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February 12th, 2006
in 4082 BCE, a descendant of Telka the Speaker named Icarus, a Hellene, constructs the first working flying machine that has been successful for the Speaker’s Line. He demonstrates it for his clan, and during the leap from a cliff, he manages to soar over a hundred feet in the area. A support breaks while he is flying, though, and he falls to his death. The Speaker’s Line learns from his example, and moves on.
in 1809, a boy named Abraham Lincoln was born in a small cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He grew up to become President of the United States, lead the country through a civil war, and survive not one but two assassination attempts in his three terms in office. Although the rights of the freed slaves in the former Confederacy suffered in the lax occupation he forced on them, he did ensure their freedom, and helped millions of them emigrate to the northern states.
in 1904, Q’B’Ton’ra’s fleet enter’s the Oort cloud at the edge of earth’s solar system, where they are engaged by the Congress of Nations’ defensive force. Admiral Hamid gives Q’B’Ton’ra a choice – “Leave our solar system alive, or leave your spirit here.” Q’B’Ton’ra’s response is to order his vessels to fire on Hamid’s ship, and the battle begins.
in 4608, Hsuan T’ung, cousin to Emperor Chengzu and prince of the Manchurian Province, abdicates his throne and enters the monastery. His spiritual leadership sparks a revival of the flagging monastic life, and rebirth of religious life in the Chinese Empire.
in 1918, after arguing over whether to let Milo Cranston go, Velma Porter and Mikhail von Heflin search the Caesar Augustus for him. Both can sense his presence now that they know to look for it, but he manages to evade them. In his hiding spot, Cranston and the being in the gem he holds make an unholy pact.
in 1973, Lieutenant Ralph Shephard is blinded by an accidental spraying of Agent Orange on his position in Vietnam. He is unable to see for several days, and sent back to the United States to recuperate. While he is still recovering, the United States begins its pullout from the country; it is the first military loss for the U.S. and it incenses Shephard so much that he begins a political party called the Constitutionalist Party to challenge the status quo.
in 1999, on a nearly straight party-line vote, President Hillary Clinton is acquitted in her impeachment trial. The nation’s first woman president was a target for the Republican Party from the day she was elected in 1996, and they thought that charges of illegality in an old land deal, long since proven false, could provide cover for them to remove her from office. The nation thought otherwise; she won reelection in 2000 by a landslide.
in 2003, Comrade Malcolm Turner of the Boston People's Symphony announced his retirement from public life in order to care for his wife, Susanne, who had been stricken with breast cancer. Although his presence at the BPS was missed, (as well as the music he produced under the pseudonym Random), music lovers across the Soviet States of America expressed their sympathies for the venerable musician.
in 2005, Chelsea Perkins finds that the transformation spell that has her currently looking like a 40-year old man doesn't have a reversal – she will have to cast the spell again in order to regain her real form. Her “teacher”, Alma May Watson, somewhat bemused at the situation, gets to give her a much-deserved 'I told you so.'
in 2005, Jeanne Best and Dave Lange undergo plastic surgery in order to change their appearance; the Save Earth movement knows a doctor who is sympathetic to the cause. After surgery, they recuperate at a safe house in Arizona, and begin getting drilled on the details of their new identities. Best, in particular, feels overwhelmed by the massive change in her life, but the two are unwilling to again be part of the masses who have no idea about the Claws.
Timelines in today's post: the Speaker, the Mlosh, the Chinese Empire, von Heflin, the Ralph Shephard timeline, Communist America, The Claw, and the Chelsea Perkins timeline
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