March 30th, 2005
in 1814, allied European forces march into Rome, ending the reign of Napoleon Buonaparte, the Italian emperor who had conquered most of the continent. Although he managed to escape his exile the next year, he was never able to assume power in Rome as he did before.
in 1867, Conspirators of the Speaker’s Line working both sides of the deal transferred Alaska from Russia to the United States. They had discovered a rare element in the frozen territory that they planned to use to power a new vessel they were creating, which would make powered flight a reality.
in 1870, rebels in Texas fight off efforts to rejoin the United States. Even with all of their Confederate allies back in the Union, the newly reformed Texas Republic remained independent and refused the amnesty offered by President Grant if they would just surrender and merge back with America. Texas eventually ran out of the ability to resist, and was conquered and absorbed back into the U.S. in 1886.
in 1952, the Baron von Todt and his lover are aboard a vessel in the middle of the Mediterranean when pirates attack the ship and seize it. Mikhail von Heflin was never one to shy away from a fight, and, with Velma Porter’s help, he kills all of the pirates in a long, bloody night.
in 1972, South Chilean forces launched a major offensive against the American-sponsored northern army at La Serena. The reactionaries had been dealing the Soviet States of America many blows, but had never won an outright engagement. La Serena, in spite of some initial success, was no exception, as American and North Chilean comrades halted their advance.
in 1981, a mere two months after taking office, President Edward Kennedy was shot by an assailant in Washington, D.C. The assassin, John Hinckley, Jr., was attempting to impress the actress Jodie Foster with the feat. The Kennedy Curse, which had claimed the lives of all 4 of Joseph Kennedy’s sons, was invoked again as another member of the storied clan died a violent death.
in 1992, South African dictator Terreblanche places a puppet government in Botswana and begins transfering that country’s wealth to his own. Although as ideologically rigid as his American ally President Ralph Shephard, Terreblanche is far more concerned with enriching himself than with driving out leftist influence on the African continent.
in 2004, fascinated by the Titanian parasites they have dubbed the Projection Virii, Jacob and Livinia Sheridan assemble a super-cooled chamber to carry a load of P.V. and methane crabs back to earth. They wisely elect to keep this chamber outside of their ship – just in case.
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