May 30th, 2005
in 1806, lawyer Charles Dickinson shoots and kills former Tennessee Senator Andrew Jackson in a duel in Logan County, Kentucky. Dickinson had called Jackson’s wife a bigamist, and the notoriously hot-tempered Jackson had demanded satisfaction on the field of honor.
in 1843, Karl Marx moved to America and began spreading his philosophy. He became such an influence that by 1855, the Republican Party had renamed itself the Communist Party, and won its first presidential election the next year.
in 1900, nothing happened. Fnord.
in 1910, the Q’Bar began loading onto transport ships for their journey to the Kantar star system. Resistance was heavy, and only the threat of continued Jovian assault kept a full civil war from breaking out again. As it was, hundreds of thousands of Q’Bar died in the forced migration.
in 1922, Astrid Pflaume took a young Lance Corporal of the Austro-Hungarian empire hostage, for reasons known only to her and the people she eventually negotiated his release with. The hostage, Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler, achieved quite a bit of fame on returning back to Austria, and went into politics.
in 1930, a year before his death, Thomas Edison finally saw his dream fulfilled; the Desktop Eddie, (popularly known as the Dede), a difference engine that was the size of a desk and only weighed 400 pounds. The Dede became the first difference engine small and cheap enough for sale to the general public, and so the Dede opened the door to an information revolution in the 30's.
in 1990, President Dukakis of the US informed dictator Saddam Hussein of Iraq that the US would no longer be supplying him with weapons if he maintained his aggressive posture towards nations other than Iran. Republicans charged Dukakis with faithlessness towards America's allies.
in 2004, Marjorie Adams and her hacker friends assembled to view the CD Cindy Berenson had made of a suspicious file they had found in the Smartnet node at UCLA. The Emergency Instructions it referred to were in some kind of code; Berenson set to cracking it.
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