Sunday, March 25, 2007

Religious Turmoil

The state of TIAH

March 25th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: I promised you a collection, and we are working on it – but real life is getting in the way. Fortunately, the worst part of the real-life problems we were having has been resolved. I have found new employment (yay!). We're going to aim for an April release for the collection, and will make more announcements about it as we draw closer to actually making that a reality. We're spending this morning working on, it so our Guest Historian is taking up the slack for our posting today. And, speaking of April and our Guest Historian, Stephen Payne suggested that it was time for a contest, so we're going to have an April Fool's Day Contest! Email us up to 3 entries for an alternate April 1st and we will post the best 10, with your own credit and link to your website (if you have one). My lovely Co-Historian says that if we can get 30 entrants, we can offer an ultimate winner a complimentary TIAH mug, but we only have 4 entrants so far! Get researching those alternate histories now, folks! The deadline is March 29th.

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Sh..
In 1811 the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Divinity. Since the Reformation, England had been studiously atheist and even the dons of Oxford were not tolerant of religious worship in the nineteenth century.

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

In 1865 on this day in Wisconsin the Claywater Meteorite exploded just before reaching ground level, delivering a cluster-bomb effect as fragments of 1.5 kg mass showered Vernon County. Little significance was given to the incident until the delivery of the alien first-borns; settlers of European heritage were about .. Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater
.. to experience a great empathy for the displaced first nations of America.

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

In 1955 US President William Randolph Hearst invited Allen Ginsberg to the Reconstructed White House in San Francisco to congratulate that gentleman on the delicious obscenity of his latest poem 'Howl'. Standing proudly alongside other members of the genre including Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, Hearst noted ..
.. that the poetry of the Beat Generation was a vital form of escapism for America as it sought to build a counter-culture after the horror of World War III. Ginsberg honoured Hearst by writing some highly offensive graffiti on the West Wing wall.

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

In 1409 the Council of Pisa opened in a determined attempted to end the Western Schism, a split within the Catholic church in 1378. The event backfired disastrously, and today almost every major city in Europe has at least one Pope and one Anti-pope.Habemus Papam at the Council of Constance
Habemus Papam a..

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

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