On This Date In History: So many odd things on this date. For instance….in 1979 the Shah of Iran fled Iran which led to the Iranian revolution and the big spread of
militant Islamic stuff. The Shah eventually was allowed to enter the US for cancer treatment by President Carter. This led to the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Then, 12 years later on the same date in 1991, the US led a coalition in what became known as Desert Storm so that it might stop Saddam Hussein from getting Kuwait’s oil. That eventually led to our invasion of Iraq in 2003 and puts us in today’s situation. We have Iraq and Iran and the catalyst for the present day situation regarding both nations began on the same day.
On this date in 1963, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go opened in Los Angeles. It was one of the first discos in the
nation and in some way was an early example of the changing culture in America. On the same day in 1973, the series Bonanza aired its final episode. That perhaps was an example of the end of the culture in America that the Whiskey-A-Go-Go replaced. Family-type TV with the good guys and the bad guys where the good guys win and there is a moral to the story at the end seemed to be coming to an end.
On this date in 1970, baseball player Curt Flood filed a lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause. It was a long held clause in player’s contracts that basically tied a player to a team, limiting his ability to work for the highest possible wages. That led to free agency and from that point in 1970, the baseball players union began gaining strength to the point that it became one of the most powerful unions of any type in America. On this date in 2008, Congress had scheduled a hearing to investigate the illegal use of steroids and other drugs by baseball players who had been largely protected by the union. But, Congress postponed the hearing for a month so that they could collect more information on the players.
Very odd alignment of the stars I should say on this date. Three examples of an event tied to another seeming opposite, but related event….both on January 16th. Newton’s Third Law of Physics is that every action promotes and equal and opposite reaction. We often hear that history repeats itself, which is really rather untrue. But, I have found that what occurs in the physical world often is mirrored in the metaphysical. I think that this date in history is an example of that and I would suggest that we take heed in our daily lives. So often if we lash out in anger, it often prompts an equal reaction of anger. That’s the bad….the good is one act of kindness often results in a return to that kindness. Sometimes, if you do something nice for someone but get nothing in return, never fear because some day, someone will do something nice for you when you least expect it and they don’t ask for anything in return. What goes around, comes around…and it seems true on this date, January 16….a rather odd day.