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December 13th, 2005
in 1787, Canadian nationalists beginning spreading the Set of Principles across their land. Soon, everyone in the would-be nation is familiar with the laws that the rebels are calling for, and their cause, stalled for many years, enters its final phase. The British, fearful of the democratic impulses stirred by the Principles, suppress publication of the document.
in 1861, Human League founder Brent Carpenter is spotted leaving Chelsea Downs, after returning to his home.
in 4631, cultural icon Chen Li is born in Saigon. Ethnically Chinese, Chen wrote about growing up in Vietnam, a country still shaken by the civil war the century before. Chen’s writings gave the Chinese Empire a 46th century perspective on what they had wrongly perceived to be a 45th century problem, which many Vietnamese were grateful for.
in 1937, Japanese General Matsui Iwane orders that Nanking, the Chinese capital that has fallen to his forces, be utterly destroyed in order to break the spirit of the Chinese. His superiors consider this dishonorable, and countermand him. General Matsui soon resigns from his post because of the impression among the Japanese commanders that he is far too brutal to be allowed to command.
in 1944, the Nazis dealt their most devastating blow to Allied fortunes when their Operation Grief successfully assassinated General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces. His successor, Field Marshall Montgomery of Great Britain, wasn’t as successful as he had been; although he took fewer casualties than Ike, Monty had a harder time driving the Germans across Europe.
in 1950, Comrade Samuel Gompers, a great leader of the Communist Movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries, died in Washington D.C. during a speech being given in his honor at party headquarters. He was 70. Comrade President Joel Rosenberg erected a monument in his honor in 1958.
in 1968, Faisal Yassin and Wilhelm Schoemann manage to send an apple backwards in time two days. The successful experiment proved that they had been the ones who sent the apple back to themselves, and that they were on the right track. Schoemann had altered the wording of the note, though, which gave him some concern.
in 2000, 20 years after the successful colonization of the moon, a rocket ship from earth lands on Mars to begin exploration there. The American space program was moving from triumph to triumph after 40 years of uninterrupted success. The Soviet Union’s space program, beset by cost overruns and failed missions, was still struggling with launching moon missions.
in 2003, the French countryside is disturbed for miles around by the sound of moaning and wailing from the hole where the village of Jesu was. Occasional gouts of flame erupt from the site, as well. The French begin moving away from the area in droves.
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