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May 15th, 2006
in 1614, monarchy in France ended as King Louis XIII was overthrown by a large band of his noblemen. Because of internal tensions among them, none were able to claim the crown for themselves, so they turned France into an oligarchy ruled by the Council of 10 from Paris. This system inspired other nobles across the continent to demand more power for themselves, and the monarchies became mere shadows of their former glory.
in 1756, the 7 Year War began between England and France. Begun by minor French expansion in the Ohio River Valley, it gave the French an excuse to conduct wider war against English possessions in North America. By the end of the war, they had driven the Brits out of Canada and reduced the middle colonies to Virginia and Carolina.
in 4547, Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua is named governor of Siam by Emperor Min-Yuan. It is a decision he will regret, as Governor Phra will lead the Siamese in the rebellion against him in 4561. Governor Phra quickly surrendered, but the rebellion became something that Min-Yuan regretted for the rest of his life.
in 1856, Scientific Romanticist Lyman F. Baum was born in Chittenango, New York. He thrilled audiences in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with his tales of emerald cities, islands in the sky and men made of tin; his books captivated America and owned the top spots on the bestseller lists upon publication.
in 1910, Q’Barian representatives come back to the Barnard’s Star talks. They are unwilling to leave the Mlosh homeworld, but are more than ready to give in to every other Jovian demand. The new leadership of the Q’Bar is attempting to consolidate its power, and doesn’t want to be fighting the Jovians as well as Q’B’Ton’ra’s supporters.
in 1942, Hollywood B-lister Ronald Reagan applies to be transferred to an active unit of the Army Air Corps, rather than the cavalry division he had originally been assigned to. He becomes one of many stars who ends up fighting overseas, and becomes a tail-gunner on a B-29 over Europe. The horrors of war make him a lifelong pacifist, and he enters politics in an effort to keep America from ever going to war again.
in 1948, soldiers of the German Reich began a multi-pronged attack on Syria, Egypt and Lebanon after accusations that they had been acting as a staging ground for attacks from the Greater Zionist Resistance. The G.Z.R. put all of the resources it could into defending these Arabic nations, but they were unable to withstand the German onslaught.
in 1957, Elvis Presley choked to death while traveling in Los Angeles, California. The autopsy showed that a cap on one of his teeth had come loose and blocked his airway; his teeny-bopper fans mourned him as if a god, and not a man, had died. The legend surrounding the rocker became larger than his limited repertoire could ever have built if he had lived.
in 1972, a loyal but overzealous comrade shot reactionary firebrand George Wallace as he campaigned in the Alabama Soviet for the governorship. Although Wallace stood no chance of winning, Comrade Arthur Bremer didn’t want to risk it, and shot Wallace through the neck and head, killing him. A sympathetic jury found Comrade Bremer incompetent to stand trial, and the People's Judge sentenced him to a mere 5 years in a psychiatric ward.
in 2005, Debra Morris, Chelsea Perkins and Patience Redding steal the ingredients they need in order to perform the spell that will take them back in time. It's risky roaming about London, because even though witches are nominally in charge, they are not liked by the general populace. As the clock strikes midnight, they begin their spell, and feel time warping around them.
Timelines in today's post: the Chinese Empire, the Mlosh, the GZR, the Chelsea Perkins timeline and Communist America.
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