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January 12th, 2006
in 1000 Post-Creation, Yahweh halts the fighting in Heaven and holds the new angel-human baby, Achazia. A light falls from Him onto the young girl, and she laughs when it touches her. Yahweh's heart is moved by the child, and He orders Lucifer and Gabriel to send their respective forces away; the angelic host retreats inside the gates of Heaven, and Gabriel's horde flies back to Eden. “This child shall hold the key to the future,” Yahweh tells the two angelic leaders. “I give her My blessings.”
in 902, Rhonwen, mistress of the sea, and Atticus, wizard of lightning, send a challenge to the Christian zealot Lebuin, telling him to meet the wizards of Wales at Rhonwen's fortess in a week's time. Two other wizards, as well as Merlin, are already on their way to Rhonwen's coastal home, with supplies that will make the already-formidable keep the strongest place in all of Britain.
in 1863, the Hindu mystic Swami Vivekananda was born in India. He was responsible for a great reawakening of the Hindi faith, in spite of centuries of British attempts to tamp it down. In his short life, he saw the religion of his forebears gain strength again in the nation where it was born, in spite of the British government's best efforts. His work inspired later Hindu revolutionaries such as the nation's hardiest warrior of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi.
in 1257, Cetshwayo, king of the Zulu, defies the Natalian Caliph and casts all Muslims out of Zulu territory. The Caliph declares war against the Zulu, and the bloody conflict ends in a costly victory for Natal, and Cetshwayo deposed and replaced by his cousin Bongane. Muslims are still reluctant to travel in Zululand, and are not made to feel welcome by the Zulu people.
in 1889, Mikhail von Heflin reaches Texas, but is still hundreds of miles away from the relatives he is looking for. He heads westward to the state’s Hill Country. Meanwhile, in the home of Karen and Jedediah Thompson, young Willard Thompson is born. His paternal grandchildren will be responsible for the culmination of destiny of the Baron’s descendants.
in 1904, the Plutonian outpost of the Congress of Nations receives a hail from the ships approaching from the Mlosh homeworld. The hail is in the Mlosh language, and requests orbiting privileges for Pluto. The outpost grants this, cautiously, and sends word back to earth. Several warships are already on their way, and a C.N. ambassador sails with them; they are prepared for both a joyful meeting and a hostile encounter.
in 1928, the winter stillness of the small Hungarian village of Nagyrev is broken by the cries of a man going through his death throes. Zsuzsanna Fazekas' husband Vasily is merely the first of many mysterious deaths in the small community, as dark forces seem to play at the village's borders, coming in to slay the men of the village in hideous pain.
in 1962, the Pentagon convinces Comrade President Rosenberg that the best way to rid Chile of the guerrillo reactionaries is to expose the jungle pathways they have been using to move personnel with a defoliant known as Comrade Orange. The use of this chemical boomerangs against American servicemen there, as it causes many illnesses in American soldiers stationed in Chile over the next decade.
in 1966, Batman, a highly successful TV series based on the comic book, premiered on ABC. Starring Bill Anderson in the title role and Herb Gervis, Jr. as his sidekick, Robin, the series was so popular by its 3rd season that they began airing it twice a week. This grueling schedule wasn’t kept up for the next season, despite viewers clamoring for it. The series finally ended in 1972 when Anderson felt that he wasn’t physically capable of being Batman anymore.
in 1969, Yassin and Schoemann think that their prototype time machine is ready for an animal test. The cat that they have been training will push the activation button on command, so they send it back. It is the first large-scale object they have tried to push back through time, and Schoemann is concerned even though they know they have already succeeded. As he places the cat in the machine, her collar comes loose and he pulls it off absent-mindedly and puts it in his pocket. It is only after the cat is gone that he realizes that the cat they saw 5 days before was wearing its collar.
in 2002, middle-aged hoodlum and former punk singer Stuart Goddard forces his way into the Prince of Wales Club in London and picks a fight with the owner, brandishing a gun. He is arrested quickly and put in jail for almost 3 years. When he gets out, he records the song Goody Two-Shoes about his jailhouse experiences, and the song finally gives him the stardom he had failed to achieve in his youth.
in 2005, Austin, Texas resident Jeanna Best and her friend Dave Lange notice something odd about a televised interview with their U.S. Representative, Carl Worthington. Whenever he speaks with commentator Jack Kilbride, he makes a subtle clawing gesture with his thumb, index and middle finger. He only makes the gesture when speaking towards Kilbride, and not the other pundits on the show. Curious, they begin tracking other appearances of Worthington to see if he makes this gesture in other situations.
Timelines in today's post: the Mlosh, Islam Ascendant, von Heflin, the GZR, and Communist America.
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