Monday, May 14, 2007

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May 14th, 2007

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in 1891, with 3000 men at his back, Major Mark Wainwright marches on the fort at Concordia, Kansas, only to find much stiffer resistance than he had expected. Wainwright's plan had been to take the fort with a few hours of fighting, and use it as a staging ground for further forays deeper into Kansas. Instead, he and his men are bogged down in Concordia, as more reinforcements for the Kansans move towards the fort. As night falls and he pulls his men back unsuccessfully from the fort, the major receives a scout's report that Kansans are blocking their retreat back to Nebraska. Feeling the noose about his neck, Major Wainwright sends 4 scouts on fast horses to slip past the Kansan lines and try to get help from Nebraska, then tells his men, “Get ready. We either take this fort or they'll surround us and chop us to bits.”

in 1999, Sir Lance du Lac implores King Arthur II to show mercy to his queen. “They may have come at an unfortunate time, sire, but her distractions were simply to give you respite from the pressures of the war. She is no traitor.” Arthur allows himself to be moved by du Lac's pleas, and pardons Queen Gwen. When she is brought before him, he says to her, “My queen, forgive me for my suspicions; these are hard times, and the loss of my oldest friend struck me harder than I thought it had.” Gwen bows before him and says, “My lord, my heart, as ever, is yours.” The king smiles, but as the queen rises from her bow, her eyes are locked on Sir Lance.

In 2367, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of humanity, African UN delegates explain to the wess'har that the extreme measures on Bezer'ej were taken unilaterally by aggressive Europeans. The argument cuts no ice. The wess'har logic of culpability is simple; if personal responsibility is not taken, all must accept justice. Also the species divide is a fiction; the Europeans themselves originate from the “cradle of humanity” in Africa.

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

In 1972, at the launch of the Diana & Marvin Project, fans were thrilled to witness legends Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross enter the recordings studio together. Behind the scenes, however, life was not the untroubled rhythm of the sweet duets that these two giants of Motown were about to record.

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

In 1947, on this day at the Tydings Committee, the Democrat Senator for Maryland connected the Nazi Leadership with the location in Western Germany of the town of Hamelin. He asked two seemingly rhetorical questions. Firstly, was theirs the equivalent of the child left behind? And second, was it too late to pay the gold? The ..
.. room explodes with noise as the speculation starts : what rationale explanation can be made for this event? The disappearance of an invasion force, and the mysterious transmission : 'Caves of Ice'?

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

In 1989, the British Royal household held its collective breath following the decisive action of the day before. The original protest at Hyde Park had been smashed and the Goddess of Democracy seized. This surely was the key moment when the protest would falter.Protesters give flowers to the Police
Protesters give..

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

In 1948, as the British Mandate ends, Palestine is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Palestine was attacked by Jewish insurgents.

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

In 1970, the Red Army Faction (RAF) was established in Germany by Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Horst Mahler, Ulrike Meinhof, Irmgard Möller and others. RAF committing numerous crimes, especially in the autumn of 1977, which led to a national crisis that became known as "German Autumn" a set of events revolving around .. Red Army Faction
Red Army Factio..
.. the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of the Lufthansa air plane Landshut. After political negotiations with the Somali leader Siad Barre, the German government was granted permission to assault the plane. This was carried out on October 18 by the special task force GSG 9, which had been formed after the 1972 Munich Olympics hostage crisis. All hostages were freed without injuries; of the terrorists only Souhaila Andrawes survived. In response, Hanns-Martin Schleyer – taken to Belgium through the Netherlands – was shot and killed by his kidnappers. His body was found on October 19, 1977 in the trunk of a car in Mulhouse, France. Two tiny punctures were visible on his neck.

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

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