Thursday, February 03, 2005

Ascent Of Kilimanjaro; Vietnam Embargo Ended

February 3rd, 2005

in 47,371 BCE, Swikolay begins her ascent of Kilimanjaro. Because she feels it will be her last chance to touch the sky and fulfill the Speaker’s dream, she doesn’t allow anyone to climb with her; she tells her companions, “If I succeed, I will find a way to let you know. If you see no sign, I have failed. Either way, I will not come back.”

in 1399, John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, died without heirs. Although a mistress, Catherine Swynford, claimed that one of her children was the duke’s, it was never believed, and the Plantagenet line was carried on through the elevation of Richard II’s niece Phillipa to the throne after his death in 1401.

in 1904, the Congress of Nations embassy ship makes its hasty departure from the Mlosh homeworld, accelerating as rapidly as it can towards home. While still in the system, they encounter the fleet of Q’B’Ton’ra, the ruler of the people who have supplanted the Mlosh on their world, and are captured.

in 1950, blonde bombshell Patsy Ann McClenny was born in Dallas, Texas. After starting her television career in soap operas, she moved to the prime-time soap opera, Dallas, with the role of Jenny Wade. Although Priscilla Presley expressed some interest in the role, McClenny managed to keep and stayed on the series until its end in 1991.

in 1950, British scientist Klaus Fuchs, long suspected of having communist sympathies, is arrested in Great Britain for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet States of America. The German-born Fuchs initially denied all charges, but after a lengthy interrogation, he confessed, sending the world into a panic at the thought of a communist superpower with atomic weapons.

in 1959, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly announced a collaborative album in the middle of their Winter Tour, in Moorehead, Minnesota. Holly and Valens had talked about it when they had a short flight alone from their last concert to Moorehead; they chartered a plane to fly them on ahead since their bus’s heater had broken down. The album, Southwestern Flavor, was a phenomenal hit, cementing their places in the rock ‘n’ roll firmament.

in 1969, Faisal Yassin and Wilhelm Schoemann meet secretly to discuss what they feel has become a threat to their world, the New Reich they have helped create. Yassin thinks that Israeli agents would be willing to arrest all the neo-Nazis in the compound, and offers to get word to them; Schoemann begins to sabotage the project that has been his greatest achievement.

in 1994, President Clinton ended the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam. Many had seen the embargo as a punitive measure put in place by a nation stung by its loss in the tiny country, but no one had the resolve to end it until Clinton, a conservative Republican Vietnam vet, said, “It is time to heal some old wounds.” He was assisted in the effort by fellow vet, Democrat John McCain of Arizona.

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1 comment:

Katheryn_Swynford said...


John of Gaunt did NOT die without heirs!

By first wife Blanche of Lancaster, he left:

(1) Philippa, m. Joao of Portugal
(2) Elizabeth with a complicated matrimonial history
(3) Henry IV m. (1) Mary Bohun & (2) Joan of Navarre;

By second wife Constance/Constanza of Castille, he left:

(1) a son (d. young)

(2) Catalina/Catherine of Castille m. Spanish royal family.

By third wife Katheryn Roet Swynford, he left:

(1) John Beaufort (left descendants to the house of Tudor)

(2) Henry Beaufort (Cardinal; bishop of Winchester)

(3) Thomas Beaufort (m. but d. w/o heirs)

(4) Joan Beaufort (m. twice and left lots of heirs).


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