Saturday, January 08, 2005

A King Is Born

January 8th, 2005

in 47,385 BCE, a local Australian tribe finds Telka the Speaker and the members of her family that have crossed over from Asia. The Speaker teaches them her tongue as she recovers from the long journey, and joins the tribe by becoming the mate of the tribe’s chief.

in 1634, Galilieo Galilei is executed by the Inquisition for heresy, months after being found guilty. The Church had originally granted the blasphemer leniency, but after he continued to publish his “scientific” papers, they took action to silence his heliocentric fallacies forever.

in 12-13-2-1-5, the great Sioux military leader, Tashunca-uitco, fought his final battle against the superior forces of the Oueztecan Empire. Knowing they were hopelessly outnumbered, Tashunca-uitco and his warriors bravely held off the Oueztec long enough to give their Cheyenne allies, led by Tatanka Iyotake, time to escape.

in 1891, Walter Bothe, a German physicist and Nobel Prize winner who was briefly involved with Richard Tolman’s parallel universe cult, was born in Oranienburg, Germany. Bothe left Tolman’s company after only a few months because “the implications of what they were doing, quite frankly, scared me. I didn’t want to live in a universe as chaotic as the one they were showing me.”

in 1935, the blond King of Rock and Roll, Jesse Garon Presley, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. Jesse, as he was known to fans around the world, shocked and rocked the 50’s with his blend of black and white southern music, and became the most famous singer in the world – no one else even comes close to his fame and ability to sell records. After his death in the 1970’s, there have even been fans who have started a church in his name, sometimes referred to as the Jesse-its.

in 1973, the Caracoan Peace Talks resume between the Soviet States, North Chile and South Chile. Comrade President Salvador Allende of North Chile led the negotiations to find a reasonable settlement of the conflict with the reactionaries. Manuel Cartojas and his mentor, Augusto Pinochet, represented the South Chilean reactionaries.

in 4672, Imperial Counselor Zhou Enlai, one of the most instrumental figures in the Chinese Empire’s movement towards democracy, died at his home in Beijing. To demonstrate his solidarity with the common people of China, he had moved from the Forbidden City after the first Council elections into the bustling heart of Beijing, where he had a large base of support. The entire empire, from one end of the solar system to the other, mourned his passing.

in 1992, during a tour of Japan, President George Bush became ill at a dinner banquet. Although he dismissed it as a sour stomach, in his hotel room later that evening, he suffered a fatal stroke. His death brought an end to the Republican Party’s dream of another 4 years in the White House, as newly-elevated President Dan Quayle was crushed in the November election, 74 to 21 percent, by Democrat Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

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Anonymous said...

I would just like to clarify: you are _not_ Robert Taylor, Texas-accented professor of Political Science at UC Davis...

Andrew Cory

Robbie Taylor said...

That is correct. Because of the success of the actor Robert Taylor in the 40's and 50's, there are a VERY large number of Taylor men of my generation with the name Robert.

In my home town here, there are 3 others that I know of; there is a Philadelphia Eagles Football player named Robert Taylor (he goes by Bobbie); and the head of the Texas Sciece Fiction Writers of America was, for a time, a man from Austin that I met once named Robert Taylor.

Maybe it's me meeting myself across different timelines...

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