June 23rd, 2004
in the Dreaming, the Pindanjaru began to receive signs that the pale men were approaching, and to be wary. The wise among them heard Wandjina warn them that they would have to endure many seasons under the pale men. They told their people to harden themselves for the days ahead.
in 1848, workers in Paris stage a bloody insurrection against the government. As the king dithered over what to do about them, they attracted support from across the country, and soon were able to topple the government of King Louis-Philippe. Installing Pierre Joigneaux as Prime Minister, they began building a new government based on Marxist ideals.
in 4561, a sortie out of Hanoi managed to capture two of the air rafts that had been bombarding their city. They crashed one trying to get it back to the city, but managed to salvage the other and used it to fight off other air raft. This small victory was short lived; the stolen air raft was shot down by Chinese forces in 4 days.
in 4648, the ship carrying Emperor Dao-Ming and the scientific expedition of the Chdo Democracy landed at Star City in China. The people of the empire thronged to see the aliens as they gingerly walked into the bright sun. Speaking through a translation device, K’T’Teloa n’Dhao, the leader of the expedition, said to the crowd, “Neighbors, we come in peace for all Chdo. We bring friendship, life and knowledge, and hope only to exchange such with you.” The b’Han scientists were soon the toast of the Star City social circuit, celebrities everywhere in the world.
in 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser is elected President of Egypt. The visionary leader does the unthinkable in his first year in office – he makes peace with Israel. Egypt under his rule becomes the most open and westernized of the Arab nations, and is the envy of even Israel in freedom and prosperity. Nasser attributed his success to a chance meeting with Albert Einstein in his youth. Taken with the Jewish physicist, he worked his whole life to bring about “a world where the two of us needn’t hate or fear each other for our differences,” he said in his final public speech.
in 1969, Coleman Young is sworn in as Chief Advocate of the Supreme People’s Court. The lifelong Communist Party member and activist for local soviets had risen to distinction by chairing the investigation into the assassination of Comrade President Rosenberg. Many claimed that the investigation was a thinly-disguised party whitewash of the truth, but most of the public accepted its finding that the counter-revolutionary, Oswald, had acted on his own.
in 1972, President Nixon vetoes an act barring sexual discrimination in college sports. “Women need to be able to stand on their own, without help from the government. This is the only way in which they can be truly independent.” The Republican Party never regained the women’s vote after that statement.
in 2003, Australian forces reach the coast of Antarctica and discover that the huge layer of ice that should be covering the continent has been greatly reduced. They see ships, laden with ice, leaving the surface and heading into an apparent orbit.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
June 23rd, 2004
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