April 12th, 2005
in 1633, Father Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola, Chief Inquisitor and a Conspirator of the Speaker’s Line, convicts Galileo Galilei of heresy. He had wanted to hear Galileo’s theories in person, and suppress them in the general population, and used his position in the Inquisition to do this. Galileo’s theories moved the Speaker’s Children forward in science, but the rest of the world was left behind.
in 1817, astronomical explorer Charles Messier, dies aboard his ship Henri II when they miscalculate the path of a comet and smash into it. Messier had created a system of cataloguing astronomical objects that even surpassed the Mlosh one of the time.
in 1858, Alfred Cummings arrives in Utah to take control of the territory as its first non-Mormon governor. The Mormons had been flouting U.S. law and threatening secession since arriving, and they felt that the appointment of a “gentile” as their governor was the last straw. They erupted in violence, declaring their independence from America.
in 1945, President Roosevelt suffers a massive stroke, disabling him for several months. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice President Harry Truman cover up the illness in order to keep the nation’s morale high; once the war is won, though, they announce Roosevelt’s resignation and Truman becomes president.
in 1952, Velma Porter and Mikhail von Heflin dig up more than they wanted to in Kenya when they unearth an ancient ancestor of the Baron’s and with it, the burial chamber she had been trapped in. Freed, the extra-dimensional being fled the earth and leapt into the stars.
in 1961, Communism proved its scientific superiority when Comrade Alan Shephard became the first man in space. Comrade President Rosenberg had accelerated the space program to beat the European monarchies in the space race and prove that true innovation could not be found within their reactionary borders.
in 1963, international sensation Pete Best releases his huge hit Between Us, which jumps to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. He starts planning his first world tour.
in 1997, British leader Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister, dies of a heart attack. Leading the fight against the American Constitutionalists and South Africa’s National Front had strained her health, and she had neglected her health while directing the war against the Fulcrum powers.
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