Monday, May 09, 2005

To Hell And Back

May 9th, 2005

in 1265, the first man to return from Hell was born in Florence, Italy. As a young man, Dante Alighieri was taken by angels through the heavenly and diabolic realms in order that man might know what awaited in the hereafter. Dante became Pope once his journey was communicated to the outside world, and his leadership of the Catholic Church took it around the world.

in 1671, the Irish adventurer known as Captain Blood steals the crown jewels from the Tower of London in a daring raid. Dressed as a priest, he talked his way in and then absconded in his ship back to Ireland. The jewels were never recovered, in spite of centuries of treasure hunters scouring the Irish countryside.

in 1860, reporter James Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. Along with Charles Dickens, Barrie was responsible for bringing to the public conscious the plight of children in the 19th century. His expose of sweatshops in Scotland is still textbook reading today.

in 1910, Jovian invaders seize as many records on the Mlosh homeworld as they can before Q’Bar reinforcements drive them off. They send these records back to the Mlosh in the earth’s solar system to allow all Mlosh a chance to see what their past was truly like.

in 1965, Pete Best attended a Bob Zimmerman concert in New York City. Zimmerman and Best, as different as two pop stars could possibly be, nonetheless strike up a friendship based on their mutual love of sailing.

in 1995, Zairean authorities are unable to contain an outbreak of the ebola virus, and the deadly disease reaches dozens of other cities across the world before it can be controlled. Over 18,000 people died from the horrific virus eating them up.

in 1997, former POW Comrade Doug Peterson is named the Ambassador to Chile, the first American ambassador to the country since Chile fell to the capitalists in 1975. The normalization of relations between Chile and the Soviet States of America was finally coming about.

in 2002, in a historic vote in Bahrain, the first representatives elected by women were voted into power in the nation’s parliament. The revolutionaries placed into office tried to westernize the tiny middle eastern nation too rapidly, and backlash from Islamic fundamentalists threw the country into civil war.

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