March 24th, 2005
in 1603, the female pope, Elizabeth I, of the Holy British Empire dies in London. In spite of initial trepidation at her rule, she turned out to be one of the greatest Popes the Empire had ever known, expanding Christendom across the oceans and onto all other known continents.
in 1882, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the North American Confederation dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His Song of M’ch’Ch’mai, about the first Mlosh explorers of the continent, is still hailed today as one of the greatest of the 19th century’s writings.
in 1944, Orde Wingate, a British convert and general in the Greater Zionist Resistance, is shot down by German Reich Luftwaffe over Burma. Wingate had been a natural at guerilla tactics, and joined the G.Z.R. after his own government proved unwilling to fight the rising fascist movement.
in 1952, after several days of rest, Mikhail von Heflin and his American lover, Velma Porter, decide that Europe wasn’t all they had hoped it would be, and start heading south. Miss Porter wants to see Africa, and the Baron just wants to leave his homeland behind as quickly as he can.
in 1964, the Rosenberg half-dollar is issued. Commemorating Comrade President Joel Rosenberg, slain in Dallas two years before, the coin proves wildly popular and the comrade’s face becomes the permanent symbol on the half-dollar the next year.
in 1993, American troops occupy San Salvador, El Salvador. After this small nation falls to the Constitutionalist President Ralph Sheridan, most of Central America surrenders, and South America’s nations brace for war. Brazil immediately seeks assistance from Portugal and asks the rest of Europe to help stem the onslaught of the Constitutionalists.
in 1998, a malfunctioning fire alarm saved a school in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Assistan Principal Terry Trotter found a young boy, Andrew Golden, yanking on the alarm in order to drive all the students out of the school. After questioning the boy about this, Trotter called the police, who found an accomplice of Golden’s, Mitchell Johnson, in the woods outside the school, with a rifle and extra ammunition. When the police came, he surrendered without a struggle.
in 2004, Prime Minister Howard of Australia decorates the Sheridans at a ceremony in Sydney, and again gives them the thanks of a grateful nation and world. “This is getting to be a bit of a habit,” Jacob Sheridan says as he accepts his medal. Livinia Sheridan is already preparing for their trip to Titan to see if they can pick up any more of the strange creatures they were fighting.
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