Saturday, February 10, 2007

Number 999

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February 10th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: As we run up to our 1000th post on TIAH in Blogger tomorrow, we're going to get sentimental and nostalgic. Just to get personal for a minute, today would have been my sister Shari's 45th birthday. I wrote a small essay about her last year, and I don't really have anything to add to that, other than that I miss her a lot. Getting back to the cool stuff tomorrow, in addition to Stephen's guest post, our regular post will be a reminiscence of where we've been and what we've done. Be sure to join us as we get all reflective in celebration of this unique milestone. More long-term, we are working on a new project – a collection in book format of several timelines with more-or-less complete stories inside them – The Fall, the Tolman timeline, the Mormon War, the Lascaux Cave story, and more – that will have our NaNoWriMo novel, After, included with it. Once they're edited together, we'll put the lot up for sale on Lulu. If you would be interested in this, or would like to suggest something for inclusion in the collection, please email me and let me know. And, speaking of side projects, Guest Historian Stephen Payne has one, Crimson Kiss, available for free on Lulu. Check it out and put up a review!

in 1920, San Francisco's Irish movie-goers cause havoc in the city when they view the film Kathleen Mavourneen, in which Jewish actress Theda Bara took on the title role of a poor Irish woman in the 19th century. The Irish felt the film belittled them, and were up in arms not only in San Francisco, but also in Los Angeles, where they burned the Fox Film Corporation to the ground. It took the California State Police three days to regain control of the two cities, and the Kathleen Riots, as they became known, caused 14 deaths and the equivalent of 400 million current US dollars in damage. Fox was never able to rebuild, and is only a footnote in film history now.

in 1962, real estate developer Shari Taylor was born in Houston, Texas. As a land developer in the Dallas market, she made herself very comfortable, but it was her Republican Party connections that led her to her most famous deal – she was the go-between who convinced several Arlington land-owners to accept a deal from the Texas Rangers for their land. Her savvy negotiating forestalled the more drastic tactic that some of the Rangers' owners, most notably George W. Bush, wanted to take; they were prepared to convince the city of Arlington to use eminent domain to seize the land. Ms. Taylor's negotiating skills endeared her to Bush, and he offered her several assignments when he was governor and needed someone he knew was good at bargaining.

in 2007, Vice-President Cheney sends word to the major news media that he has assumed the office of president because of the kidnapping of President Bush the day before. Senator John Kerry drives to the Pentagon and appeals directly to the Joint Chiefs to support the Congress in this struggle, and they reluctantly agree. Secret Service agents surrender once they see tanks rolling up to the White House, and Cheney is placed under arrest. As he makes his 'perp walk' from the White House to a car waiting to whisk him away to a secure prison, he mutters, “Why did I let him go on that joy ride?

Dwight David Eisenhower
Dwight David Ei..
In 1954 defeated Presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower warned against United States intervention in Vietnam. He was wasting his breath, President Douglas MacArthur had invested too much in the AsiaPac theatre to let the Viet Cong roll him and his French allies over. Brass Hat believed ..
.. that the recourse to nuclear weapons in Japan was the source of American weakness, after all, had they of executed Operation Downfall as he proposed, no one would doubt their willingness to fight. Still, it did not mean that the bomb was wrong, on the contrary, he intended to drop thirty to fifty such weapons that very year in Manchuria to defeat China.

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

In 2006 President Alessandra Mussolini opened the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. She dedicated the event to her grandfather, Il Duce. Alessandra Mussolini
Alessandra Muss..

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

Prince Albert
Prince Albert
In 1840 Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. She would die giving birth to Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1857. In isolation with republicanism in the ascendancy, the Regent turned to his blood family in Prussia, starting the beginning of an alliance between ..
.. Great Britain and Imperial Germany that would dominate the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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

In 1928 the first murmurs of controversy surround the publication of D.H. Lawrence novel Lord Chatterleys Lover. In England Heterophobia was still rife even in the swinging twenties and the heterosexual love scene between Lady Chatterley and the Gardener Mellors was not considered acceptable.D.H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence

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

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