Wednesday, May 09, 2007


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May 9th, 2007

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in 1891, Major Mark Wainwright and his small team of men blow up the ammunition dump at the Kansas border and successfully slip back over into Nebraska. Colonel Theodore Monteith attacks the Kansas militia at that point, and successfully captures miles of territory from the rebels, who are forced to retreat from the better-supplied Union men. The victory is bandied about the Midwest by those loyal to the Union cause, and morale lifts for those who long to see Kansas brought back into the brotherhood of the states.

in 1999, in spite of the best efforts of Queen Gwen, word reaches King Arthur II that Prime Minister Merl Myrddin has been found and is in a hospital in London, laying in a coma. Arthur immediately leaves Wales, even though the queen pleads with him that he needs more rest. Fortunes for Great Britain seem to turn everywhere as King Arthur returns to England – Sir Lance du Lac's forces in Switzerland finally swell to a number that he feels sufficient to march on Bern. Emperor Pierre is thrown into a panic as all his pretenses to control of the situation crumble; the elite of the Illuminati abandon him and flee Switzerland by any route still available to them.

In 1997, Snow Crash movie Director Marco Brambilla visits the hospital where the author Neal Stephenson lies motionless in the hospital bed with thick leather straps across his legs, arms and head. The nurse explains that the author's body has ceased to function, a pace maker has been fitted. Also, he is covered in a fine sheen of perspiration. Stephenson himself knows nothing. He is trapped in the Black Sun, a software construct in cyberspace.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 1999, Mr Gray's vehicle flashed past and the author Stephen King recognized the driver immediately. It was himself, wearing the scary trademark grin of the gunslinger, Roland Deschain.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 1947, the Tydings Committee continued with the cross examination of General Sir Bernard Montgomery, commander of the 21st Army Group, to which ..
.. all of the D-Day invasion ground forces belonged, and he was also in charge of developing the invasion plan. Following his role in Operation Dynamo in 1940, and on his return Montgomery antagonised the War Office with trenchant criticisms of the command of the BEF and was briefly relegated to divisional command and only made CB. The bottom line was that Eisenhower not scared of the Tail gunner either. But there was plenty of time for fear to develop until it gripped Montgomery like a vice.

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

In 1989, in Great Britain the Security Forces are not yet ready to remove the Goddess of Democracy which has been in Hyde Park for five days now. However they are bold enough to create some peripheral trouble for the protectors, and in one such incident, a young man later dies of injuries sustained from a blow with a police .. Blair Peach
Blair Peach
.. baton. Blair Peach was a New Zealand-born teacher of special needs children at a school in London. He hardly met the republican image that the British Royal household is portraying so starkly in the media as radicals. It's a public relations disaster for Buckingham Palace.

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

Thomas Blood
Thomas Blood
In 1671, disguised as a clergyman Thomas Blood stole the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. He was too drunk to run with the loot and fell into the River Thames where the Jewels were never recovered. He was later condemned to death and then mysteriously pardoned and exiled by King Charles II. The heart of the matter was ..
.. the Royal money troubles with Blood was acting under orders. The jewels, most of which were made for Charles II, had been destined to be broken up and sold on the continent and the proceeds used to refill the royal treasury.

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

In 1950, on this day Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the United States of Europe. Schuman

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

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