Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Eternal City

April 21st, 2005

in 0 AUC, the Eternal City was founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus. Rome became an empire, and then a republic, that has given the world an order and culture that has unified all of humanity as a single people.

in 1509, Pope Henry VII died. He had ended the long War of the Roses by deposing Pope Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. In order to secure his papacy, he murdered virtually all of his predecessor’s family; in a masterpiece of propaganda, he painted Pope Richard as a usurping murderer who ill-served the Holy British Empire.

in 1836, the Texan militia under Sam Houston attacked Santa Anna at San Jacinto, hoping to score a victory with a surprise attack. Instead, the Mexican forces routed the rebel Texans, capturing Sam Houston and ending the hope of Texas for independence.

in 1956, a young trucker from Mississippi scored a #1 hit on the Billboard charts with Heartbreak Hotel. Jesse Presley went on to become the most famous singer in the world, with billions of albums sold over his 20-year career. He remained humble about it all, giving his thanks to “God, momma, and my dead brother Elvis.”

in 1963, the Gathering Moss met superstar Pete Best when they opened for him at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Best, who had played in some of the seedier dives in Germany with his old band, The Silver Beetles, took the Londoners out on a pub crawl afterwards that became the stuff of music legend.

in 1989, a huge group of students gathered in Tianenmen Square in Beijing to commemorate the life of Hu Yaobang, a reformer within the Chinese Communist Party. They asked for a meeting with Premier Li Peng, and to everyone’s surprise, it was granted. Premier Li had decided to carry on with Hu’s reforms, much to the consternation of the rest of the party.

in 1996, Bartholomew Thompson and his ancestor Mikhail von Heflin part ways after rescuing Thompson’s future wife from kidnappers. The Baron sees part of their future together, but says nothing to Thompson; he has no wish to depress the young man in his moment of triumph.

in 1997, Egyptian Marines capture the Pentagon and a large number of American officers along with it. Most of the Joint Chiefs are holed up in Norad with President Shephard, but with the collapse of the Pentagon, huge numbers of the American military surrender. Allied forces are freed up to concentrate on cracking Norad’s defenses.

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