Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Scopes Trial

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March 13th, 2007

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in 1881, the People's Will revolutionary movement in Russia claims its greatest prize – the life of the Czar. Alexander II was killed by a bomb in St. Petersburg. Sergei Nechayev, leader of the People's Will, led a small force against the Czar's son, Alexander III, and killed him before he could assume the throne. Peasants across the huge country answered the call of the People's Will to rise up against the old system and threw the country into anarchy. The Russian Civil War lasted until 1888, when the People's Will assumed power and Nechayev named himself Prime Minister. Most of the nobility in the country was killed during the struggle, including all the members of the royal family. Most of the other countries of Europe refused to acknowledge the Peasant Country, and the French government even went so far as to set up the Russian government-in-exile in the Russian embassy in Paris. This all changed when the Great War erupted between the Central Powers and the Western Powers of Europe; each side was quite happy to woo Prime Minister Ulyonov for the might of Russia's peasant army. Ulyonov threw Russia's strength behind the West, locking the Central Powers in a vise between east and west. Russia's entry into the war in 1916 all but ended the conflict – Austria-Hungary surrendered immediately, and the Ottoman Empire and Germany followed in the next three months. Prime Minister Ulyonov exacted a high price for Russia's involvement – the monarchies of all three of the Central Powers were deposed, and democracies set up in those countries. The Peasant Country continued exporting “people's democracies” throughout the 20th century, causing trouble with its erstwhile western allies for decades after the war.

Udham Singh
Udham Singh
In 1940 Udham Singh prepared to assassinate the former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab, a revenge attack for his authorisation of the events of April 13, 1919 in Jallianwala Bagh. Known as the Amritsar Massacre, imperial troops opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children in an act of unprovoked barbarism, ..
.. killing 1800 people. Singh understood that security will be a major problem in entering Admiralty House to put his plan into action. Driven by the spirits of the murdered Punjabis, he is determined to succeed however, Winston Churchill dies tonight.

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

In 1954 Viet Minh forces fall into a trap at the Battle of Điện Biện Phu: Vietnam where they are convincingly beaten by Franco-US forces and Hmong mercenaries led by Christian de Castries. Ignoring Eisenhower's advice to avoid entanglement in Vietnam as a counsel of despair, President MacArthur said they had not conquered .. Dien Bien Phu
Dien Bien Phu
.. the Japanese only to be defeated by night-fighters in pyjamas.

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

Scopes Trial
Scopes Trial
In 1925 in the State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes (the Scopes Trial) Judge John T. Raulston ruled in favour of the high school teacher. Henceforth 'Any statement that denies Charles Darwins' proven theory of evolution that man has descended from a lower order of animals rather than the story of the Divine ..
.. Creation of man as taught in the Bible.' became a crime in Tennessee.

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

In 1846 300 tenants were unjustly evicted at the village of Ballinglass in Ireland during the Irish Potato famine. The indefensible Ballinglass Incident was the beginning of the end for the British Rule in Ireland. That great reforming British Prime Minister William Gladstone brought the Irish Home Rule Bill before the House .. Irish Home Rule bill in Parliament
Irish Home Rule..
.. of Commons on 8 April 1886 and before the end of the decade, the island of Ireland was free.

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

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