Sunday, September 12, 2004

Persians Win At Marathon; Kennedy Marries Bouvier

September 12th, 2004

in Hellenic Year 3271, Persian forces led by Darius decimated Athenian forces at Marathon. The Persians held most of the Attic Peninsula until H.Y. 3417, when Apollonians under Queen Theokleia drove them back across Asia.

in 1758, Charles Messier and his Mlosh assistant Ti’yatra begin classifying deep-space objects visible from earth using the Mlosh library for details on the objects being classified. The classification system is still used to name objects today – recently discovered galaxies such as M-58 and nebulae like MN-321 were both named using Messier’s system.

in 1844, after corresponding for almost 3 years, Edgar Allan Poe and Elizabeth Barrett met in London at Miss Barrett’s home. Poe swept the reclusive Miss Barrett off her feet, and together they eloped to Italy, where they were wed in a chapel in Naples. The Poes collaborated on many works of poetry afterwards, and their love speaks through their words even today.

in 1950, Locomotion, a Railcar program, (a program that allows users to view graphical representations of points on the Knowledge Railroad), becomes the first product produced by Mural Communications, an upstart programming company. Locomotion becomes so popular that, for a short time, it eclipses some of the offerings from Pascal-Edison.

in 1953, millionaire Robert Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier in a beautiful ceremony in the capital. Kennedy, who lost 2 brothers in World War II, had often been seen as a sad and tragic figure in Washington society; with Jackie on his arm, the sadness melted away. Kennedy ran for Senate in 1956, and used this as a springboard for a successful presidential run in 1964. The nation loved the young President and his wife, comparing them to the musical Camelot; unlike the musical, though, there were no infidelities in the Kennedy household. Kennedy served as president from 1964 through 1972, when he was succeeded by his vice-president, George McGovern.

in 1954, actor Peter Scolari was born in New Rochelle, New York. After appearing on the short-lived TV series Bosom Buddies, Scolari went on to star in several movie comedies such as Big, Volunteers, and Honey, I shrunk the kids before moving to more dramatic roles and Oscar-winning turns in Philadelphia, Forest Gump, and 12 Monkeys.

in 1971, Semitic-African Resistance movement leader for South Africa, Stephen Biko, dies while trying to liberate the death camp in Lesotho. All of sub-Saharan Africa mourns his leadership.

in 2003, a long-dormant volcano explodes in Antarctica, at the precise spot that the Martian ship has been drilling. The hole seems to be artificially enhanced – the lava flow doesn’t slow down. Jacob Sheridan starts putting in some overtime in his shipboard lab.

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