Saturday, May 14, 2005

Henri IV Assassinated; George Lucas Born

May 14th, 2005

in 1610, France’s King Henri IV was killed by the monk Francois Ravillac. This prompted England’s King James to press the English claim to the French throne, plunging the two nations into ten years of war against each other before England emerged victorious.

in 4593, composer Kao Kokung used the unveiling of a statue to Emperor Min-Yuan to premiere what would become his most famous work, The Stars Bow Down. This piece has become ubiquitous at military and patriotic occasions.

in 1910, fighting is suspended between the Q’Bar and the Jovians as the Q’Barian revolution incites a huge internal struggle within their civilization. The Jovians use the opportunity to solidify their holdings in the Mlosh home system and transfer more artifacts of the Mlosh past to earth’s solar system.

in 1940, the government of the Netherlands surrendered to the German Underground, in spite of huge popular support for the Greater Zionist Resistance in the country. The Netherlands was a thorn in Germany’s side for decades afterwards, and gave support to resistance fighters from across Europe.

in 1944, racecar driver George Lucas was born in Modesto, California. Lucas started out as a drag racer in Modesto, but soon graduated to the NASCAR circuit, and won the Indy 500 in 1977. Lucas credited tenacity for his success, sticking with racing in spite of an accident during his high school days.

in 1948, David Ben-Gurion announced the creation of the state of Israel in Tel Aviv. As he was speaking, though, Egyptian soldiers were pounding at the new nation’s borders as the rest of the world failed to recognize the new state. Despite brilliant maneuvering by their military leaders, the overwhelming numbers of Arabic fighters overwhelmed and destroyed the Jewish nation in a matter of months.

in 1955, in response to the European monarchies organizing the military alliance known as the EurAsian Treaty Organization, the communist nations of the western hemisphere create the Caracas Pact. This defensive organization, dominated by the Soviet States of America, created an alliance of comrades ready to come to each other’s aid in the event of an attack by insidious capitalist reactionaries.

in 1968,NBC’s Tonight Show scored a huge ratings coup by getting international superstar Pete Best as a guest. Over the ten-minute talk, host Joe Garagiola had to ask the crowd for silence 15 times as Best’s teenage fans kept shouting out their appreciation of the star.

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