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.

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