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February 8th, 2006
in 9816 BCE, Egyptian taskmasters, looking for a way to keep their slaves both happy and nourished, concoct a beverage that is essentially liquid fermented bread, from grains, yeast and water. Slaves cannot stomach the bitter, foul drink, and the recipe is lost to time.
in 1692, Abigail Williams and Betty Paris uncover a coven of witches within the community of Salem, Massachusetts. For their great service to the crown, they are made Royal Witch-Hunters for the colony on reaching their majority. Through their diligence, hundreds of witches are driven from Massachusetts.
in 1725, Pyotr the Great, last Tsar of Russia, died in captivity in Istanbul. He had been captured during a war with the Ottoman Empire in 1710, and held in disgrace ever since. His death finally quieted loyalists who had been attempting to overthrow the Ottomans and restore him to his throne.
in 1777, Major Timothy Bigelow of the American rebels is recaptured, just 6 months after being released from a prisoner-of-war camp. The Massachusetts blacksmith is put to the death by the British as an example to other colonials. Many men from Bigelow's regiment joined the growing exodus to Canada, to join the nascent independence movement there.
in 1802, the banjo clock is patented by Simon Willard of Massachusetts. This phenomenally successful product led to other musical instruments being made into clocks; antique guitar clocks from this era often sell for thousands of dollars at auctions.
in 12-13-12-5-8, Emperor Calzotz allows the conquered northern nations to use their land in their traditional ways, instead of assigning nobles to rule over them. This act of mercy pays off for Ouezteca in reduced rebellions, and is continued by his successors.
in 1918, Velma Porter and Mikhail von Heflin find her gem in the cabin assigned to Milo Cranston, and she sees the small figure of Cranston trapped in the gem. “That's what you get,” she says to him before releasing him. Freed, Cranston cowers before the couple, and begs them not to harm him. Thinking him a simple thief, they leave him in his cabin with admonishments not to steal anything from them again. Instead, Cranston plans to do just that.
in 1969, Wilhelm Schoemann returns from his trip to see himself in the alternate, Nazi-dominated timeline he has created. He has also been to see himself in his own past; he radios Faisal Yassin, waiting with Israeli agents, that “the door is closed.”
in 1994, Comrade Malcolm Turner became guest conductor for the Boston People's Symphony. Although some complained of the bold new direction he took the venerable organization, his inclusion of some European melodies in their repertoire made the symphony much more accessible to the youth of the S.S.A. Using the cover of his official position, Comrade Turner also released music in the European monarchies as Random, a dissident persona whose music was in the decadent European punk-rock style.
in 2005, Dave Lange, depressed by the situation he finds himself in, attempts suicide, only to be stopped by Save Earth member Helen Ross. “You can't let them win,” she tells him, bandaging up the arm he cut. “We need all the humans we can get.” Meanwhile, Jeanna Best was struggling with deprogramming, coming near to death, herself.
Timelines in today's post: Canadian Independence, the Oueztecan timeline, von Heflin, the GZR, Communist America and The Claw.
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