July 27th, 2005
in 1794, French leader Maximilien Robespierre crushes an attempt by the National Assembly to overthrow him. He executed virtually all representatives in the Assembly, and called for new elections, with only his loyal Jacobins in the running.
in 1797, the Marquis of Lafayette arrived in North America to negotiate for France’s possessions on the continent. Most of the European colonists, the Mlosh population, the African slaves, and the Native American population have been banding together and speaking with their home governments about secession and formation of a new country; the Marquis has been charged with halting that.
in 1925, Enrico Caruso releases an album of arias on the Maggie format. When he dies days after the recording session, the album cannot be kept on store shelves, and this has the side effect of driving sales of Maggie-players through the roof. It seems as if every home in America has one by Christmas.
in 1974, acid rocker John Denver hit the top of the charts with Annie’s Song, a ballad about his wife’s drug addiction. Denver also had a hit with downers like I’m Sorry, and often opened for acts like Kiss and Alice Cooper. After a decade of inactivity in the 80’s, he experienced a brief revival in popularity when Marilyn Manson covered Annie’s Song.
in 1982, after decades of observation and debate about the people of the Beautiful Parent star system, the inhabitants of Lalande 25372 decide to broadcast a message. The Beautiful Parents have had no contact with the galactic civilization of the Elders, so the Lalandians feel that they must be warned. The encrypted message, sent in the 7 most common languages from the system, gives a history of the Lalandians and a warning about the Elders.
in 2749 AUC, a bomb explodes at the Olympic Games held in Athens. The first Olympics held in Greece since the ancient days, it also attracted political dissidents; Romans protesting the move back to Greece, and Greeks protesting their continued inclusion in the Roman Republic. Terrorism was bound to follow.
in 1996, the Courtney expedition arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. They are driving the trucks of the soldiers that had stolen the Chimanimani object from them, and are met by a similar group. Surprised at seeing civilians in these vehicles, the leader demands to know where his men are. “Back there,” Dr. Courtney says, pointing down the road, “and up there,” he says, pointing to the sky.
in 2000, leaving his bride resting in their Las Vegas hotel room, newlywed Mikhail von Heflin goes down to the hotel’s casino and plays a few games. The same men who had been watching him since the plane flight here are scattered throughout the casino, and he corners one. The bald man stammers an apology about simply finding the Baron attractive and begs his forgiveness. The Baron releases him, but returns quickly to his room.
in 2002, a disease struck across the Holy British Empire which raised boils on everyone; well, almost everyone. The heretics and Protestants who had refused the mark of righteousness were unaffected.
in 2003, the BBC reported that their scientific exploration of Loch Ness in Scotland had found a colony of huge monsters living in the lake. Tourism in Scotland increased by a factor of 1000.
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