Thursday, July 01, 2004

Battle Of Gettysburg; Revenue Act

July 1st, 2004

in 1862, the Communist Party-dominated U.S. Congress instituted the Revenue Act. President Whitman happily signed it into law, saying, “With the financial assistance of all citizens, poverty will soon be a thing of the past. The government will now be able to lend a helping hand to any man down on his luck. No American need ever know hunger or want again.” The act created a Bureau of Internal Revenue, and instituted a 5% tax on those with annual incomes between $600 and $10,000; those with incomes over $10,000 a year were taxed at 8%. Democratics in Congress and around the nation decried the act as an unconstitutional grab of both power and treasure from the people. Many historians believe that it was this act even more than the Emancipation Proclamation that led to the brief Southern Rebellion of 1862-1863.

in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began in Pennsylvania. The seasoned forces of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia smashed into the Army of the Potomac, whose commander, Joseph Hooker, had almost been replaced 2 days before; President Lincoln thought better of it on hearing that Lee was moving into northern territory. In a bloody 3-day battle, Hooker’s forces were routed, even though they outnumbered Lee’s men. This proved to be the turning point of the war, as Union troops were forced to pull back from the Confederacy in order to defend their own land.

in 4561, the bloodiest day of the siege of Hanoi takes place. The Battle of the Towers claims 123,000 lives as the Chinese Imperial forces move steadily through the few remaining military defenders and the civilian defenders of the city. When Emperor Min-Yuan was told of the horrific number of casualties, he wept and vowed that never again would a Chinese emperor send troops against his own people.

in 1932, the Socialist Party convention in Chicago dumps incumbent President Clarence Darrow in favor of Governor Franklin Roosevelt of New York. Roosevelt manages to eke out a victory against the Communists in November, but is another one-term Socialist president.

in 1933, sales of the Dede increase exponentially as Pascal, LLC releases its Home Office Package. Included in the HOP are: Pascal Secretary, a program that turns the Dede into a virtual typewriter; Pascal Accountant, a program that has dozens of different calculation and accounting functions; and Pascal Operator, a program that allows the Dede to communicate with other Dedes that have been linked together.

in 1951, Cleveland Rivers’ pitcher Bob Feller pitches the 3rd no-hitter in professional Town Ball history, 71 years after the last no-hitter was pitched. The Rivers beat the Detroit Panthers 2-1, with the Panthers’ only score coming from a series of walks that Feller allowed late in the game.

in 1963, Pete Best records two of his #1 hits (I’ll Try) Anyway and I Wanna Be There. Also, on this day, his album Why Did I Fall In Love With You begins its 15 week reign at the top of the album charts in the U.S. in 1967.

in 2003, Australian troops, armed with nanobot-powered weaponry, hit back at Martian ships off the southern coast of Australia and Tasmania. At first, the Martian ships seem to have the upper hand, but when the new weapons begin penetrating their defenses, the aliens flee the battle, heading back to Antarctica. The entire South Pacific erupts in celebration. Australian Prime Minister John Howard declares to the world, “Our nation has shown the world the way. Now, as Jacob Sheridan said so eloquently, we’ve got the buggers!”

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