Saturday, March 04, 2006

Blasphemy; No Love For Ice Cream

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March 4th, 2006

in 1123 Post-Creation, one of the para-angels openly refers to Lucifer as her god. Although she is immediately hushed and told not to speak such nonsense, many of those around her harbor similar sentiments, and they begin a small, secret church dedicated to the bright one.

in 1611, Conquerors of the Speaker’s Line place George Abbot into England’s Primacy as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Abbott stealthily lays the groundwork for another member of the Line to overthrow the entire monarchy in the decades to come.

in 1829, an unruly, drunken crowd of President Jackson’s supporters overrun the White House during Jackson’s inaugural party. During the riot, the mansion catches fire, and President Jackson resolutely takes command of the crowd and gets them out before the building is destroyed. His term is served out in the Vice President’s house as workmen rebuild the White House.

in 1805, the Italian city-states and regions are united under a single ruler for the first time since Rome fell when Giuseppe Corlesconi negotiates the loyalty of all of the disparate noblemen to himself in the Treaty of Sardinia. He places his capitol in Rome, and the newly united country is named the New Republic of Rome. The N.R.R. is one of the first European nations to join the Congress of Nations in the 1860’s.

in 1945, folk singer Jimmie Louise Tims was born in Huntsville, Texas. She started singing around the campus of Sam Houston State University in her home town, and was heard by Arlo Guthrie when he traveled through Texas in 1961. He took her on tour with him, and her covers of classic backwoods tunes made a splash in the folk scene.

in 1954, Comrade John Foster Dulles warned that “international capitalism” was making inroads into the Western Hemisphere, and that there was “not a single country in this hemisphere that has not been penetrated by the apparatus of international capitalism acting under orders from the European monarchies.” This further heightened the paranoid atmosphere of anti-capitalist 50’s.

in 1992, culinary inventor Christian K. Nelson died at his home in Moorhead, Iowa. Although his candy treats were favored in his native Denmark, he tried something different in America, and that proved to be his undoing; he resurrected the old recipe for ice cream, dipping it in chocolate in the hope of making it more palatable to the American taste buds. Unfortunately, it flopped, and nearly drove his chocolate and sweets company out of business.

in 2004, the crew of the Huygens, the exploratory vessel sent to Titan using Martian spaceflight technology, begin to report back that a strange smell is leaking into the ship’s air supply. A few hours later, communications with the ship are lost.

in 2005, When Dave and Jeanne Lange, followed by their fellow Save Earthers, reach the city they have been heading towards, they are alarmed to find that not only is it not Tucson, but it is crawling with Claws. Although they don't know how well they can blend in, they try to infiltrate the city in order to get food and water.

in 2008, Velma Porter and Mikhail von Heflin transfer from a train to the airport in London and settle in for the long flight to Bermuda. The couple are ready to leave cold weather behind them and bask on the beach – without having to figure out how to travel through time. Porter asks von Heflin, presciently, “There's nothing weird on the plane, is there?” He assures her that he senses nothing.

Timelines in today's post: the Fall, the Speaker, the Mlosh, von Heflin, Communist America, The Sheridans and The Claw.

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