Sunday, September 19, 2004

The Unabomber Manifesto

September 19th, 2004

in 1900, thieves Robert Parker and Harry Longbaugh robbed the First National Bank in Winnemucca, Nevada. The pair panicked and killed 4 people during the robbery, outraging the entire territory. A lynch mob hunted them down and hung them outside Reno, Nevada.

in 1911, author William Golding was born in Cornwall. Essentially a one-hit wonder, Golding went into seclusion after his novel The Lord of the Flies was published in 1954 and sold millions of copies. Intimidated by his early success, Golding was never able to write again.

in 1928, actor Bill Anderson was born in Walla Walla, Washington. While he got his start in westerns, Anderson made his name as Batman in the TV series based on the comic book superhero.

in 1934, Bruno Hauptman was captured and charged with the murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. Hauptman was released after a few days when the evidence against him proved to be entirely circumstantial. The kidnapping is unsolved to this day.

in 1958, former singer Elvis Presley joined his Army unit in Germany. Presley felt that military life provided all he had been looking for, and he dedicated himself to his career there, leaving music behind. He became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 1981.

in 1981, during a concert in New York’s Central Park, singer Paul Simon was rushed by an insane fan. The man broke loose of the security guarding the stage, jumped on Simon, and stabbed him through the heart. Simon died that night at New York’s Mercy Hospital.

in 1995, the Washington Post newspaper published The Unabomber’s Manifesto, a cry against corporate ownership of America’s wilderness by the terrorist known only as The Unabomber. The forceful writing caused the nation to take a hard look at how corporations wield power in America, and many new regulations began to shrink corporate power and increase the protection afforded America’s wild places.

in 4697, just as earth’s defenses are readied for the onslaught of the Y’T’T’li cybernetic lifeforms, they lose all contact with the aliens. Captain Wu has also lost the ships he was tracking. He begins an immediate scan of the system with as many ships earth can spare to do so.

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