May 11th, 2005
in 1812, the assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval plunges Great Britain into civil unrest. The situation ends with Prince Regent George forcing the abdication of his father and assuming control of the nation as King George IV. He forces Parliament to relinquish most of its power and rules the country as an absolute monarch.
in 1888, vaudevillean Israel Baline was born in Tyumen, Russia. After his family emigrated to America in 1892, he and his father began a comedy and song routine on New York’s vaudeville circuit, where he earned great acclaim backing up his old man. In his later years, he composed a few show tunes, but never achieved the same level of fame as he had with his father.
in 1910, Q’Bar defensive forces, in a particularly bloody conflict, manage to push the Jovians out of the Mlosh home system, but lose over half of their fleet in the battle. The Jovians, seeing how badly the Q’Bar are doing, urge their adversary at the Barnard’s Star talks to capitulate before they are destroyed.
in 1947, the B.F. Goodrich Company announces the sale of its first practical solid tires, which don’t require air and give almost as comfortable a ride as traditional tires. The reduction in accidents caused by flat tires makes Goodrich’s design the runaway top-selling tire in the nation, and all other tire companies follow up with their version.
in 1960, German Reich soldiers capture Semitic-African Resistance leader Albert Einstein while he is attempting to raise support for the cause in Argentina. They carry him back to Berlin for a sham trial before execution.
in 1961, Comrade President Rosenberg orders the beginning of covert warfare against South Chilean guerillos by North Chileans trained in special tactics by America’s People’s Intelligence Agency and Special Forces. He also authorizes the infiltration of guerillo camps in Argentina.
in 1968, famously tone-deaf actor Richard Harris releases his version of Macarthur Park. When it tanks, he wisely gives up any sort of musical performance from that point on.
in 1972, Pete Best tells the audience of the Dick Cavett Show that his phone is being tapped by the FBI because of his anti-war sentiments. Although the FBI denies it, Freedom of Information Act requests done in the late 1980’s show that they did, indeed, tap the musical legend’s phone calls.
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