May 2nd, 2005
in 1519, one of the greatest geniuses of the Speaker’s Line, Leonardo da Vinci, died in France. Most of his designs were spirited away by others of Telka’s descendants before they could be found by those not ready for them, but some that were left behind were still too advanced for his time.
in 1910, the Battle of Europa began between 32 Q’Bar warships and 47 Jovian defense vessels. The battle generated so much debris over Europa that the western ice sheet melted, inundating 2 colonies.
in 1933, a beast was sighted in Loch Ness, Scotland, which resembled the long-extinct plesiosaur. When news of the sighting hit the newspapers, big-game hunters around the world converged on Loch Ness to take down Nessie, as the beast became known. The hunts uncovered a small family of plesiosaurs living in the lake, having survived since the time of the dinosaurs.
in 1947, the risqué farce Mooning the Misbegotten, the latest for laugh-riot Eugene O’Neill, opens on Broadway. The uproarious comedy nearly brought the censor’s office down on it before O’Neill agreed to cut down on a little of the title action.
in 1972, the People’s Champion, J. Edgar Hoover, who had led the People’s Bureau of Investigation since its inception in 1924, died in Washington, D.C. His nearly 50 years of service to the Soviet States of America was rewarded with a state funeral and thousands of mourners; Hoover had been at the forefront of anti-capitalist law enforcement, and was much beloved by his comrades across the nation.
in 1975, Pete Best closes down his record label, Pear Records. Although it had made some money at the beginning, it had become a money funnel in the 70’s, losing cash hand over fist.
in 1985, the once-mighty brokerage firm E.F. Hutton was brought low after pleading guilty to swindling several banks out of interest on nearly $4 billion. The company that everyone listened to fell silent as the upper management bailed out and stockholders sold out for the little their stock could bring.
in 1997, American troops surrender to the allied forces of the British, Egyptian and Chinese, ending the war in the western theater. With the Consitutionalists of President Ralph Shephard vanquished, the Allies turn their attention to Africa and the menace of President Terreblanche’s South Africa.
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