Sunday, October 31, 2004


October 31st, 2004

in 1070, Druid and Christian priests meet at the Stonehenge and battle for the soul of England. The Christians call upon the power of Christ and the forces of all the saints, while the Druids use the proximity of Samhain and the closeness of their dark gods to reinforce their power. While the Christians drive away the Druids, they were only banished temporarily; and each Samhain, when the walls between their world and ours are the thinnest, they return to renew their battle until the day comes when they might emerge victorious.

in 1846, the Donner party became trapped in a pass in the Sierra Mountains. They made their winter camp at Truckee Lake. They had plenty of supplies to get them through the winter, and were prepared to wait. What they were unprepared for was the hideous beast that waited in the lake to feed upon their flesh…

in 1902, sensors within the solar system detect something that distorts space and time around it approaching the earth. Powerless to stop it, they watch as it descends on the Mlosh colony ship and gathered Mlosh in the Sahara Desert; its formless and unspeakable horror driving both men and Mlosh mad at the sight. For a long day and night, the Mlosh battle this hideous demon from beyond the stars; humanity prays that its allies win the struggle.

in 1926, famed escape artist Harry Houdini fell ill after a mysterious woman visited him back stage prior to performing his act in Detroit, Michigan. After a couple of days, he recovered, but seemed to have developed some sort of skin condition; he grew very pale, and would only perform or make public appearances at night. His act became even more daring, though; he escaped from traps as if he could turn into a wisp of smoke.

in 1961, Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb, only to bring its foul curse upon all of Russia. It creeps across the streets of Moscow, draining the essence from unfortunate comrades, using their energy to fuel its undead existence. It is finally stopped when an Egyptologist, a spunky Red Army soldier and a beautiful young nurse from Moscow People’s Hospital destroy the ankh that was keeping it alive.

in 1963, during a “Holiday on Ice” show in Indiana, young skater Missy Black tumbles during a number, sending the audience into howls of laughter. Unfortunately for them, the young Miss Black had horrible telekinetic powers, and she didn’t like being laughed at. Her rage exploded a propane tank in the rink, engulfing the crowd in flames. Black supposedly perished in the blaze, but her body was never found.

in 1987, Joseph Campbell, explorer of ancient myths, dies and is buried in Honolulu, Hawaii. That night, he appears in a dream to George Lucas, who conceives a new trilogy for his Star Wars saga based on the tales that Campbell brings to him from the other side; but, he has to tone down the Gungan that Campbell speaks of, because its horror is too much for an audience to take.

in 2003, the dead rise from their graves and walk the land as the Holy British Empire hears the 6th trumpet. The walking dead cry for the living to repent before the final trumpet sounds, that they may not suffer the fate of the damned.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

President Gore Throws Pitch In World Series

October 30th, 2004

in 1485, the Papal Guards, popularly known as Beefeaters, were created by Pope Henry VII. They have guarded Buckingham Cathedral and all the Popes of the Holy British Empire since then.

in 1650, the murderous cult that called itself The Society of Friends first gained its popular name of Quakers when founder George Fox told them that “the unbelievers will quake and tremble at our approach”.

in 1902, an encrypted message was broadcast from the old Mlosh colony ship in the Sahara Desert towards the center of the galaxy. Many human radio astronomers were able to intercept the message, but no one was able to break the code on it. By this point, the Sahara was teeming with the alien race, since the colony ship wasn’t large enough to hold them all. Human messengers sent to the site were rebuffed politely but firmly, and the Mlosh refused to respond to vidcoms.

in 1938, the Mercury Theater was interrupted by breaking news from New Jersey of an invasion from Mars. After the hideous takeover of our government, the news program was passed off as a “hoax” by radio actor Orson Welles; the truth wasn’t revealed until decades later, when the Red Planet’s influence was finally eradicated from our government.

in 4646, Star Sailor Yang LiWei was born on the moon colony, the first child born there since it was repopulated after contact with the Chdo. Yang was the first human being to see the galactic core, traveling there in the experimental Chdo-Human hybrid vessel, the Black Swan.

in 1958, after convincing the Soviet government to allow him to travel to Sweden for the Nobel Prize Awards so that he could refuse his, Arthur Miller officially requested political asylum from the Swedish government. In his request, he denounced the state of free speech within the Soviet States of America, and likened the influence of America to “an iron curtain that has descended across all of North America, squelching artistic and political expression in subservience to the state.” Needless to say, Comrade President Joel Rosenberg lost no time denouncing Miller as a reactionary counter-revolutionary, no friend of the common people.

in 1995, the Canadian province of Quebec narrowly approves a referendum on secession from Canada. After intense negotiations, it becomes the sovereign nation of Quebec in 1997, followed by New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland/Labrador. In 1999, British Columbia and Yukon Territories join the United States by treaty, and by the end of the century, Canada is only the center of the former great nation.

in 2001, President Al Gore threw out the 1st pitch at game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Republicans denounced his action roundly; as trivial showboating when America was at war with terrorism; as dangerous to the nation, since he didn’t wear a bullet-proof vest while on the mound; and as wimpy, since his pitch didn’t strike out the batter. Just as he had during his campaign, President Gore laughed off the Republican complaints; a winning strategy - he seems to be on his way to reelection.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Sir Walter Raleigh Escapes; Senator Glenn Is Abducted

October 29th, 2004

in 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh narrowly escaped to France after being sentenced to death by the British Crown. He had violated an order to avoid molesting Spanish possessions on a gold-hunting trip to Orinoco, and on his return to Britain, was seized and given to the hangman. Raleigh had a few friends that arranged for him to slip out of prison and float across the Channel, where he spent the rest of his days as an exile in the French court.

in 1863, Swiss “philanthropist” Henri Dunant founds the International Order of the Red Cross, which, in its public face, was dedicated to aiding the wounded and ill from war and disaster around the globe. Its hidden agenda, of course, was to advance the cause of the Swiss Illuminati, and bring even more power to its secret leaders.

in 1902, Mlosh across the solar system began heading to earth’s Sahara desert by whatever transport they could arrange. None of them discussed the reason for the voyage with humans at all; indeed, they had become remarkably close-mouthed about everything lately. But, none would allow themselves to be stopped from getting to the Sahara.

in 1929, the stock market in New York utterly collapses, as millions of shares are sold off in a panic that became known as “Black Tuesday”. After profits from stocks disappeared, so did most of the nation’s banks, and the United States erupted into anarchy. By the beginning of the next year, 14 states had seceded, and President Hoover had declared martial law and the suspension of civil liberties everywhere the U.S. military could control.

in 1956, the New Reich begins an all-out invasion of Africa after subduing Egypt, Sudan and South Africa. The weapons they wield prove too powerful for any nation on the continent to resist, and the Africans find themselves in much the same position as the Greater Zionist Resistance before them; having to wage a guerilla campaign in order to survive.

in 1957, Buddy Holly’s 1st #1 hit, Oh Boy was released by Brunswick Records. It marked the beginning of a string unequaled by any other artist – Holly managed a #1 in each of 5 decades across his career from the 50’s to the 90’s. Only ill health kept him from continuing the string into the 21st century.

in 1969, during the trial of the Chicago Eight, Comrade Judge William Kunstler orders defendant Oliver North bound and gagged to prevent his constant disruptions of the court proceedings. North and his fellow reactionaries had attempted to disrupt the Socialist National Party Convention in Chicago.

in 1998, Senator John Glenn’s triumphant return to space ended on a sour note as, during a routine EVA, he was snatched from the space shuttle Discovery by what appeared to be a flying saucer. Unable to deny now that such things existed, President Clinton revealed to the nation that aliens had been performing experiments on human beings for decades, and the United States was working on a method of defense; due to the highly sensitive security nature of the matter, he was not at liberty to say any more. Senator Glenn, however, was returned the next week.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The New Colossus

October 28th, 2004

in 1065 AUC, the forces of Maxentius destroy the Emperor Constantine, who had begun trusting in visions to direct his actions. His most recent had been to convert to an obscure religion called Christianity.

in 1636, Harvard College was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The first institution of higher learning in the colonies, it became a branch of Cambridge University in England after the unsuccessful American Rebellion of the 1770’s. The program became highly successful under strong British leadership, and it is one of the largest colleges in North America today.

in 1886, Socialist President Grover Cleveland celebrated the ties between the comrades of France and America with the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame with conquering limbs astride from land to land, rang the words of the poet inscribed at its base. The towering figure of a woman escaping the chains of oppression, holding aloft the sword of socialism, has been the symbol of America ever since.

in 1919, the U.S. Congress defeated the Volstead Act, which would have made it illegal to buy or sell alcoholic beverages in America, except for medicinal purposes. President Wilson called it “one of the most colossal blunders ever to see the light of day in the legislature”.

in 1940, the German Underground invaded Greece. Although the Greeks resisted well, the superior armaments of the G.U. eventually wore them down. They became the first nation conquered by the G.U. in Europe that wasn’t in the hands of the Greater Zionist Resistance.

in 1955, future Pascal-Edison chairman William Gates III is born in Seattle, Washington. Gates started as an O.S. designer in the 70’s, but quickly moved up the corporate ladder after showing his business acumen with a deal where American schools were locked into a contract with Pascal-Edison for their difference engine needs for 10 years in order to receive free programs for 1 year.

in 4694, a shuttle used to transport people between the inner planets was hijacked by pilot Yuan Bin. He threatened to crash it into the Imperial Palace in Beijing unless his pay was raised. The Emperor’s Star Fleet officers took swift action and disabled the vessel, then towed the ship to the moon. Emperor Xiao took pity on the man and pardoned him after the Imperial Council presents him with a study that shows the woeful pay rate of small-ship pilots in the solar system. The Emperor took steps afterwards to improve living conditions for those who sailed the solar waves.

in 2003, London is shaken by a strong earthquake and several aftershocks. Parts of Buckingham Cathedral collapse, but Pope Righteous I is not harmed, according to the Pope’s spokesman. His Holiness doesn’t make an appearance to calm the population of the city, so rumors start to run wild that the Buckingham staff are keeping his death quiet.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Nobel Peace Prize Controversy

October 27th, 2004

in the Dreaming, the great spider heard the cries of the wise men and came to their aid, wrapping the flies in his cocoon. But even he could not find all of the people who were lost in the heavens, their webs cut off from the land. The wise men spun their webs again, and began their long search for the lost ones.

in 960, the infidel Michael Servetus of Espagne was stoned to death for attempting to convert faithful Muslims to his Christian religion. The Caliphs of Espagne had been merciful to Christians of the country, but had forbidden them from attempting to convert good Muslims; Servetus paid the price for his arrogance.

in 1656, Quaker killers William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are executed by Massachusetts after a brief trial confirming their guilt. They had been the accomplices of notorious murderers Ann Austin and Mary Fisher, who reportedly killed a hundred men for their bizarre cult.

in 1728, Captain James Cook was born in Marton, England. As a young man, he escaped the poverty of his childhood by joining the crew of an asteroid mining ship, and quickly rose to command it. A Mlosh officer aboard the Sentry-class vessel Sibin’Qar who had once served with him brought him aboard as a Lieutenant, and in 1759, he became its Captain. The Sibin’Qar became the most famous ship of the British Royal Navy, as Cook explored the nearest star systems to earth. In his time, he traveled further than any other human alive.

in 1871, Democratic party boss William Tweed is arrested for corruption by Communist Attorney General David Wade. The arrest of the most powerful Democrat in New York brings the Democratic party in New York crashing down. With the loss of New York, the party soon began losing its hold over other states, and in 1884, was completely absorbed into the Socialist Party.

in 1936, Wallis Simpson, American socialite, was granted a divorce from her husband Ernest. 4 months later, she married Edward Windsor, also known as King Edward VIII. This scandal nearly toppled the British Crown, but Conservatives in the government suppressed liberals who had wanted to depose Edward. This suppression became worse as Edward reached a hand of friendship across to Nazi Germany during its war on the continent.

in 1962, Nikita Kruschev refuses to back down from the placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba, and President Kennedy orders troops onto the island to remove them. The resulting nuclear exchange kills hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia. The survivors of this holocaust, mostly in the southern hemisphere, are plagued by cancer and other diseases for decades afterwards. The tenuous nature of life on earth enforces a strict code of non-violence among the remaining nations, and humanity pulls itself back from the brink a much stronger race than before.

in 1978, in a highly controversial move, the Swedish Nobel Peace Prize Committee gave its award to Semitic-African Resistance leaders Anwar Sadat and Elie Wiesel for their resistance against the global spread of Nazism. After this award, the Peace Prize was officially discontinued.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

A Rain Of Frogs

October 26th, 2004

in the Dreaming, the flies begin to pick at the people’s webs, plucking strands off more quickly than the people can spin new ones. Many of the people, on heavenly lands that were connected to the world only by single webs, are cut off, and never seen again. The wise men of the land call out to the great spider for aid.

in 1825, the Erie Tunnels began operation in the Great Lakes of North America. The high-speed train services provided an alternate to air travel and opened the way to the creation of underwater cities. Today, millions of people in the North American Confederation travel the tunnels every day.

in 1881, the reactionary Earp brothers, with their friend J.H. Holliday, ambush Sheriff Johnny Behan and his deputies, Ike & Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. The famous gunfight at the OK Corral was one of the last gasps of the old order in the west attempting to assert itself through violence; Comrade Behan and Deputy Frank McLaury survived, but the Earps, Holliday and the Clantons were all killed.

in 2670 AUC, the Slavic people of the Scythian Province mount a rebellion against the Roman Republic. For 7 years, the Slav chieftain Vladimirus held Rome off and kept the frozen north in his iron grip. When he died of a liver disease in 2678, his rebellion ended shortly afterward; by 2680, Scythia was a Roman province again.

in 1948, future president Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago, Illinois. The Yale graduate moved back to Illinois after law school, where she entered into legal practice before winning a seat in the U.S. House in 1978. Her 14 years of government experience stood her in good stead when running against President Barbara Pierce in1992.

in 1965, international superstar Pete Best is awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. The Buckingham Palace ceremony was the most chaotic in memory, with tabloid photographers grappling for the best vantage points for pictures.

in 1975, the Broadway musical A Chorus Line, turned out not to be one singular sensation after its premiere; but, the soundtrack proved that there was life after musical death. It continued to sell for years after the musical folded in 1976, and even prompted a revival of the show in 1985.

in 2003, Pope Righteous I made his last public appearance, speaking from Buckingham Cathedral. His voice was weak, and he was obviously suffering from some illness himself, as were his priests. “Have faith in your Lord,” he told his waiting faithful, “and We will watch over and protect you. Ignore the cries of the Protestants, for they are damned. Only We can wash you clean.” As he spoke those words, a rain of frogs began pelting the streets of London.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Flies In The Web; John Foster Dulles Is [CENSORED]

October 25th, 2004

in the Dreaming, as the webs of the people spread into the heavens, flies come along and land in those webs. They speak soothingly to the wise men, and ask that the people release them from their webs, and they will bring many gifts in return. The wise men council together, and decide to release the flies. It was a mistake.

in 1415, the English and the French clashed at Picardy. The Battle of Agincourt, though hard fought by the English under King Henry V, was carried by the French cavalry. The French endured heavy losses against the English bowmen, but managed to break them, anyway. It paved the way for French domination of Europe for the next century.

in 1870, R’Tegumar, Mlosh candidate for First Minister of the North American Confederation, is assassinated by French actress Sarah Bernhardt while visiting that country. Bernhardt had been associated with a Human League-funded group of actors since her teens, and had spoken out recently about the Mlosh’s visit to her native country.

in 1912, opera singer Sarah Colley is born in Tennessee. Although she came from a rural background, a music teacher at her high school encouraged her to pursue opera singing as a career, and her lovely voice enabled her to travel the world.

in 1917, comrades in Russia attempted to wrest power from the reactionary Czar Nicholas. The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Ulyonov, were crushed by the Russian Army, but left behind a legacy that inspired many labor unions, or soviets, to organize in the coming decade. These soviets, in turn, inspired American Communists with their spirit so much that they renamed the country after them in the 1930’s.

in 1954, a presidential cabinet meeting was televised for the first time. The meeting broke into chaos when John Foster Dulles revealed his hid[CENSORED][CENSORED][CENSORED]

in 1964, the Gathering Moss appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, giving American audiences their first national look at the young bluesmen from London. Apparently, it liked what it saw; the Moss have been the top band in the world since then.

in 1990, Buster Douglas successfully defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Evander Holyfield. Although floored by a devastating blow in the 3rd round, Douglas managed to make it back to his feet and recover the strength to take the fight 4 more rounds, when he knocked Holyfield to the mat with a shattering right to the jaw. Holyfield didn’t come back up.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

The 5th Trumpet

October 24th, 2004

in the Dreaming, the great spider’s web linking the heavens to the earth was traveled by many wise men, and they learned the secrets of spinning their own; before long, their webs strung the sky and provided a pathway for the best and bravest of the people to venture into the heavens.

in 1851, William Lassell’s colony on Triton sends explorers to the Uranian moons of Ariel and Umbriel to begin branch colonies there. During the 1860’s, when so much trouble was going on for the Mlosh on earth, the outer planets proved no haven for them, since Lassell’s people had no love for the aliens.

in 1929, millions of shares of stock were sold off on Wall Street, sending the nation into a panic about the financial state of the country. President Hoover himself went down to the New York Stock Exchange the next day and pleaded for calm from investors. This action, plus an assurance that the government would regulate businesses more strictly unless calm prevailed, allowed stocks to break even over the next few days. Hoover’s calm in this crisis led the nation out of Black Thursday with only a slight dip in employment and led to his reelection in 1932.

in 1943, the first elements of the Semitic-African Resistance organize themselves around clandestine ham radio operators in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. The S.A.R. were the heirs to the legacy of the Greater Zionist Resistance, attempting to protect their people after the G.Z.R. dream of conquest had been defeated.

in 1970, President Richard Nixon “asked” broadcasters to begin screening out songs that encouraged drug use. When a few licenses were revoked for failure to comply with this “request”, virtually all radio stations in the country sanitized their music. Rock and roll went into a long death spiral after this.

in 1987, the Senate, in a rebuke to Comrade President Ann Richards, denies her nominee for the Supreme People’s Court, fellow Texas Socialist James Hightower. The Senate felt that Comrade Richards was attempting to concentrate too many of her old Texas Soviet cronies into high office with her. This was probably what led her to choose a New Hampshire native, David Souter, for her next judicial nominee.

in 1991, Star Trek producer/creator Bob Wesley dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. His vision of the future started not only his own career but those of Emmy and Oscar winners William Shatner, Martin Landau, Will Wheaton and Patrick Stewart. Wesley will always be remembered with great affection by the millions who followed that vision.

in 2003, after a 5th trumpet sounds throughout the Holy British Empire, millions see Estelle Gerard in the sky over London; many even see her at the head of a choir of angels. Priests who had been faithful to Pope Righteous I begin to develop diseases, and die in great numbers over the next few days.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Irish Declaration Of Independence

October 23rd, 2004

in 1805, Ireland declared its independence from the United Kingdom, launching a 4-year war for freedom from the British Crown. Since one of the Mlosh colony ships had landed on the Emerald Isle, there was a sizable minority of the aliens claiming Irish citizenship, and they stood with their neighbors against the British. They were at the forefront of the war, and after victory, instrumental in turning Ireland into a democratic confederation.

in 2558 AUC, the Aeneus, a Greek vessel carrying almost a thousand people to Vinland, sinks off the coast of the continent. Almost 400 people are killed in the accident, making it the worst naval disaster in the republic during the 26th century.

in 1905, Felix Bloch was born in Zurich, Switzerland. After moving to America in 1933, the great physicist fell in with Richard Tolman’s parallel dimensions cult and his Nobel win in 1952 gave it a shot of credibility. Like so many other members of the cult, he mysteriously disappeared in 1960 after giving a lecture at Stanford University about the ability to cross between realities at will.

in 1956, the comrades of Hungary attempted to throw off the shackles of their reactionary oppressors. In spite of aid given by a sympathetic Soviet States of America, the country’s prime minister, a puppet of Russian and West German capitalists, crushes the rebellion with military assistance from those governments. Comrade President Joel Rosenberg calls it, “a black day for the freedom-loving people of Europe”.

in 1959, polka king Alfred Yankovic was born in Lynwood, California. Yankovic took a form of music that had been confined to Lawrence Welk specials and Polish festivals and gave it a brief period of “hipness” in the 1980’s. He still continues to perform professionally, but mainly at Polish festivals, now.

in 1962, Little Steve Judkins released his first single, Thank you for loving me all the way, at the tender age of 12. Judkins caught the attention of Texas rocker Buddy Holly, who produced 3 albums with the young singer, all of which went gold. Judkins is still popular today, having produced such classics as Superstitious and My Cherie Amour.

in 1978, Doctor Barnett Slepian was shot to death at his home in Amherst, New York. Slepian, a Jewish doctor who had been suspected of treating Semitic-African Resistance members without reporting them, had been threatened with death many times in his career, but had always managed to evade the killers until this day.

in 1983, the Beirut Airport was annihilated by car bombs. Several groups claimed responsibility, but the country was in such chaos that the real culprits will probably never be known. Fortunately for the U.S., a plan to house Marines at the Airport had been discarded due to the possibility of just such an attack. 58 French soldiers who had been barracked in the city were killed by a similar attack that day.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Let There Be Light

October 22nd, 2004

in 4004 BC, God said, Let there be light! at 8 P.M. He’s had a few troubles with the whole creation thing ever since…

in the Dreaming, the wise men gathered at the Great Rock and truly did see a spider’s web dropping from the heavens to them. When the spider beckoned them to climb up, only the bravest could force themselves up; but the few that did were drawn up the web to the spider’s lair, and they could see all the land from there. The spider gave them great wisdom, and left them his web, and told them to teach the people of the heavens.

in 1797, Andres-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump from a height of 3000 feet. The first successful parachute jump, unfortunately for Monsieur Garnerin, was still some months away.

in 1870, Human League terrorists in London kidnapped a Mlosh priest and 4 of his young acolytes. They had 2 demands: freedom for all Human Leaguers, and an inspection of the Mlosh colony ships that were still in several countries. Although most of the colony ships had been abandoned for over a century, Human Leaguers had maintained that the Mlosh kept humans in them for experimentation. When they were granted the inspection by the Mlosh British Council, they abandoned their other demand; however, once they were escorted to the colony ship in Gloucester, police sharpshooters took them all down, with only 1 acolyte being wounded.

in 1887, Comrade John Reed, journalist and politician, is born in Portland, Oregon. Although his family was filled with reactionaries, Reed embraced the Marxist-Thoreauvian mindset of the 19th century and was soon a powerful figure in national politics. He was the Communist candidate for President in 1912, losing out to Socialist Woodrow Wilson.

in 1937, King Edward VII of Great Britain meets with German Underground leader Adolf Hitler and pledges his nation’s support against the Greater Zionist Resistance. It is the first national alliance that Hitler and his time-traveling neo-Nazi allies are able to secure, and it brings in many others who had been waiting for another nation to take the first step.

in 1964, the rock band High Numbers won a record deal with EMI after a blistering audition. Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend, the leaders of the band, have become legends in the music industry since then.

in 1979, the United States refused entrance to the former Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Even though many in Congress growled that the Shah had been an ally of good standing, President Carter felt that allowing him entrance might endanger Americans in Iran. He proved right; when Canada allowed him to receive medical treatment there, Iranian students stormed the Canadian embassy and took it hostage for almost a month before negotiations allowed Canada to extract all its people.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Qang'dlip'a; Sylvie Gerard Is Raptured

October 21st, 2004

in 1722, the Mlosh celebrated their first Qang’dlip’a festival on earth. The main colony ship on the edge of the Sahara invited the humans from the surrounding Berber communities to join in, marking the first time non-Mlosh had participated in the festival, as well. Honor was given to the ancestors and descendants of the Mlosh on board the various colony ships, and earth was affirmed as their new home.

in 1805, the Battle of Trafalgar took place at sea between Admiral Horatio Nelson’s British fleet and Napolean’s Italian sailors. When Nelson was killed on his ship, it demoralized the British navy and wrecked their chances of victory in the conflict; Napolean’s men swept them from the sea and continued their dominance of the waves.

in 1879, Thomas Edison perfects a display for his Eddie difference engines that consists of hundreds of small light-bulbs behind a smoked glass window. The Eddie, by controlling what lights come on, is able to spell out letters and even rudimentary pictures with the lights, and this revolutionizes what people are able to do with the difference engine.

in 1929, Comrade Ursula K. LeGuin is born in Berkeley, California Soviet. She rose through the ranks of the party machinery in California to head the Press Department in Washington, D.C. under Comrade President Gus Hall from 1970-1972. After Comrade Hall left office, she went into private, penning children’s stories. In her later years, she has become somewhat reactionary, decrying the “excesses” of American Communism, and so her writing has fallen out of favor.

in 1930, Astrid Pflaume, neo-Nazi time traveler, during a particularly hostile engagement between her Greater Zionist Resistance and Russian Cossacks, is shot in the chest. Fortunately for her, a young medic on her team is able to save her life. On her recovery, she awards him the Medal of Abraham, the G.Z.R.’s highest award. It is thought that this is the point at which she decided to turn on her former benefactors and aid the Jews of this timeline in maintaining their lives and their freedom.

in 1964, the musical Pygmalion made its debut in New York City to rave reviews. Based on the play by George Bernard Shaw, starring Reggie Harrison and Audrey Ruston, the tuneful adaptation didn’t shy away from Shaw’s somewhat bleak ending, which had worried the studio. As it turned out, nobody wanted Eliza to end up with Professor Higgins, anyway.

in 4683, Ying-Chin Ho, a Formosa islander on the Imperial Council, dies of inoperable cancer. A bright man of sunny disposition, Ying was often mentioned as a future Emperor by his colleagues, but his disease sadly put an end to that dream.

in 2003, as the fire is lit on Sylvie Gerard’s stake to burn her to death, a fourth clear trumpet sound blasts through the land, and a light from above shines on Ms. Gerard. Her bonds slip away and her body floats into the sky and disappears. As the entire event was captured on video being shown live to the entire Holy British Empire, it is difficult to dispute the fact of the event; nevertheless, Pope Righteous I announces that Sylvie Gerard has been saved by her Satanic lord, and all good Christians should pray for her soul.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Visions Of A Spider From Heaven

October 20th, 2004

in the Dreaming, visions came to all of the wise men that they should gather underneath the backbone of the night after the next full moon; a spider would be dropping his web down from the heavens, and those with courage could climb it.

in the 14th year of Ankrus’ reign, the slave poet Homerus is born. By virtue of his beautiful tales of the gods of his people, Homerus rose to a position of prominence in Ankrus’ court. The blind man never left the Pharaoh’s side, even unto death; when Ankrus was entombed, Homerus was beside him, to sing him songs of the gods on his journey to the underworld.

in 1592, William Shakespeare entered his play Richard III into the Stationer’s Register. Although it is widely believed to be one of his top 3 plays, it was never performed in his own time because of its favorable portrayal of King Richard, whom the reigning Tudor family had unlawfully usurped at the end of the War of the Roses.

in 1731, in what was probably the last display of purely Mlosh-against-Mlosh violence on earth, a small faction following the Mlosh leader Zri’Tam’a attempted to gain control of the main colony ship in the Sahara desert. The main body of the Mlosh fought and killed this faction, and they were notoriously tight-lipped about the incident for the rest of their lives. Many human historians, reading Zri’Tam’a’s journals afterwards, have come to the conclusion that she wanted to take control of the earth away from the humans, and the majority of the Mlosh were unutterably opposed to such an action, fortunately for humanity.

in 12-14-5-3-5, Utehuanoco charts the motions of the planets and devises his theory of stellar dance. He explains that stars are objects of great mass which distort the space around them, causing anything within the distorted space to move and sway to the rhythms of the stars. This revolutionizes astronomy in the Oeztecan Empire, and leads to advances in their study of space.

in 1942, prominent African-Americans in Durham, North Carolina, issue the Durham Manifesto, calling on white Americans to stand for racial justice and end the scourge of hatred spreading across the country. Lynchings were at an all-time high, fanned by the fires of the German Underground’s war in Eurasia and the American Bund’s efforts to turn non-Aryan Americans into second-class citizens. While many reasonable people were swayed by the heart-felt plea of the manifesto, reason was not the emotion that was carrying the country away. Most of the signers of the manifesto were themselves lynched shortly after its publication.

in 1950, Wilson Whitaker of Hadenfield, New Jersey, started a company selling treats to children from a truck he drove around his town. One of the treats he sold was an old recipe that he was surprised had never caught on - ice cream, a confection made by freezing cream mixed with plenty of sugar and flavorings. Whitaker wrapped the cream around sticks and covered them with chocolate, but always ended up with plenty left over at the end of the day. He stopped selling them after a few weeks; but his Candy Van, as it became known, has become a neighborhood fixture across America.

in 2003, rumors of Estelle Gerard fly around London as the Templars tear the city apart to find her. They do succeed in finding her mother, Sylvie, who is brought to Buckingham Cathedral in chains. Pope Righteous I announces that she will be burned at the stake for witchcraft the next morning, and commands all good Christians within the Holy British Empire to view her suffering.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Iri Telel; The October Massacre

October 19th, 2004

mg 9867, ciwalha do nthh estec hireohai thega a tir yor shjie makl ni cantha. Iri Telel ns ene a ni rheh yoy mantha.

in 1781, Lord Cornwallis achieved his greatest military victory as he crushed the combined French and rebel forces at Yorktown. The so-called Continental Congress surrendered three days later when news of the devastating defeat reached them in Pennsylvania. Lord Cornwallis was named Viceroy of the American Colonies for his service to the Crown.

in 1844, songwriter Raul Mendoza was born in Spain. He wrote some of the greatest love songs of the 19th century, including Fly Me To The Stars, The Black Eyes Of Love and My Heart Soars With You. Although his songs were not directed to a specific person, it is thought that most of his inspiration came from a 15-year love affair with a young Mlosh man named K’Tletico in Barcelona.

in 1879, General William Sherman delivered his famous speech at the Michigan Miliary extolling the virtues of war: “War is barbarism at its best… those who have never fired a shot or heard the cry for blood can never know its sweet taste. War is Heaven.

in 4605, the first child is born in the Chinese Empire’s lunar colony. Li Zhu-Dong’s birth is celebrated by the Emperor himself, who decorates Li as a Youth Hero. Li grows up to become active in the space program, and dies when his colony at Yang Gao is destroyed by the Y’T’T’li.

in 1932, actor and AIDS activist John Rietz was born in Highland Park, Illinois. Rietz was well-known on Broadway when he was offered the role of Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch. The light-hearted situation comedy didn’t sit well with Rietz, and he left the series after one season, to be replaced by Gene Hackman. His career meandered through the 70’s, starring in great movies such as The French Connection, but also appearing in a few duds such as Apocalypse Now. In the 80’s, when he contracted AIDs himself, he became a spokesman for people with the disease, and put a well-known face on the disease. He raised millions before succumbing to the illness in 1989.

in 1967, the event that came to be known as the October Massacre took place near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Soviet. Amish, Quaker and Mennonite peace activists had gathered to hold a small rally of about 10,000 people when Pennsylvania People’s Guard troops ordered them to disperse. Lt. William Calley of the P.P.G. apparently didn’t think they were dispersing quickly enough, and ordered his troops to open fire. Over 2,000 were killed in the mayhem; Calley was court-martialed and executed for his actions that day.

in 2003, the Templars of Pope Righteous I begin searching door-to-door in London for Estelle Gerard. Although they find many hidden Estellians, they do not find the child herself. Pope Righteous offers complete absolution of all sins to the person who turns Gerard in.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Francis Bacon Tried For Witchcraft Again; Oswald Born In Texas Soviet

October 18th, 2004

in 1620, Francis Bacon is tried for witchcraft again, after many witnesses see him at a secret rite in the woods outside of London. All the witnesses disappear before the trial begins, and he is freed.

in 1719, the Mlosh begin the journey from their homeworld to earth. They have never spoken of the reason for choosing earth when there were apparently other compatible worlds on the way.

in 2553 AUC, slavery is officially outlawed within the borders of the Roman Republic. The move is hailed as a progressive step forward by liberals within the Republic, but many conservatives feel they are giving upa part of their culture extending back thousands of years. The former slaves tend to side with the liberals.

in 4501, actor Min-Hau is born in the Nanking province of the Empire. He is noted for his many portrayals of western barbarians in his work; in fact, in his most controversial play, Sons of the Setting Sun, Min-Hau actually had westerners on stage with him, although none were allowed speaking roles.

in 1926, photographer Charles Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Berry shattered the preconceptions of 1950’s America with his stark, black-and-white portraits of life among African-Americans during the period. His pictures and their popularization are often credited with spurring the conscience of the government enough to do something about African-American poverty.

in 1931, Thomas Edison dies. His electrical inventions such as the Eddie, Maggie and electric car revolutionized America and gave it the tools with which to spring forth into the 20th century as the greatest inventive power ever known on earth. President Herbert Hoover called him the greatest American since Thomas Jefferson at his funeral in New Jersey.

in 1939, fascist counter-revolutionary Lee Harvey Oswald was born in the Soviet of Texas, in Fort Worth. In spite of spending part of his youth in the People’s Marine Corps, Oswald was seduced by capitalist reactionaries and their influence caused him to assassinate Comrade President Joel Rosenberg in 1962. All available evidence points to him being a lone gunman, but many on the lunatic fringe of society believe he was part of a larger conspiracy.

in 2003, Pope Righteous I issues an edict forbidding any Christian of the Holy British Empire from dealing in any way with Estellians, on penalty of excommunication. He also makes excommunication punishable by death. A dozen Estellians are rounded up that day and hung in the courtyard of Buckingham Cathedral, to prove his point.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Civil War Among The Hopi

October 17th, 2004

in 888, Tomas de Torquemada launched his Inquisatores, bent on bringing Espagne back to the infidel Christians. His torturers killed many of the faithful Muslim peasants in their limpieza de sangre (cleanliness of blood) movement. They were finally halted when Torquemada was executed in 904; Allah is merciful.

in 1787, civil war breaks out in the southwestern North American nation of the Hopi. Part of the Hopi believe that the Mlosh are the spirits that their ancestors spoke of being from the sky and wants to join the North American Confederation the Mlosh are talking about; the rest of the nation considers that an assault on their own beliefs. The war lasts for 13 years, and in the end, the Hopi are left a small people, isolated from the rest of the continent.

in 1903, radio, stage and television star Irene Noblette was born in El Paso, Texas. Although an accomplished performer who, on Les Hope’s military tours in World War II, was known as the gal who makes Les Hope laugh, she didn’t become famous until her stint on the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies. After the series ended, she performed on Broadway in the musical Pippin, but had to leave the show because of poor health. She recovered in 1974 and starred for the next 3 years in the TV series Granny’s House, a thinly-veiled ripoff of her previous series. Her foundation today hands out scholarships to deserving actors and actresses in college, and an Irene Noblette nomination is a mark of honor on any performer’s resume.

in 1973, part of OPEC began an embargo against the United States and Great Britain for their support of Israel. President McGovern of the U.S. used this embargo to move the country away from fossil fuels and onto alternative energy sources; by the end of McGovern’s second term, windmills, solar and nuclear power plants, hydrogen and even alcohol provided the power to run the country, and OPEC tried in vain to bring America back as a customer with much lower prices. With America leading the way, OPEC’s stranglehold on energy was broken.

in 1977, President James Earl Carter signs a bill restoring Abraham Lincoln’s citizenship. Lincoln, of course, had been the president of the breakaway Union states during America’s civil war. His citizenship was stripped from him when he was recaptured at the end by the victorious Confederate forces.

in 1988, Socialist Party Secretary Comrade Lyndon LaRouche is found innocent of fraud and corruption charges at a trial in Illinois. “As I’ve always said, these charges are baseless,” the Comrade Secretary told the press. “It shows how far the Communists are willing to go to suppress views other than their own.”

in 1991, pastor Ernest Ford died in Los Angeles, California. The Tennessean with a voice on loan from God as one parishioner put it, had entered the ministry in his home state during the Great Depression, and his messages of hope and beautiful singing voice brought thousands to hear him preach. He became a national radio minister in the 40’s, and moved to television in the 50’s, starting a ministry in Los Angeles to be at the heart of it all. At his funeral in Palo Alto, over 10,000 people waited in the rain to pay their final respects to the pastor.

in 2003, Estelle Gerard appears on the streets of London; but this Estelle Gerard is a teenager, not the toddler that people have seen before. “This is the last hour of God’s mercy,” she tells the crowd that rapidly assembles at the Tower of London. “The British Empire has ceased to be holy, and those who have corrupted it must face His wrath.” As Templars arrive to arrest her, another trumpet note sounds, and Gerard disappears.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Heretical Bishops Burned At The Stake; Melenkov Ousted In Soviet Union

October 16th, 2004

in 1555, heretical Protestant bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake for defying the rule of Holy Mother Church personified in the Pope, Mary I. Like her father, Henry VIII, Pope Mary believed that heretics should be made to feel what hell was going to be like if they dared practice their dark occultism within the Holy British Empire.

in 1758, Nouh Webstir, grate reformir uv thee Eenglish laingwige, wuz born in Hartfird, Koneticut.

in 1854, Irish revolutionary hero Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. Throughout his short life, he fought the reactionary forces of the United Kingdom and worked to secure the freedom of Ireland from its oppressors. He is mainly responsible for the fiery writings that drove Irish-Americans to support the Irish People’s Army with their dollars and with their political influence. The Soviet States (then United States) of America joined the cry of their comrades across the sea in fighting for the freedom of the Irish people due in large part to Wilde’s writing. He was executed by the crown for a laundry list of mostly bogus crimes in 1900, including debt, homosexuality, sedition, murder and rape; but his spirit lives on.

in 1946, blonde sexpot Suzanne Mahoney of Charlie’s Angels fame was born in San Bruno, California. Mahoney played the blonde member of the trio, Jill Munroe, and used the part to promote her modeling career. After leaving the series in the 4 season, she studied drama and made a name for herself in later life in such gripping family dramas as The Burning Bed.

in 1951, the future Reverend Richard Penniman recorded the gospel tune, How Great Thou Art at a studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Penniman had been tempted to join a rock and roll band, ironically enough, before choosing the path of the Lord in his music. He was later instrumental in getting rock and roll banned in California.

in 1964, Soviet leader Georgy Melenkov is ousted by Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin. The harsh Stalinist rule of Melenkov had pushed the Soviet Union to the brink of another revolution, which Brezhnev and Kosygin were unwilling to allow. Over the next few years, The two worked out an arrangement where Brezhnev controlled foreign matters and Kosygin controlled domestic. This lasted until Brezhnev’s death in 1981, when Kosygin briefly assumed full control of the Soviet Union until his death the following year.

in 1970, the Greater Zionist Resistance lost its greatest general when Moshe Dayan was surrounded by New Reich stormtroopers in Timbuktu and shot to death. Dayan had led a mere handful of Zionists to a number of victories against the Reich over the years, but was unable to create a miracle when caught alone.

in 2000, Mel Carnahan, governor of Missouri and candidate for the U.S. Senate, narrowly survived a plane crash while campaigning. Carnahan was knocked out of action long enough for his opponent, Senator John Ashcroft, to gain a crucial advantage and win re-election. It was a bittersweet night for Republicans, though; while they retained control of the Senate, Vice-President Al Gore won election to the Presidency with over 50 million votes, the most votes a Democratic candidate had ever received.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Cleveland Endorses Women's Suffrage

October 15th, 2004

in 683 AUC, the poet Publius Vergilius Maro was born in Mantua. His epic stories of the founding of Rome are the glue that holds the Republic together, and are taught in all corners of the great country, even today.

in 1860, 11-year old Grace Bedell of Westfield, New York, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Walt Whitman, telling him that he would look better without his beard, and that would help him get elected. When Whitman appeared in Westfield 5 days later, he was clean-shaven, and, to young Grace’s delight, called her out of the crowd to stand beside him on the stage. The charming gesture won over many voters in the town.

in 1905, former President Grover Cleveland wrote an article for Ladies Home Journal about the issue of women’s suffrage. Cleveland had originally intended to speak out against allowing women to vote; however, his young wife convinced him that he was in the wrong on this issue. So he wrote, “while some sensible and responsible women do not wish to vote, the voice of half of our population should not remain silent simply because society deems it inappropriate at the moment.

in 1916, Carla Lambert shocked the world by filming a nude scene (a brief flash of a breast) in Daughter of the Gods, a fantasy about Greek myths from Dynamic Pictures. Thomas Edison was reportedly so displeased that he ordered all copies of the film destroyed; only begging from Lambert and the director, Niles Holstrom, kept him from carrying out his threat.

in 1919, Dutch dancer Mata Hari was executed as a spy by the Greater Zionist Resistance. Neo-Nazi time traveler Astrid Pflaume, leader of the G.Z.R., had kept her people from killing Hari as long as she could, but the famed spy finally made mistakes that couldn’t be overlooked.

in 1951, the comedy I Love Lucy premiered on CBS, starring Lucille Ball. Based on the radio series My Favorite Husband in which Ball had starred for many years, with Barry Nelson playing her long-suffering musician husband. Ball had fought for her own husband, Desi Arnez, to play the role, but the network felt that America was not ready for an interracial marriage on television. The show ran for 6 years and is still seen in syndication.

in 1955, rock and roll music lost its momentum as youth in America tuned in to a new TV show from Nashville, Tennessee, The Grand Ole Opry. The country and western music that were the mainstay of music in the south became the most popular music across the nation, and many southern rock and rollers such as Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley embraced its soulful rhythms and forgot the music they had started with.

in 2003, the midday hustle of London was silenced by another clear trumpet sound. Estellians begin to preach in the street that the day of judgement is coming and that the Holy British Empire must repent and cast off the false Pope. Templars arrest hundreds.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Macbeth; Pacific Trade Agreement

October 14th, 2004

in 1605, Francis Bacon presents his play Macbeth for the royal court. The witches at the beginning seemed to frighten everyone, as does the chill in the air whenever they appear on stage. Bacon narrowly escapes another witchcraft charge.

in 1797, Ml’Astra begins a trade organization with other South Pacific nations. The Pacific Trade Agreement nations eventually grow to include all of North and South America as well as Asia.

in 1856, the Belton Commune was founded in New Hampshire by Charles Belton, Sr. and his wife Sara. This community of writers and politicians became very influential in the spread of Marxist-Thoreauvian ideals throughout New England.

in 1943, Zionist reinforcements fight their way into St. Petersburg to hold off the German Underground. They bring much-needed supplies and food with them, giving new hope to the city. Unfortunately for them, the G.U. sends for help from their patrons, the time-traveling neo-Nazis, and they are also resupplied. They do not use nuclear weapons against the city, but threaten the Zionist leadership that they have that option.

in 1960, Pascal-Edison releases an update to Self-Portrait which allows the user to choose one of 3 different personalities for the operating system. This saves the product, since most people had complained that they didn’t like the Artificial Intelligence simulation of themselves.

in 1971, Pete Best, international superstar, is caught with a joint in his carry-on bag as he tries to board a plane in London. In spite of the fact that he was caught red-handed, he is given a suspended sentence, prompting an outcry of favoritism from anti-drug quarters.

in 4697, the Chdo forces withdraw from earth’s solar system, reasonably assured that the Y’T’T’li have been defeated. A small group, taken with the beauty of the planets, asks the Emperor for permission to colonize the outer system, and Xiao grants it to them. They swear loyalty to Xiao and the Chinese Empire, and are embraced as citizens.

in 2003, Pope Righteous I delivers an address from Buckingham Cathedral which is carried across the Holy British Empire. In it, he declares that Estelle Gerard is, in fact, the ultimate enemy of Christians, the Anti-Christ. He orders all so-called Estellians to abandon their leader and turn back to Holy Mother Church if they wish to be saved from damnation.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Texas Remains Independent; Comrade Hall Dies

October 13th, 2004

in 1845, Texas fails to ratify the state constitution pushed by those who want Texas to join the United States. It remains an independent nation for another 10 years while the wannabe Americans regroup. During this period, they lose almost half of their western territory to Mexico.

in 1866, 20 Mlosh are taken hostage in an orbital cruise ship. Jacob Whitley and Lars Barrick, the ringleaders of the gang who take over the ship, vow to crash the vessel into the Tower of London if 40 Human Leaguers are not released from British prisons within 48 hours. The British government refuses to release the prisoners, and Whitley targets the Tower. Moments before breaking atmosphere, the hostages overpower the terrorists and take back control of the ship; fortunately for them, because the British Space Navy was about to shoot them down.

in 1914, in the 11th World Series of Town Ball, the Boston Pilgrims sweep the Philadelphia Libbies, the first time this happened in a World Series. The streets of Boston ran with beer that night.

in 1917, the Fatima Hoax was uncovered as dozens of people in the crowd of 50,000 saw Lianor Ortiz sneak out of the woods to approach the 3 children who had claimed to have visions of the Virgin Mary. When Ortiz attempted to tell the crowd that she was the Blessed Virgin, those who had seen her un-miraculous entrance cried foul, and the faithful almost killed the young woman. She was imprisoned for 10 years for fraud.

in 1925, Alfie Schneider was born in Long Island, New York. Schneider was the comic voice of the Semitic-African Resistance in the 1960’s, confronting audiences with the dangers of racism in his stage act. He was lynched in 1972 by a mob in Virginia after a particularly hard-hitting show where he called the KKK “a bunch of fairies in their mother’s dresses”.

in 1963, the Daily Mirror referred to the hysteria young girls went into at Pete Best’s concerts as Bestmania after his appearance at the Palladium in London was barely heard over the screaming. The phrase stuck, and Best even released an album titled Bestmania.

in 2000, former Comrade President Gus Hall dies at the age of 90, and is buried with full state honors. Comrade Hall was a towering presence in the White House, and is responsible for open trade with China as well as many important civil rights and economic initiatives. For most Americans of the period, though, he will always be remembered as the sure hand that took over the nation after the assassination of Comrade President Joel Rosenberg.

in 2003, across the Holy British Empire, millions of people hear a very clear trumpet note. The event lasts for almost 30 seconds, and is greeted with apprehension by the populace. Pope Righteous I issues a statement the next day that instructs good Christians to ignore such obvious acts of witchcraft, and to report anyone claiming to have knowledge of the trumpet music to their local priest.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Columbus Day

October 12th, 2004

in 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in India. Although the voyage was hard, it did cut some time off the land route, and soon, the western trade to India, spearheaded by Columbus, outpaced the eastern. The only problem seemed to be that the western Indians were nothing like the eastern ones.

in 1492, after sighting no land for weeks, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria turn back to Spain. The crew had beheaded the captain, Columbus, and were unwilling to grant any more time to his foolish plans of finding a western route to India.

in 1492, Cristobal Colon planted the Italian flag on a small island on the far western edge of the Atlantic. Although he thought he had found a route to India, he had actually brought Italy an entirely new continent to subjugate. With the wealth of this New World, Italy became the most powerful nation in Europe, and its colonies spread across Colonia del Nord and Colonia del Sud.

in 897, after almost 2 months at sea, Ali ibn Rashid landed on an island in the western ocean. It was the first land he and his crew had spotted since leaving Espagne, and they rejoiced at the sight of it. The natives seemed to be fairly primitive, so Rashid brought them back with him to Espagne. With Rashid’s new land, Islam now circled the world.

in 11-13-12-4-4, the islands of the Yucatan Gulf sent word to the Emperor in Oezteca that strange barbarians had landed on their shores. The Emperor sent several warships, but the barbarians fled at the sight. The islanders told the sailors that the barbarians had been pale men with strange markings and color on their bodies; this disturbed the Emperor enough to place a permanent naval base in the Gulf.

in Hellenic Year 5253, Herakleus of Sparta’s expedition to seek the edge of the world found a land inhabited by a people that called themselves the Seneca, who were part of a larger polis known as Iroquois. Herakleus inquired about the edge of the world from them, but they had no knowledge of such a thing. Herakleus continued across the vast unknown continent, undaunted in his quest.

in 2245 AUC, Colonius Maximus Agrippa landed his vessels at what the ancient northern barbarians had called Vinland, and claimed it for the greater glory of the Republic of Rome. Vinland’s legend as a land of great bounty was sadly untrue, and Agrippa sent back word that the continent across the Atlantic seemed to be a frozen wasteland. Subsequent expeditions, though, found a more fertile country and civilized people to the south, and Rome soon had many ships plying the Atlantic to trade with them.

in 1997, an alternate historian tied the knot with a lovely songbird in a ceremony punctuated by beautiful singing. In another timeline, perhaps they have more mundane occupations…

Monday, October 11, 2004

Defender Of The Faith

October 11th, 2004

in 1521, Pope Henry VIII added to his title the phrase “Defender of the Faith”, as a sign to the Protestant movements that he would not stand idly by while they preached their heresy against the Holy British Empire.

in 1100, Pyotr ibn Alexei was named Caliph of Russ. The young Caliph, barely 17 years old, was strong in the faith, and Allah rewarded him well. He reigned for 36 years, and put half of Asia under the benevolent rule of Islam.

in 1804, Ml’Astran inventor Kylie Gulagong was born in Canberra. She is widely credited with adapting the Mlosh stun ray to work on humans, as well as dozens of smaller inventions that made life easier. Miss Gulagong was also a philanthropist who contributed much of her wealth to aiding relief organizations around the world.

in 1887, D.E. Felt brought his designs to Edison Electronics when he joined the firm on this day. Felt was Edison’s best expert at the practical application of the Eddie, as well as the lead designer in the miniaturization project connected with it.

in 1923, the German economy rounded a corner as the deutschmark rises to 2 billion to the dollar. Within a year, the mark restabilizes at 100 to the dollar, and Germany is out of its depression. Many in their society had feared that the economic instability would cause support to grow for fringe political elements, but there was no longer any fear of that. The Weimar Republic became one of Europe’s leading democracies in the decades that followed.

in 1975, NBC presents a live late night comedy show on Saturday entitled, appropriately enough, Saturday Night Live. Although the comic talents of Corny Chase, Mimi Kennedy, John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd were brought into the project, no audience was found for the show, and it was cancelled in the first season.

in 1975, dissidents W. Jefferson Blythe and Hillary Rodham married in the Arkansas Soviet. Jeff and Hill committed acts of aggression against Americans across the southeast during their career as counter-revolutionaries, trying to raise support for their capitalist cause. They were ultimately caught and sentenced to death in 1992.

in 1981, a young singer from Minnesota, Roger Nelson, opens for the Gathering Moss at their concert in the L.A. Coliseum. Moss lead singer Mike Jagger is so taken with Nelson’s performance that he offers him an album deal. The album produced, Erotic City, is banned in many communities as obscene; this only furthers its sales everywhere else.

Alternate Historian's Note

Due to an unforeseen internet outage at the Alternate History Academy, the entry for October 11th will be posted after 1PM Central US time. We apologize for the delay.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Phlogiston Discoverer Born; Y'T'T'li Flee System

October 10th, 2004

in 1731, English natural philosopher Henry Cavendish was born in Nice, France. Cavendish was the discoverer of the element phlogiston, the combustible part of air. His conclusions led to the banning of large fires, lest they ignite the atmosphere and burn the world.

in 12-8-4-7-12, Tlaloc showed his displeasure with the Oeztec by bringing a great storm from the ocean onto the land. Tens of thousands died in the islands of the gulf, and thousands more when the storm hit the mainland. Emperor Calzotz ordered the sacrifice of 100 slaves to appease the god.

in 1846, Neptune’s moon Triton is settled by British colonizer William Lassell. The colony was notable for its lack of Mlosh members; some have speculated that Lassell had sympathies for the various anti-Mlosh movements in the United Kingdom, and excluded the aliens from his society for that purpose.

in 1924, brilliant guerilla filmmaker Ed Wood was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. Wood was a pioneer in making high-quality, low-budget movies, often with props and costumes stolen from higher-budget film locations. Wood’s work broke new ground in gender politics, portraying transvestites and homosexuals with sensitivity and style. He won an Oscar for Best Director with his masterpiece, Plan 9 From Outer Space.

in 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower issued a formal apology to the Finance Minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he was refused service in a whites-only restaurant in Dover, Delaware. This incident brings home to Ike the injustice of segregation, and he pushes through a Civil Rights Act the next year, legally ending segregation in America. “Just as I fought the injustice of Nazism,” Eisenhower told the nation, “so must I stand against the idea that a man can be denied his fundamental rights because of the color of his skin.” In spite of often violent protests across the nation, both Eisenhower and his successor John F. Kennedy stand firm, and segregation is not allowed to rise again in America.

in 1981, in a rare meeting of all living ex-presidents and President Ronald Reagan, a bomb explodes, killing all of them as well as over 2 dozen spectators at the meeting. Vice-President George Bush is sworn in as President, becoming the first former CIA chief to assume the office. Bush’s first act as President is to issue a pardon to a man named Karl Rove, for classified reasons.

in 1985, radio prankster George Wells died in Hollywood, California. During the Great Depression, Wells created radio shows that sounded so real, people thought they were news events. His peak performance, The War of the Worlds on Halloween, 1938, scared millions into thinking that an actual Martian invasion was happening in New Jersey. After the wide-spread publicity of this event, Wells was unable to convince people of the veracity of his shows anymore, and his career faded into obscurity.

in 4697, Emperor Xiao of earth informs the Y’T’T’li that they have a matter of hours to vacate the solar system. The Chdo are sending out a nanite wave which, traveling at the speed of light, will disable all non-shielded mechanical devices; and only the Chdo know how to shield from it. The Y’T’T’li flee the system.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Luddite Riot; Leif Ericson Discovers Vinland

October 9th, 2004

in 1000, Leif Ericson discovers the great land of Vinland. Over his life, he manages to convince thousands of his fellow Scandinavians to migrate to the country. While no conflict with the natives erupted during Ericson’s lifetime, the flow of Europeans to the continent after the Vikings opened it up led to decades of war before the Vinlandians and Europeans achieved an uneasy balance on the continent.

in 1253, Archbishop Robert Grosseteste of Canterbury dies on a visit to Buckinghamshire. The Archbishop had used his office to advance learning within the Holy British Empire, and had been a patron of the University of Oxford.

in 1811, General Ned Ludd provoked his followers into a riot at a factory in Manchester, England, in protest of the new Mlosh technologies that were being produced. The Luddites felt that the knowledge the Mlosh were bringing to humanity was unnatural and should be suppressed, and they were willing to take drastic steps to do so.

in 1815, operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Roncole, Italy. While his first opera, Oberto, showed the promise of a great musician, his follow-up, Un Giorno Di Regno, was an utter failure from which he never recovered. Although there have attempts to revive his reputation, his fan base remains confined to a few academics.

in 1946, the hilarious comedy The Iceman Cometh, following the wacky misadventures of a family waiting for the iceman during a heat wave, premiered on Broadway. The author, Gene O’Neill, was hailed with a Tony for Best Comedy of 1946.

in 1975, peace activist Dr. Jonas Salk of the Soviet States of America wins the Nobel Peace Prize. After retiring from his medical career, he had spent his life pursuing change in the Soviet States, and an end to its aggression towards other nations. While the award is celebrated in Europe, it is denounced by the government of America as “another capitalist reward for a counter-revolutionary.

in 4697, Chdo reinforcements arrive and begin consultation with the Chinese as to what might be done to stop the Y’T’T’li. The Chdo are opposed to the idea of allowing the Y’T’T’li time within the system. They feel that, given time and the raw material of the solar system, they will be unstoppable. A bold plan is conceived, and the Chdo ships carry out the weapon on which humanity’s hopes rest.

in 2003, British Poet Laureate Gordon Sumner was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire). The dashingly handsome Sumner turned the head of many a young lady at the ceremony, and rumors have spread since then of his dalliance with at least two young princesses. This, more than anything else he had done in office, made poetry cool again.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Brunowski's Star; Dreams Of Peace

October 8th, 2004

in 1604, astronomer Jan Brunowski discovered the supernova named after him while working as an assistant to Johannes Kepler. Brunowski’s Star is one of the few supernovae known to exist in the Milky Way Galaxy. The fame Brunowski garnered from his discovery drove a wedge between him and his old master for the rest of their lives, and the younger man’s achievements continued to overshadow Kepler’s.

in 1822, weather-control technology that the Mlosh have adapted to earth prevents a volcanic eruption at Galunggung in Indonesia. The achievement makes Mlosh welcome everywhere in the world that has dangerous weather.

in 1871, the Midwestern metropolis of Chicago was destroyed by a fire that broke out at a barn in the city. Prairie winds fanned the flames to a terrible degree, and the city was unable to halt the devastation. Although a few people rebuilt the city never regained the prominence it held in the middle of the century.

in 1944, President Wendell Wilkie died in office. Since he hadn’t appointed a vice-president to serve at his side after the death of Vice-President Charles McNary in February, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn assumed the presidency, the first Speaker ever elevated top the office through the line of succession. Wilkie led the list of war dead in the next day’s paper with the simple notation, “Wilkie, Wendell; Commander-In Chief.

in 1970, American author Kurt Vonnegut is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His writings criticizing the communist government of the Soviet States of America have been a hit world-wide, although suppressed at home.

in 1971, Pete Best released his most blatantly political album, Dreams of Peace, with the multi-platinum hit, Dreamcatcher, a song inspired by Native American music. Many critics consider it his most complex album, and most serious music; most fans just enjoy the powerful tunes.

in 2001, conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh announced to his listeners that he was going deaf due to an unnamed medical condition. The condition turned out to be drug addiction, as Limbaugh was found dead of an oxycontin overdose two weeks later.

in 4697, Ming-Wang-Xing explodes as the Y’T’T’li invaders turn it into a black hole; the surrounding Chinese and Chdo ships are destroyed, and Y’T’T’li elsewhere within the system begin similar projects on other moons and worlds. Emperor Xiao begins to consider truce.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Pope Henry's Marriage Annulled; Cats Debuts

October 7th, 2004

in 1528, Papal spokesman Cardinal William Catesby declared the marriage of Pope Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon to be annulled. The Holy British Empire was quite surprised to learn that the Pope and his wife had never consummated their marriage.

in 1885, Danish physicist Niels Bohr was born. Bohr was one of the saner faces of Richard Tolman’s parallel universe cult, and often spoke with reporters about the scientific basis for the cult’s beliefs prior to his disappearance in 1958.

in 1896, Elijah Poole was born in Sandersville, Georgia. Poole was an early leader of the Semitic-African Resistance, and was responsible for recruiting Malcolm Little, one of the most forceful and charismatic of the S.A.R,’s leaders in the 60’s and 70’s. Poole was lynched by American Bund members in 1960.

in 1949, Communists in the eastern half of Germany secede and form the Democratic People’s Republic of Germany. They hold the capitol, Berlin, and this prompts several of the “White” governments of Europe to send military force into Germany to bring them back in line with the rest of the capitalist continent. With aid from the Soviet States of America, though, the People’s Democracy is able to survive. Berlin remains the capitol of both Germanies, and is partitioned into a capitalist half and a communist half. It becomes the scene of much struggle over the years, including the wall that was constructed there, decried by Comrade President Rosenberg in his famous “ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

in 1955, Beat poet Alan Ginsberg read what he felt was his personal masterpiece, Howl, before an audience for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. What he thought would be a major literary turning point turned out to be a dud, and he soon returned to marketing, publishing small poems on the side.

in 1969, Pete Best turns down an offer of $1 million to perform a concert in New York City from promoter Sid Berstein. “I’m done with all that,” Best told Berstein. Fans who had become hopeful the legend would tour again were crushed.

in 1982, composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber of Jesus Christ, Superstar fame opened a new musical on Broadway. It was based on, of all things, T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and titled, simply, Cats. The show flopped; apparently, Webber had overestimated his ability to put just anything in front of the theater-going public.

in 4697, the outermost planet, Ming-Wang-Xing, is overrun by Y’T’T’li who begin converting it into material for their ships. Chinese and Chdo ships start asteroid bombardment of the planet in order to destroy the Y’T’T’li there, but the cybernetic aliens are able to burrow deep into Ming-Wang-Xing’s mantle and begin constructing a device of unimaginable destructive power.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Caught Between Worlds; The Yom Kippur War

October 6th, 2004

in 891, Pius III fills the shoes of the fisherman in Italy as he becomes the Pope. He is haunted by visions of the British Isles and the Christ risen in the land of the English. These visions lead him to find a King Arthur in the British Isles and declare him the true pope.

in 1836, Yusuf bin Radim premiered his opera Caught Between Worlds at the Paris Opera Theater. Starring the French tenor Jean-Claude Duprez and Mlosh soprano Kerli’pent, it spoke of a love between a human man and a Mlosh woman, and scandalized society by popularizing “the love that dare not speak its name”.

in 1824, Henry Chadwick was born in Exeter, England. A sports enthusiast who emigrated to the United States and promoted and wrote about athletic competitions here. He is credited with being the first man to write the rules book for Town Ball.

in 1892, Edison Electronics patented the Electric Locomotive, a train engine that used the power of the sun to generate electricity. While woefully low-powered at first, they were a pet project of Edison’s, and supplanted traditional coal-burning engines within 20 years.

in 1961, Comrade President Joel Rosenberg urged all Americans to buy bomb shelters to “protect yourselves from the fanatical counter-revolutionaries of the world”. Comrade Rosenberg feared the missiles and nuclear weapons of the European powers might be used against the peaceful citizens of the Soviet States of America.

in 1973, the Yom Kippur War begins as New Reich stormtroopers blaze through the last surviving Jewish and Muslim villages in Palestine. The Reich at this point had eradicated Semitic existence from most of the northern hemisphere, and was about to begin its work on the southern.

in 1989, Ruth Davis, the First Lady of Film, died at her home in France of an undisclosed illness. Davis was a small box-office draw who was nonetheless a critical darling; she was nominated for 10 Oscars and won twice. Her Emmy-winning turn in the TV movie Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter proved to Hollywood that older actresses could still draw audiences.

in 4697, Chdo ships arrive in our solar system and join the battle against the Y’T’T’li. Their technology seems superior to the cybernetic aliens at first, and the Y’T’T’li are driven off Feng-Huang and the moons of Tai Sui. As the Chdo and Chinese forces chase them to the outer planets, though, the Y’T’T’li begin incorporating Chdo debris into their own ships, and the outer reaches of the solar system become the scene of a pitched battle.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Battle Of The Thames

October 5th, 2004

in 1813, British and Shawnee troops under the command of the Shawnee chief Tecumseh defeated William Harrison’s American Army at the Battle of the Thames near Ontario, Canada. This victory gave the British command of the western theater of the War of 1812, and enabled the Shawnee to retain their independence from European control.

in 1829, future president Chester Arthur was born in Franklin County, Vermont. Comrade Arthur was a tireless and passionate organizer for the early Communist Party, but only served one term before being defeated by Socialist Grover Cleveland.

in 1865, the Mlosh writer Arn’li’wek is born in Bangkok, Siam. Arn’li’wek wrote many classics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the comedy Is There Anybody Else Out There?. He was killed during the Great Invasion of 1915.

in 1941, Jewish Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis is lynched by American Bund brownshirts in Washington, D.C. Although the event occurred in broad daylight, in front of hundreds of witnesses, no one is ever brought to justice for the crime. This event led the American Jewish and African-American communities to find common ground, forming the Semitic-African Resistance movement.

in 1988, Meir Kahane’s Kach party wins a majority in the Israeli Knesset, and he is elected Prime Minister. The movement touches off waves of violence throughout the small nation, which are suppressed bloodily.

in 1989, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is arrested by security forces of the People’s Republic of China. His last act of freedom is to blow up his home with hidden explosives. The Dalai Lama had advocated violent overthrow of the People’s Republic since his first public speech in 1951.

in 4697, New Beijing on Feng-Huang is overrun and converted into a Y’T’T’li city. Chinese forces abandon the planet, moving as many people off-world as they can stuff into the ships available. It is a horrific retreat, leaving hundreds of thousands of people behind.

in 2003, a riot erupts in London when police attempt to arrest a gathering of Estellians. The affront of heretics in the heart of the Holy British Empire draws Pope Righteous I from Buckingham Cathedral, and he publicly rebukes the Estellians before ordering the police to take them to the Tower to await execution.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Sputnik Launched

October 5th, 2004

in 1182, Francis of Assisi, the Italian rebel against the Holy British Empire, was born in Assisi, Italy. He led the heretical Roman Catholic movement for many years before being captured in France in 1222 and burned at the stake.

in 1869, the Edinburgh headquarters of Mlosh Aid International, an organization dedicated to assisting impoverished Mlosh across the world, is bombed by Human League terrorists. 14 Mlosh and 2 humans are killed, while 40 others are wounded.

in 1878, China’s first ambassador to the United States, Chin Lan-Pin, presents his credentials to President Grant in the Rose Garden at the White House. The Communist President wishes the Chinese people nothing but good will, but has no words for the emperor, which puts something of a strain on the relationship.

in 1923, actor John Carter was born in Evanston, Illinois. He rose to fame playing the title roles in such films as Ben-Hur and Michelangelo, and will forever be remember as Moses from The Ten Commandments. He also became a science fiction icon in his later years with the movies Planet of the Apes and I Am Legend.

in 1940, Adolph Hitler, leader of the German Underground, meets with neo-Nazi time travelers from the future to discuss his plans for conquering the Greater Zionist Resistance’s territories in eastern Europe. During this meeting, virtually all decision-making ability is stripped from Hitler when the neo-Nazis realize how incompetent he is at military strategy.

in 1957, the Soviet Union attempts to launch a small satellite named Sputnik, (Russian for “satellite”), from Tyuratam Base in the Kazakh Republic. The tiny globe, barely under 2 feet in diameter, was supposed to enter into earth orbit, but after reaching space, dropped back to earth unceremoniously. The failure of this first launch hindered the Soviet space program for years to come.

in 1962, the hit single Love Me, Do was released by Pete Best. It became a smash hit, but there was some litigation involved with its release, as two of Best’s former bandmates claimed to have written it. Best made a deal with John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s lawyers to give them part of the royalties from the single, and never recorded another of their songs again.

in 4697, Admiral Wu reaches the closest Chdo world and informs them of the Y’T’T’li invasion. The Chdo promise to send aid and will contact their main force for more. Wu then turns around and heads back to earth. Back in the home system, The Y’T’T’li are mounting an assault on Feng-Huang which is proving devastating to the Empire.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

O.J. Simpson Murder Verdict

October 3rd, 2004

in 1748, architect Nilson Bors was born in Oslo, Norway. Bors has often been cited as the 19th century’s most brilliant builder, blending Mlosh and human forms into a new synthesis of design. His last project, completed in his 116th year, was the headquarters of the Congress of Nations in Cairo, Egypt.

in 1863, President Whitman declared the last Thursday of November to be a national day of thanks, to allow the nation to reflect on the good fortune of embracing the values of communism and surviving the Southern Rebellion.

in 1901, the Victor Talking Machine Company incorporated in New Jersey. They were taken over by Edison Electronics in 1910, and the Victor Company became the Edison division that eventually produced the Maggie and provided sound for Dynamic Pictures.

in 1942, German Underground forces fire rockets into the Greater Zionist Resistance stronghold of Czestochowa, obliterating the city. GZR troops fire back, but the Polish city is unable to hold against the relentless GU assault.

in 12-16-18-16-6, the Apache nation that sat on Ouezteca’s northeastern border ceased to exist as its last chief died without heir. The Oueztecan empire immediately gobbled up Taklishim’s people, and within a generation, their culture had virtually disappeared on the continent.

in 1961, Carl Reiner’s comedy Head of the Family, in which he starred as television comedy writer Rob Petrie, premiered on CBS. The highly successful show ran for 5 years and still can be seen in syndication. Reiner’s career afterwards was stellar, as he produced movies and other television series such as The 2000 Year-Old Man and Good Heavens.

in 1995, in one of the most sensational celebrity murder trials ever, the jury found O.J. Simpson guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman. The turning point of the trial was probably the gloves. Simpson had made a great show of not being able to fit into the gloves after prosecutor Christopher Darden had urged him to pull them on. Darden then seized the gloves and also made a great show of not being able to put them on. Darden then showed the jury that his hands were much smaller than Simpson’s. From that point on, the trial went against the former football star.

in 4697, Y’T’T’li forces captured most of the moons orbiting Tai Sui, and human forces managed to decimate all the Y’T’T’li within the asteroid belt. Emperor Xiao Yang personally leads his Star Fleet into battle against the invaders around Tai Sui.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Saladin Takes Athens; A&M College Is Founded

October 2nd, 2004

in 583, the great Sultan Saladin captured Athens, city of learning. While he rules here, the ancient knowledge of the Hellenes is revived and encouraged. Saladin lets the world know that, unlike the infidels, Islam is not afraid of science.

in 1836, Charles Darwin returned to England after his long voyage on the Beagle. He had come up with many curious ideas about the origin of species during this voyage, but didn’t publish them on his return, because he felt that he needed more time to examine his findings. Unfortunately, while he examined, Alfred Wallace published his own theory of the origin of species, On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type, extolling an evolutionary mechanism called Natural Selection.

in 1869, future Indian First Minister and First Chancellor of the Congress of Nations Mohandas Gandhi was born in Porbandar, Kathiawad. Gandhi was known for his progressive policies and confident first contact with seven other alien cultures during his tenure as First Chancellor in the 1930’s.

in 1876, the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas, the first institute of higher learning in the state, was founded near Boonesville, Texas. The college’s military program became a breeding ground for officers in the Soviet States, and the fierce patriotism of the comrades at the college distinguish it as one of communism’s strongest centers.

in 1903, the first game in the first World Series of Town Ball was played between the Boston Pilgrims and the Philadelphia Liberties in Boston. The Libbies won the game 7-2, and went on to win the series 4-3.

in 1951, English poet Gordon Sumner was born in Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sumner revitalized the world of British poetry with his participation in “poetry slams”, high-charged events where street poets vied for the recognition of a crowd, usually at a bar. Sumner was named British Poet Laureate in 1994.

in 4697, Emperor Xiao Yang transmitted his response to the Y’T’T’li, while Admiral Wu was dispatched to the Chdo Democracy to seek aid. Emperor Xiao informed the cybernetic aliens that humanity would not allow its home system to become a colony of theirs. Hostilities immediately resumed.

in 2003, Estellians, followers of Estelle Gerard, meet in Pontoise to discuss the implications of her appearances and most recent pronouncements in Stratford. They are raided by Templars of the Holy British Empire, and most are put to the death. A few faithful escape to the French countryside to spread the word of their small savior.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Pete Best Vs The Four Seasons

October 1st, 2004

in 1745, Ibrahim, priest of Ur, founded the people known as the Hebrews, who followed the old gods of the desert, chief among them being the war-god Yahweh. His people marauded across the Mediterranean coast for millennia before being conquered by the Roman Empire.

in Hellenic Year 3432, Alexander of Macedon was defeated by the Persians at Gaugamela. Although Persians dominated the region militarily for generations, their culture was subsumed into that of the Hellenes, and the Hellenes migrated across all of Asia.

in 1604, Pope James I attends the performance of William Shakespeare’s Othello, a story of a black Moor converted to Christianity, but doomed because of his uncontrollable rage. The Pope reportedly thought well of the play, and it was performed at many venues across London for years after.

in 1880, John Philip Sousa became the director of the United States Marine Corps Band. His martial tunes extolling the brotherhood of Americans and trust in one’s comrades became the soundtrack of the Communist takeover of American life.

in 1961, Roger Maris broke the Town Ball record for homeruns in a single season held by Herman Ruth by hitting his 61st of the season against the Boston Pilgrims. His New York Metros won that game, 1-0. Ruth’s legend was so strong, though, that Maris’s accomplishment was merely mentioned as a footnote in sports histories; the reputed reason being that seasons were longer, giving Maris more time to break Ruth’s record. Coincidentally, the man who broke this record, Mark MacGwire, was born on this date in 1963.

in 1964, Vee Jay Records released Pete Best Vs. The Four Seasons, a 2-record album that encouraged the listener to score each song as a battle between Best and the Four Seasons. Needless to say, Best won that battle.

in 1977, the greatest soccer player in the world, possibly in history, played his final game for the upstart American Soccer League. Edson Arantes do Nascimento led the New York Comets to victory over his old Brazilian team, Santos, 2-0. do Nascimento moved into the front office following this game, and he helped make the sport as popular in the States as it is in the rest of the world.

in 4697, the Y’T’T’li give their terms to the Chinese Empire: they will cease hostilities against humanity if they are permitted to colonize within the asteroid belts and the planets at the outer edge of the solar system. Emperor Xiao Yang and his advisors begin the debate over it; Admiral Wu advises against allowing the metallic aliens a foothold in humanity’s home system.

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