July 19th, 2005
in 1680, the inhabitants of Lalande 25372 successfully test their first space craft. With designs heavily influenced by the Hunters and the Ropes, the Lalandians are soon traveling about their solar system. Dampening their celebrations in this period, the transmissions from the Hunters begin to speak in a panicked tone of the Elders threatening them.
in 1799, the Rosetta stone, a small slab with Egyptian hieroglyphics and ancient Greek writing, is found in Egypt. It leads to speculation that the 2 cultures had some kind of interaction; unfortunately, since both written languages were long since lost, it only deepened the mystery of the ancient Mediterranean powers.
in 1891, the vulcanologists at the school in Bandai, Japan request a meeting with the Executive Committee of the Congress of Nations. They have completed their study, amid secrecy that approaches that of government intelligence-gathering organizations.
in 4648, Imperial officials are called into Beijing to be given instruction in democracy. The Chdo send advisors to assist. Dao-Ming begins working with his ministers to restructure the way his government functions, and to assemble the necessary means to allow Chinese citizens to vote.
in 1954, Sun Records released the 1st single by a new artist, Elvis Presley. The A side recording, That’s All Right, Mama, flops; the B side, however, a cover of the bluegrass classic Blue Moon Of Kentucky, dominates the radio and record sales. Presley goes on to become the #1 bluegrass artist in the country.
in 1969, at the Hollywood studio, the special effects department puts the “Apollo 11” into orbit around the moon. Several anomalies are seen by sharp-eyed skeptics, but the compliant mainstream media drowns them out.
in 1979, the fascist Anastasio Somoza seizes power from the elected Marxist government in Nicaragua. The Soviet States of America spend the next 8 years undermining Somoza’s rule, until he finally agrees to elections in 1988, when he is ousted by Marxist Manuel Ortega.
in 1985, Christa McAuliffe is chosen to be America’s first teacher in space. Her flight was delayed by mechanical problems in the Challenger shuttle she was assigned to fly in. Once the problems were fixed, she had been waiting over a year to fly, but the publicity was still overwhelming; she spent the next few years covering shuttle flights for CNN.
in 1996, a hatch is found in the circular object that Dr. Courtney’s team in Chimanimani has been examining. With some trepidation, they open it and send in young Sara Olsen, who asks them, “Think I’ll find any bodies?” As she begins her crawl through the object, she, thankfully, does not.
in 2000, apparently, the tracking devices that the Huff institute has designed work; a team of their people find Mikhail von Heflin and Velma Porter on the New York beach where they have been resting since burying the creature from beyond the world in the ocean. After a brief confrontation, both sides agree to go back to the institute.
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