Friday, February 18, 2005

The Pilgrim's Progress

February 18th, 2005

in 1516, Sister Mary Tudor, first female Pope of the Holy British Empire, is born in Greenwich, England. Although her time in the shoes of the fisherman was short, she paved the way for her far more successful sister, Pope Elizabeth I.

in 1678, English satirist John Bunyan publishes his novel The Pilgrim’s Progress, a rollicking and often risqué tale of a young Christian facing sins aplenty for the first time. It was banned by many churches, but enjoyed brisk sales due to its titillating subject matter.

in 12-10-18-10-0, a laborer’s movement begins among the northeastern territories of the Oueztecan Empire. Although brutally suppressed at times, the Warriors of Toil grows across the entire empire until it is finally recognized in 12-13-2-10-10 as a sanctioned imperial organization, and allowed to help workers.

in 1904, the Congress of Nations tells Q’B’Ton’ra that his fleet will either leave the Oort cloud and return to the Mlosh homeworld, or it will be destroyed. The Q’Bar leader acquiesces, but warns the C.N., “You will not face as simple a battle should you choose to fight me in my home system; never return to my world.”

in 1913, French artists Marcel Duchamp unveiled the much-anticipated painting Nude Descending A Staircase at an exhibition in New York City. Moralist groups who had come prepared to protest took a look at the painting, utterly failed to see any nudity, and left, along with those expecting a somewhat more prurient display.

in 1953, Gestapo, or state police, of the New Reich arrest a small band of pacifists known as the White Rose. They were non-Jewish allies of the old Greater Zionist Resistance who had been agitating for a return to the democratic rule the G.Z.R. had imposed on most of Europe. The capture, and subsequent execution, of most of their leadership in Bonn gave pause to many other peace movements in Eurasia.

in 1967, peace activist and physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer dies at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. During World War II, Oppenheimer had been charged with creating a so-called atomic bomb by the U.S. government, but the project he headed in Los Alamos, New Mexico never produced a working weapon. Some felt that Oppenheimer sabotaged the project, but there was never any evidence of this; the war ended with victory for the U.S. and its allies, anyway, in 1946.

in 2003, troops of the Soviet States of America capture Couer d’Alene, Idaho, in spite of heavy resistance from People’s Republic die-hards. The last few rebels disappear into the mountains of Idaho, effectively ending the brief civil war in the Pacific Northwest. Although they have made a few attacks on civilians since the end of the war, the People’s Republic of America officially dissolved on this day.

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