Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day; George Lucas' Birthday

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May 14th, 2006

in 614 AUC, the Roman Senate declared that henceforth this day shall be known as Cybele's Day, a day to honor all mothers and their contributions to life and society. So, honor your mother today.

in 1610, France’s King Henri IV was killed by the monk Francois Ravillac. This prompted England’s King James to press the English claim to the French throne, plunging the two nations into ten years of war against each other before England emerged victorious, and began slowly spreading its empire onto the continent.

in 4593, composer Kao Kokung used the unveiling of a statue to Emperor Min-Yuan to premiere what would become his most famous work, The Stars Bow Down. This piece has become ubiquitous at military and patriotic occasions and reflects the power of both the empire and the emperor.

in 1910, fighting is suspended between the Q’Bar and the Jovians as the Q’Barian revolution incites a huge internal struggle within their civilization. The Jovians use the opportunity to solidify their holdings in the Mlosh home system and transfer more artifacts of the Mlosh past to earth’s solar system. Archaeologists are still studying these items today, and wish they hadn't been so damaged by the war.

in 1940, the government of the Netherlands surrendered to the German Underground, in spite of huge popular support for the Greater Zionist Resistance in the country. The Netherlands was a thorn in Germany’s side for decades afterwards, and gave support to resistance fighters from across Europe. When the Reich finally “cleansed” the Netherlands in 1974 of its last GZR sympathizers, the tiny nation had been turned into a virtual summer home for Germans – its population was 60% German immigrants.

in 1944, racecar driver George Lucas was born in Modesto, California. Lucas started out as a drag racer in Modesto, but soon graduated to the NASCAR circuit, and won the Indy 500 in 1977. Lucas credited tenacity for his success, sticking with racing in spite of an accident during his high school days.

in 1948, David Ben-Gurion announced the creation of the state of Israel in Tel Aviv. As he was speaking, though, Egyptian soldiers were pounding at the new nation’s borders as the rest of the world failed to recognize the new state. Despite brilliant maneuvering by their military leaders, the overwhelming numbers of Arabic fighters conquered and destroyed the Jewish nation in a matter of months.

in 1955, in response to the European monarchies organizing the military alliance known as the EurAsian Treaty Organization, the communist nations of the western hemisphere create the Caracas Pact. This defensive organization, dominated by the Soviet States of America, created an alliance of comrades ready to come to each other’s aid in the event of an attack by insidious capitalist reactionaries.

in 1968,NBC’s Tonight Show scored a huge ratings coup by getting international superstar Pete Best as a guest. Over the ten-minute talk, guest host Joe Garagiola had to ask the crowd for silence 15 times as Best’s teenage fans kept shouting out their appreciation of the star.

in 2005, Debra Morris, Chelsea Perkins and Patience Redding desperately try to convince the Council of Wisdom to send them back in time to correct the mistake made by Miss Morris, but the Council has too many members who enjoy their new power; in spite of the siege by the nations around them, they plan to go down fighting. Once Chelsea realizes they will not be swayed, she and Patience sneak into the Council's library and steal a book of spells on time.

Timelines in today's post: the Roman timeline, the Chinese Empire, the Mlosh, the GZR, the Chelsea Perkins timeline , Pete Best and Communist America.

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Max said...

George Lucas was in Hook with Charlie Korsmo; Charlie Korsmo was in Dick Tracy with Colm Meany; Colm Meany played Miles O'Brien on TNG and DS9.

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