TIAH HALLOWEEN CONTEST: WE ARE DONE! - the contest has now ended. If you wanted to submit, it's too late for Halloween, but we will be holding another contest soon - watch for the details. The winners will receive an email notifying them by October 28, and they must reply back by October 30. Thanks for your interest, and watch for future contests!
October 26th, 2005
in 1825, the Erie Tunnels began operation in the Great Lakes of North America. The high-speed train services provided an alternate to air travel and opened the way to the creation of underwater cities. Today, millions of people in the North American Confederation travel the tunnels every day.
in 1881, the reactionary Earp brothers, with their friend J.H. Holliday, ambush Sheriff Johnny Behan and his deputies, Ike & Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. The famous gunfight at the OK Corral was one of the last gasps of the old order in the west attempting to assert itself through violence; Comrade Behan and Deputy Frank McLaury survived, but the Earps, Holliday and the Clantons were all killed.
in 1890, rebel Mormon Charles Brigman gathers his remaining followers around him and promises them that, “Today, we shall cover ourselves in glory; this shall be the moment that our people will speak of forever as the day that we took back our land and our faith.” They then launched an assault on Salt Lake City, killing soldiers and citizens indiscriminately.
in 2670 AUC, the Slavic people of the Scythian Province mount a rebellion against the Roman Republic. For 7 years, the Slav chieftain Vladimirus held Rome off and kept the frozen north in his iron grip. When he died of a liver disease in 2678, his rebellion ended shortly afterward; by 2680, Scythia was a Roman province again.
in 1948, future president Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago, Illinois. The Yale graduate moved back to Illinois after law school, where she entered into legal practice before winning a seat in the U.S. House in 1978. Her 14 years of government experience stood her in good stead when running against President Barbara Pierce in 1992.
in 1965, international superstar Pete Best is awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. The Buckingham Palace ceremony was the most chaotic in memory, with tabloid photographers grappling for the best vantage points for pictures.
in 1975, the Broadway musical A Chorus Line, turned out not to be one singular sensation after its premiere; but, the soundtrack proved that there was life after musical death. It continued to sell for years after the musical folded in 1976, and even prompted a revival of the show in 1985.
in 1984, an ancient rite culminates in a baboon's heart being placed into the body of a small child in a hideous ceremony in cult's farm house in California. The child becomes more beast than human, and soon rampages through the farm house, taking a terrible toll on those who dared to tamper with nature.
in 2002, although the Air Force pilots feel that they have done quite well, Professor Thomas and Dr. Courtney are still very nervous. They order their small fleet to land on the Pleiadean world that they have been orbiting, and tell them to take some specific devices from the ships as they leave. The city they land in seems to be deserted, and the scientists' tension seems to grow.
in 2003, Pope Righteous I made his last public appearance, speaking from Buckingham Cathedral. His voice was weak, and he was obviously suffering from some illness himself, as were his priests. “Have faith in your Lord,” he told his waiting faithful, “and We will watch over and protect you. Ignore the cries of the Protestants, for they are damned. Only We can wash you clean.” As he spoke those words, a rain of frogs began pelting the streets of London.
Even though the Halloween Contest is over, we still have our standard offer - everybody who donates $10 or more through our Paypal link will become alternate history entries on the site. When you donate, I will email you asking your preference for a day & timeline; if you don't reply to me, I'll place you in a day that seems to fit your name :) Thanks for your continued support!
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Fresh New Poll - Shall we use future dates in our entries?
Warp and Protocols still available; also, see the script I submitted for Bravo's Situation: Comedy. Speaking of which, the winning writers have been announced; not the ones I voted for, but you can see the one I did at http://www.marktreitel.com
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!