August 18th, 2005
in 3923, the Mongol wise man, Temujin, dies in camp with his tribe around him. The son of a chief, Temujin was forced out of his tribe at his father’s death, and his wanderings in exile led him to the seat of learning in Beijing. He brought the teachings of the Chinese to the Mongols, and led them to join the empire.
in 1590, the governor of Roanoke colony in the Americas, John White, returns from a trip to England to find his home completely bereft of human life. His 100 fellow colonists seemed to have just vanished into thin air; the only clue they left behind was a carving in a tree that read fnord.
in 1750, Antonio Salieri was born in Italy. The famed composer of Tatare, Salieri also taught legendary composers Beethoven, Liszt and Schubert. Beethoven, in particular, called him the greatest musical talent of his era, and much of Beethoven’s music shows Salieri’s influence.
in the Dreaming, the people dare to move a star from Heaven and drain it of its power for their desires. A native race of Heaven dies when they do it, but they are far from remorseful; indeed, they are proud of what they have done, and the enemies of Wandjina rejoice with them. The great spirits of Heaven gather to decide what can be done about the people.
in 1892, transport ships began evacuating Great Britain, the North American Confederation, Japan and Ml’Astra as the Bandai Group’s mantle repair appears to be unsuccessful. French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie beg the Congress of Nations for more time to rebuild; the Executive Committee votes, narrowly, to give it to them.
in 1914, Socialist President Woodrow Wilson declares that the United States will remain neutral in the European war. The Communists in Congress hold him to his pledge, in spite of much pressure from Great Britain and France to join the war on their side.
in 1937, Charles Redford, Jr. was born in Santa Monica, California. The good-looking actor originally played pretty-boy fluff roles in such films as The Sting and Barefoot in the Park, but used the money he gained in these roles to finance later projects such as the Sundance Film Festival, which he started to bring attention to independent film.
in 1949, Menachem Begin and his personal bodyguard are captured as they are attempting to plant bombs at the New Reich Embassy in Salonika, Greece. They are taken to Berlin, where Hitler shoots Begin himself. “This is what we shall do with all of your kind,” he shouts at Begin’s men, before they are executed themselves. With Begin’s death, the Greater Zionist Resistance is practically destroyed; only a few holdouts remain to fight against the Reich in Eurasia.
in 1952, dancer Patrick Swayze was born. Hailed as the greatest talent in ballet since Nureyev, Swayze’s movie-star good looks and subtle moves made him the most famous dancer in the world by his 30’s. He even had a few small movie roles, usually as a dancer of some kind.
in 1959, Li Huang-Sen, working at the farm of Po Zhizuan, begins charming Po’s daughter, Huan Yue. The young girl is completely taken with Li, who has had centuries to master the art of seduction. This time, though, Li is himself smitten, and falls in love with Huan Yue. The two carry on their love in spite of Po’s disapproval; Li is fairly certain he can win over the farmer.
in 1996, Dr. Melvin Courtney wakes up in his own bed, feeling very sore and disoriented. He bathes, then eats some breakfast, then turns on his television. After watching for a few minutes, a news program announces that evidence has been uncovered that proves the Chimanimani object was a hoax. Dr. Courtney watches in stunned disbelief as the program makes him out to be a fraud.
in 2004, in one of the many continuing emergency meetings of the U.N. these days, the ambassador from Egypt announces that he is being withdrawn back to his country, and that Egypt will no longer participate in U.N. deliberations until some sense of order can be restored to the country. It is one of many nations thrown into disarray since the translations of the Lalandian signals have become public knowledge. Even some of the western democracies are having problems, and many of them are considering declaring martial law.
As your humble alternate historian enters the downhill slope of the 40's, he still has his birthday wish - a contract with a publishing company like Workman Publishing to produce a page-a-day calendar of TIAH. If you are an editor for such a company, or can place us in touch with one, please fulfill this belated birthday wish!
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