May 31st, 2005
in 1224, Pope John succeeded his brother Richard as ruler of the Holy British Empire. A noble and enlightened ruler, John was beloved by the people, but despised by his cardinals and bishops. His 17-year reign was torn by many rebellions, all put down with the help of popular support. Under John's reign, slavery was abolished from Holy British shores; unfortunately, on his death, it swiftly returned.
in 1759, the Baptist Church triumphantly banned the performance of theater and all its immoralities from the Pennsylvania colony. The increasing power of the Church alarmed King George, and he moved to suppress it in the colonies in 1761. This led to the Baptist War, in which the colonies broke free from Great Britain and were established as one nation, under God and the Church.
in 4561, the Battle for Hanoi began, as troops loyal to Emperor Min-Yuan laid seige to the city. The 38-day battle was among the bloodiest in Imperial history, with over half a million casualties.
in 1871, the American Town Ball League, comprised of the Philadelphia Athletics, New York Metropolitans, Delaware Shipmen and Baltimore Colts, played its first exhibition game. Philly's A's beat the Metros by 5 runs to 2.
in 1884, Edgar A. Poe of Baltimore began a cult of personality around his experiences. He claimed to have been born in a world where he was a struggling author of strange and weird fiction. The cult, the Church of the Universal Masque, was involved in several murders and ritual sacrifices before finally disbanding in 1891 with Poe's death.
in 1898, expatriate reactionary Norman Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio. Although raised in a good Socialist home, Peale was put off by America’s White Scare of the early 20th century, when anti-capitalism became official American policy after European suppression of their Communist brethren. Peale emigrated to England, where he became a minister and railed against America from the pulpits of Europe.
in 1961, Berryland, an amusement park founded by musical legend Chuck Berry, opens in St. Louis, Missouri, and thousands of fans flocked to it from across the country. It soon grew to rival Disneyworld, becoming Missouri’s number 1 tourist destination.
in 2004, three men came to Marjorie Adams’ home, claiming to be with the FBI. They knew of a break-in at the Smartnet node at UCLA, and wanted to examined some of Mrs. Adams’ late husband’s records. She carefully steered them away from the room where Cindy Berenson was feverishly working to decipher the file they had stolen from the node during the break-in.
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