Sunday, August 27, 2006

Minh's Peace Conference Gambit

The state of TIAH

August 27th, 2006

Alternate Historian's Note: One of our entries today is from Guest Historian Steve Payne. Thanks for lightening the workload here at the Academy, Steve! If you would like to be a guest historian too, just read the state of TIAH link above and then email me.

in 1919, Ho Chi Minh gains an appointment with US President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference. Presenting arguments based on the consequences of excluding African Americans from the US Constitution, Wilson accepts that the principle of self-determination applies to the population of the French Colony of Indochina. Despite determined pleas from British Prime Minister Lloyd George and French President Georges Clemenceau, Wilson insists that the Treaty of Versailles extends to indigenes outside of Europe. Due to Minh's timely intervention liberation had come to the last of the indigenous people languishing in the former British Empire and French Union by the end of 1920s. -Post by Guest Historian Steve Payne-

in 1941, Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye meets with President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States in order to improve relations between the two countries in light of Japan's war with China. Konoye, who hated the European fascists that his country had allied itself with, sought to divert American attention from his country to Europe; he knew that Roosevelt also hated the fascists, and was quite willing to be moved in that direction, if Konoye could assure him that American interests in the Pacific would not be compromised by Japan. The Prime Minister was eager to grant such guarantees, and returned to Japan with a peace agreement that relieved a great deal of pressure from the island nation. Although the military was unhappy with this deal, they saw the advantage of not having to fight American forces in addition to the allies of China that they were currently struggling against. They called off a secret plan to attack Hawaii and other Pacific American possessions in the winter, and instead focused on the Chinese mainland and the nations of Oceania.

in 1954, Georgia Ann Taylor is born in the small town of Bryan, Texas. Discovered by one of Lawrence Welk's talent scouts while she was at college in Oklahoma, Miss Taylor became a regular guest on Welk's show in the early 70's, crooning popular tunes. She left the show in 1979 and toured Europe for several years before coming back to America and becoming one of the fixtures in the wholesome entertainment scene in Branson, Missouri. As the eldest daughter of a Baptist minister, Miss Taylor often included little homilies from the Bible in her show, and recorded a couple of albums of Christian songs, which attracted the attention of shows like The 700 Club, which she appeared on a few times in the 1980's and 90's. Today, Taylor owns her own theater in Branson and assists other entertainers seeking to break into the Christian music scene, as well as performing her own music once a week.

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