Saturday, April 21, 2007

King Of All The Realm

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April 21st, 2007

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in 1891, the Secretary of War ponders the telegram from General Franklin amid news that Kansas City is entirely under the control of the Kansas rebels. There is also the personal telegram that Major Wainwright had sent, saying that former President Grover Cleveland had died from the gunshot wound he had endured on his escape from Topeka. He had yet to bring this news to President Harrison; Harrison hated Cleveland, so that would be good news. However, him dying as a martyr to America wouldn't be the best thing in the world for Republican political fortunes. He went ahead and went into his appointment with the president – it wasn't for him to decide the nation's direction, after all. He walked up to Harrison's desk and said, “Ben, I have some news from the Kansas front...”

in 1998, when Arthur Pendrake walks into London, there is only token resistance from Brigadier Major-General Charles Fortescue's few loyal troops. Virtually the entire defensive force of London defects over to Arthur, and Fortescue himself is brought before the pretender in irons. “I do not hold you responsible for your attacks upon me,” Arthur tells the general. “You were being loyal to the crown, and I understand. But, this day, I shall wear the crown, and if you are not loyal to me, then I shall hold you responsible for your treason. What is your decision, sir?” The brigadier straightens himself, and standing tall and proud, says, “Sir, I serve Queen Elizabeth, sovereign of the realm, and do not recognize your right to the crown. If my loyalty to the rightful monarch of Britain is treason to you, then let me be the first to die for that treason.” Arthur is deeply moved by the man's unswerving fidelity, and pardons him. “However, you must leave our shores, sir. Go and join your false queen on the continent, and conspire with the evil men who seek to rule our nation through secrets and subterfuge.” Fortescue is put on a boat for Amsterdam along with a few dozen of his men, and allowed to leave. Arthur proceeds to the Tower of London, where he recovers the crown. After Merl Myrddin assembles as many reporters as he can, along with a couple of film crews, Arthur crowns himself King of all the realm.

In 2165 teenagers played a game of basket ball on this day at Venice Beach. It was a cyberspace game, of course. The unbreathable air of Southern California was a lethal cocktail of toxic chemicals. And the trash that blew around Venice Beach would have thrown a Geiger Counter into a wild frenzy. Stanley 3XG Homeboy was winning comfortably, playing the game on a cyberspace console at his home in Whittaker, California. Home was a grand name for a 20 feet by 25 feet lock-up, built as a double car garage by mid-century 20ths.

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

Constantine I
Constantine I
In 753 BC brothers Romulus and Remus founded the City of Rome which became the capital of the great Roman Empire. In the late 3rd century division was required to control the vast Roman Empire. In 317 Constantine I made two momentous and far-reaching decisions; one being his decision to found a new capital city in Byzantium, ..
.. and the other being his adoption of Christianity. Rome had long since ceased to be an effective political capital of the Empire, being too far from the endangered northern frontiers and the wealthy Eastern provinces. The success of Byzantium was unstoppable, and the city once again became the capital of the unified Roman Empire in 412. Today, Byzantium is of course the natural capital of Europe and for that very reason was chosen as an administrative centre by the European Union in 1981.

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

In 1968 Lord Louis Mountbatten reluctantly agreed to the proposals from abdicated monarch Charles Windsor, and the two Heads of the British Eighth Army, Bernard Montgomery and Claude Auchinlech. He is to be the Interim Prime Minister of a military government, formed to deal with the economic crisis. Moreover, to do something .. Lord Louis Mountbatten
Lord Louis Moun..
.. about the irreversible decline the British nation has suffered since winning the great war, and self-evidently, losing the peace.

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

Manfred von Richthofen. Around his neck he wears the Pour le Mérite, Prussia
Manfred von Ric..
In 1918 German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as 'The Red Baron', was very nearly shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. The Baron survived World War I and was nominated by Paul von Hindenburgh as his preferred successor to the Presidency due to his failing health in the 1930s. This was considered ..
.. a master-stroke as the appointment of another illustrious officer from the glorious past held the highest-level centrifugal forces together in the Weimar Republic in the absence of the deposed House of Hohenzollern. Gathering right-wing forces were unable to justify action to fill a vacuum of power that was of course ultimately averted.

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

In 1863 on this day the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh declared his mission as  'He whom God shall make manifest' . At the age of 28, Bahá'u'lláh received a messenger telling him of the Báb, whose message he accepted, becoming a Bábí. Bahá'u'lláh began to spread the new cause, especially in his .. Shrine of Bahá
Shrine of Bahá'..
.. native province of Núr, becoming recognized as one of its most influential believers. (Dawnbreakers). The accompanying government suppression of the Báb's religion resulted in Bahá'u'lláh's being imprisoned twice and and enduring bastinado torture once. The work of the Dawnbreakers established a unifying religion in Palestine that prepared the indigenes for the Jewish settlers and their failed bid to establish the State of Israel in 1948.

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

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