Monday, February 19, 2007

Arnold Passed Over

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February 19th, 2007

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in 1777, the Continental Congress, the organization of rebel leaders for the American revolution, promotes several rebel officers to the rank of Major General. New York's General Benedict Arnold is not among those elevated, and is quite bitter about that. He is close to resignation from the rebel cause when the Commander-in-Chief of the revolutionary forces, George Washington, intervenes personally and convinces the Congress to promote him. Arnold, grateful to Washington for this personal favor, does not let his commander down. He leads rebel forces in victory after victory, and is the battlefield commander when the British finally surrender at Yorktown; he accepted Lord Cornwallis' sword himself, a souvenir he kept above his mantel the rest of his life. When the young republic called on General Washington to lead it as its first president, Washington called on the man who had been his right arm to stand by his side. Washington and Arnold, as President and Vice-President, set the definitive example of the American executive. Although many New Yorkers would have liked to see him elevated again, Vice-President Arnold felt that his health was too poor to continue serving his country. He retired to his home state and died shortly after leaving office, in 1799.

in 1847, the Donner and Reed families, settlers from Illinois heading west to California, take up their journey again after wintering at the Sierra Nevadas. They had reached the mountains in October, but decided against trying to cross them because of the possibility of being trapped there over winter. Although it was an unpopular decision, the settler's leader, George Donner, had felt intimidated by the mountains and was not ready to challenge them until spring was at least close at hand.

in 1981, although he had come into office expecting to reinstate the backing of the United States government for several anti-communist regimes that the Carter administration had dropped support for, President Ronald Reagan changes his mind after viewing the reports of the violence of the military government in El Salvador. “We can't put the prestige of America behind that,” he says of the Salvadoran military. Without US aid, El Salvador's revolutionaries win the struggle 4 years later, and President Reagan extends the hand of the United States in friendship. It is gratefully accepted, and this action is often credited as keeping El Salvador out of the communist bloc.

Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton inspects the Royal Naval Division
Sir Ian Standis..
In 1915 the Battle of Gallipoli began when a strong Anglo-French task force including the British battleship Queen Elizabeth released huge quantities of mustard gas from the Sea of Marmara. Turkish troops along the coast of the Bosphurus were decimated by this dastardly and cynical attack. ..
.. Promising to avenge Troy, Mustafa Kemal escaped the gas just in the nick of time. General Sir Ian Hamilton and his Mediterranean Expeditionary Force marched into the capital and from the Hagia Sophia proclaimed the liberation of the City of Constantinople.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1964 Paul Simon writes 'The Sounds of Silence', catapulting both the deaf song-writer and artist Art Garfunkel to stardom as Simon & Garfunkel. Paul Simon
Paul Simon

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledov..
In 1993 Harry Turtledove published the counter-history novel Yellow Pearl, in which he posed the Pearl Harbour question – what if the US Navy had left the safety of San Diego for Hawaii, unnecessarily provoking the Empire of Japan?

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 2002 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe began to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system. David Bowie was right, there really were Spiders on Mars.Mars Odyssey
Mars Odyssey

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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