In 238 AD, on this day the barbarian Emperor Maximinus Thrax entered Aquileia after soldiers of the II Parthica finally broke through the city's defences.
The Triumph of Maximinus ThraxThe news of the breakthrough forced Caesar Gordian III to flee for his life because his father and grandfather had both been killed in the revolt. And the Senators behind those elections had their heads were cut off and placed on poles outside Rome to greet the rightful Emperor.
Maximinus Thrax had conducted large-scale operations deep in Germania Magna, and planned for the eventual annexation of the entire region. And so he set about establishing a Vistula-Dniester by conquering all Germanic land up to the Baltic Coast. This expansion introduced two new challenges for his successors. Firstly, to assimilate unRomanized Slavs and Balts into the Empire. And secondly, even more difficult, to make innovative use of the heavy plough to ensure that the new provinces would be profitable.
In 1509, on this day Arthur Tudor ascended the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII. But the country would experience a sharp diminution in status during his ill-fated reign.
Ascension of King Arthur IIThe problem was at the age of just two, he was betrothed to Joanna of Castille as part of the Treaty of Medina del Campo. However Queen Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon ("Ferdinand the Catholic") were reluctant for the marriage to proceed because of the instability of Tudor Rule. In fact, they only acquiesced with the executions of the potential pretenders Perkin Warbeck and the Earl of Warwick.
The marriage could then proceed although these carefully laid plans were very nearly destroyed when the Prince of Wales almost perished from consumption. Fortunately, Joanna saved his life, and while their marriage was blessed with children, her younger sister Katherine was not so fortunate. She suffered from infertility and a tortured marriage. Her megalomaniac husband Philip the Handsome would dominate everyone on the continent reducing the power of Catholic England to a mere vassal state within a truly global Spanish Empire. It was a diminution that made a mockery of the Arthurian association with his illustrious predecessor from the House of Pendragon.
In 753 BC, on this day Remus, the legendary founder of the Remorian Republic murdered his brother Romulus in cold blood.
Remus kills his brother RomulusThe brothers had argued bitterly over the best site for the new city. Romulus favoured the Palatine Hill; Remus wanted the Aventine Hill. They agreed to select the site by divine augury, took up position on their respective hills and prepared a sacred space; signs were sent to each in the form of vultures, or eagles. Remus saw six; Romulus saw twelve, and claimed superior augury (foresight) as the basis of his right to decide.
Remus made a counterclaim: he saw his six vultures first. Romulus set to work with his supporters, digging a trench (or building a wall, according to Dionysius) around the Palatine to define his city boundary. Remus criticized some parts of the work and obstructed others. At last, Remus leaped across the boundary, as an insult to the city's defenses and their creator. For this, he was challenged by Romulus, but Remus prevailed and his brother was killed.
But perhaps Romulus was proven right after all, because the city ruled by Remus never developed further than an obscure Latin city in the shadow of the Etruscans. And of course the Remorian Republic was utterly destroyed by Hamicar Barca in 223 BC.
In 1793, when "Citizen" Genêt informed General Washington of inappropriate remarks made in private by Thomas Jefferson the President had no choice by to summarily dismiss his Secretary of State for a serious breach of political integrity.
How the French Connection destroyed the duplicitious career of Thomas JeffersonUltimately the outbreak of the Anglo-French War would force the President to make a Proclaimation of Neutrality denying support to Revolutionary France in spite of the crucial role that France had played in America's own Revolution. But where Washington and the pro-British Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton saw a looming threat of American involvement, the anti-Federalists "Generalissimo" Jefferson and "General" James Madison saw a popular opportunity to strike a blow for the Democratic-Republican Party.
The political question of American foreign policy was of course a matter of fierce debate, both in public, and also in private with both Hamilton and Madison publishing articles under the pseudonyms of Pacifus and Helvidius. But even the exposure of those intrigues would not have led to a split in the Cabinet - that required the arrival of Citizen Genêt (pictured) in early April.
At least in the overfertile imagination of Jefferson and Madison, if not in fact, the American public was overwhelmingly in support of the French Government, both for fighting the hated British, and for launching their own bid for liberty. Regardless the arrival of French Ambassador Edmond-Charles Genêt was over-enthusiastically toasted by the senior members of the Federal Government, encouraging Jefferson to declare the rekindling of the spirit of '76.
Because he had served as the American Ambassador to France for almost a decade, Jefferson not only had an extremely developed sense of empathy, he saw Genêt as a junior protege. Perhaps this intimacy encouraged him to excuse "The Terror" with the observation that "My own affections have been deeply wounded by some of the martyrs to this cause, but rather than it should have failed, I would have seen half the earth desolated. Were there but an Adam and an Eve left in every country, and left free, it would be better than as it now is". It was this ill-disciplined comment that enraged Washington, convincing him that Jefferson was the most dangerous man in America.
In AD 33, on this day Jesus was deceived into giving the Jewish leadership an unmistakeable sign that he really was the Messiah by miraculously restoring the dismembered ear of the Temple Guard Malchus which had been cut off by Simon Peter during the struggle which preceded the arrest at the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Last TemptationThe disciple had been tempted into an overzealous act of violence by Satan who knew that a crucifixion would ensure that he was defeated once and for all.
Jesus, who through his ministry had endured the temptations both of Satah and also the Jewish leadership, succumbed to pity and at the last, Satan triumphed.
"Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" ~ Matthew 3:2Of course the Sanhedrin trial was transformed by the verifiable testimony of Malchus and the Jewish authorities were forced to accept Jesus to be the Messiah.
But because Jesus could not become King unless He went to the cross, the declaration of a Kingdom of Heaven was premature, triggering a holy war between Satan and his angels against the Messiah.
In 1836, at the Battle of San Jacinto, Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna defeated the forces of U.S.-born Gen. Samuel Houston, commander in chief of the revolutionary forces of the breakaway state of Texas, and captured Houston himself, after the latter's attempt to counter the superior Mexican numbers with a surprise attack failed.
Santa Anna wins the Battle of San Jacinto by Eric LippsThe battle would deliver a crippling blow to Texan morale, and would prove to be the tipping point in the failed struggle for Texan independence. The American Texans, or "Texians" as they were commonly called, had been retreating toward the border with the United states since the fall of the Alamo. Now that retreat became a rout, joined by many American settlers whose presence complicated the efforts of the Texian army to regroup. Tattered remnants of the once-proud force eventually limped across the border into Louisiana along with several thousand civilian refugees.
Houston would be freed by the Mexican government as a result of diplomatic efforts on the part of President Andrew Jackson. He would, however, return home in humiliation. He had emigrated to Texas originally to avoid the stigma attached to his name by a fight with Ohio congressman William Stanberry which had led to a high-profile trial and conviction for assault for which he had escaped serious punishment only with the help of influential friends.. Now his failure in Mexico was added to that burden. An ambitious man, he saw his political prospects shrivel. He resumed his long-abandoned practice as a lawyer, but found his reputation a serious hindrance in attracting clients.
Houston's disgrace and the defeat of his "Texians" meant the end of the idea of Texan independence, Ironically, Houston himself had preferred not independence but annexation of Texas by the United States. Texas would remain the property of Mexico despite periodic efforts by U.S. "filibusters" to foment a new rebellion. The last such effort would come in 1859, as civil war loomed in the United States and slaveholding Southerners sought to add one or more new slave states to the Union to strengthen their position. Its failure arguably shortened the war, which ended in Northern victory in November 1864, just after the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln.
In 2005, on this day NINE, LLC released a computer animated short film featuring a sentient rag doll living in the ruins of a decaying parallel world. Click to watch 9 By Shane Acker.
The Making of "Twelve"Founded by a student called Shane Acker, the company employed only five animators and three lighters who took four and a half years to create the movie "9" on a three-computer dual-processor render farm using regular "commodity" software comprising Maya 1.5-5.5 for 3D modeling, Photoshop for the textures.
Nevertheless, Ackers enjoyed a string of awards which included Student Academy Award - Gold Award for Animation, SIGGRAPH - Best in Show, Animex - First Prize, 3D Character Animation, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation College Awards - First Prize, Non-traditional Animation, Florida Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival - Best Animated Short. "We had such potential. Such promise. But we squandered our gifts. And so, 9, I am creating you. Our world is ending. Life must go on. " ~ the ScientistMore importantly, the fanfare brought the movie to the attention of Film Director Tim Burton who was greatly impressed with Acker's artistic vision.
Tim Burton proposed a feature-length adaptation to be directed by Acker and distributed by Focus Features. In so doing, Burton eliminated a "plot hole" from the original ten-minute movie. Because the Scientist states he is afraid of The Machine because it lacks a human soul. However, The Machine begins to operate only once #2's soul is transferred inside it, and it ceases to function once all the souls are drained from it. This would suggest it has to possess a soul to operate at all, contradicting the Scientist's claim.
From this chance focus on the spiritual dimension, Burton and Ackers re-evaluated the completeness of the artistic vision, deciding to imbue the movie with a stronger biblical subtext. Released on 12.12.12 for Christmas 2012, the protagonist is more strikingly an apocalyptic Jesus figure, and the remaining stitch-punks are also characterised from the disciplines. Click to watch the Trailer.
In 2008, the Associated Press reported from Katmandu ~ Nepalese soldiers and police guarding the slopes of Mount Everest are authorized to shoot to stop any protests during China's Olympic torch run to the summit.
Nepalese soldiers and police guarding the slopes of Mount EverestChinese climbers plan to take the torch to the summit of Everest - the world's highest peak on the border between Nepal and Tibet ' in the first few days of May. During that time, other climbers will be banned from higher elevations.
A Nepalese government spokesman says police and soldiers "have been given orders to stop any protest on the mountain using whatever means necessary," adding deadly force is authorized only as a last resort. The troops will first try to persuade protesters to leave and will arrest those who don't.
Twenty-five soldiers and policemen have already established several camps on the mountain, with the possibility more troops could be sent if needed.
The torch relay - the longest in Olympic history - has been seized on as a platform to protest China's human rights record, most notably the crackdown on demonstrations in Tibet in March. Tibetan exiles have protested almost daily in the Nepalese capital of Katmandu in front of the United Nations office and the Chinese Embassy. Human rights protests have now reached a new fever pitch. An attempt by the protestors to appeal directly to the Holy Ones of Everest cannot be ruled out at this time. The Chinese Government continues to make determined attempts to prevent direct intervention in human affairs.
In 2008, Bob Weber of the Canadian Press reported ~ Inuit hunters are bracing for another showdown this week with government wildlife scientists, this time over how many polar bears they'll be allowed to capture from one of Canada's largest populations of the iconic predator.Inuit hunters, scientists set to square off over polar bear quotas Scientists say the bears of Baffin Bay have been overhunted for years - partly by Greenlanders - and they will argue at hearings beginning Tuesday in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, that the number of valuable tags for the animals should be cut by 40 per cent, if not eliminated.
But Inuit say the bears are fine and that researchers haven't even counted them in more than a decade. They point to a recent admission that scientists drastically underestimated bowhead whales in the Arctic as a reason to be skeptical of bear estimates. Some say if they're cut off from harvesting an animal they'll ignore regulations and shoot as many bears as they need. "We don't believe the scientists' information any more," said Jayko Alooloo, head of the Hunters and Trappers Organization in Pond Inlet, one of the three communities along the east shore of Baffin Island that hunts the bears. "(Hunters) will ignore new quotas".
Both the local Inuit economy and also the great market city of Corcyrus are dependent upon off-world trade. The Gorean city is ruled by a beautiful woman, the cruel, arrogant, much-hated Tatrix Sheila. The Tatrix needs to fill the coffers of Ar in order to pay for the war on Vosk. Agents such as Ligurious transship to the far side of the sun where a vibrant demand exists for such exotic items.
In 2015, on this day James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and a major tycoon in his own right, announced he was putting together an investors' group to acquire a controlling stake in BBC1, which had been put up for sale a few weeks earlier in a desperate attempt to resolve a growing British government budget shortfall.
The news of Murdoch's bid sparked grave fears among BBC1 employees, whose salaries had already been severely cut by the outgoing Cameron administration and were likely to be slashed still further if the Murdoch group succeed in its efforts to take over the longtime flagship of the BBC network.
In 2008, on this day US senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced a resolution on the Senate floor condemning the Mugabe regime's human rights abuses.
"Robert Mugabe's actions and words are a gross insult to the memory of my ancestors and to the most basic standards of decency and freedom". Obama said in addressing his Senate colleagues on the proposed resolution.
On this day in 1982, former NWA United States champion Rick Steamboat was subjected to a three-on-one assault by the Enforcers after a match against Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine in Tampa, Florida.
After the ambush, which left Steamboat nearly unconscious, a jubilant Jim Cornette arrogantly boast that a similar fate or worse was in store for anyone who dared oppose his stable's plans.
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 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 2005, Chelsea Perkins and her mother have an argument in which Mrs. Perkins accuses Chelsea of being in league with the devil; Chelsea pleads with her mother to understand the true nature of her powers, but Mrs. Perkins refuses, and orders her to leave unless she will consent to confession at their church. Chelsea agrees, and the priest at the local church receives quite an earful that day.
In 1997, Egyptian Marines capture the Pentagon and a large number of American officers along with it. Most of the Joint Chiefs are holed up in Norad with President Shephard, but with the collapse of the Pentagon, huge numbers of the American military surrender. Allied forces are freed up to concentrate on cracking Norad?s defenses.
In 1996, Bartholomew Thompson and his ancestor Mikhail von Heflin part ways after rescuing Thompson?s future wife from kidnappers. The Baron sees part of their future together, but says nothing to Thompson; he has no wish to depress the young man in his moment of triumph. Thompson, for his part, says nothing to the Baron about a nagging feeling he has that something is wrong in the Baron's head.
In 1963, the Gathering Moss met superstar Pete Best when they opened for him at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Best, who had played in some seedy dives with his old band, The Silver Beetles, took the Londoners out on a pub crawl afterwards that became the stuff of music legend.
In 1915, Admiral Esteban Rodriquez, working on the information gleaned from the Q'Barian refugees, directs his expedition to the P'Karsai nebula, where he expects to find a Kainku world. He personally feels that these Kainku need to be taught about the might of the Congress of Nations, but will follow orders requiring him to be diplomatic; at first, anyway.
In 1989, a huge group of students gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing to commemorate the life of Hu Yaobang, a reformer within the Chinese Communist Party. They asked for a meeting with Premier Li Peng, and to everyone's surprise, it was granted. Premier Li had decided to carry on with Hu's reforms, much to the consternation of the rest of the party.
In 1956, a young trucker from Mississippi scored a #1 hit on the Billboard charts with Heartbreak Hotel. Jesse Presley went on to become the most famous singer in the world, with billions of albums sold over his 20-year career. He remained humble about it all, giving his thanks to 'God, momma, and my own, personal angel, my brother Elvis.'
In 1836, the Texan militia under Sam Houston attacked Santa Anna at San Jacinto, hoping to score a victory with a surprise attack. Instead, the Mexican forces routed the rebel Texans, capturing Sam Houston and ending the hope of Texas for independence. Santa Anna generously let Houston go into exile in South America rather than face execution in Mexico.
In 0 AUC, the Eternal City was founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus. Rome became an empire, and then a republic, that has given the world an order and culture that has unified all of humanity as a single people. Founding Day is celebrated by all of humanity every year as the single greatest event in the history of the earth.
In 1509, Pope Henry VII died. He had ended the long War of the Roses by deposing beloved Pope Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. In order to secure his papacy, he murdered virtually all of his predecessor?s family; in a masterpiece of propaganda, he painted Pope Richard as the usurping murderer who ill-served the Holy British Empire.
In 1812, on this day William Harris Crawford of Georgia (pictured) was sworn in as the sixth US President after his predecessor the New Yorker George Clinton died from a heart attack.
President William H. Crawford
Sixth US PresidentClinton was the second President to die in office; he had succeeded the frail figure of James Madison who weighing less than one hundred pounds, had a history of poor health and succumbed to a bilious fever during his first term. Both men had struggled with the House Speaker Henry Clay, a powerful political figure who led the predominant faction of "War Hawks". Having passed the minimum age of thirty-five just a week before Clinton's heart attack, Clay was eligible for the Vice Presidency, and therefore Crawford (himself only forty) took the expedient action of selecting an even younger man to restore vigour to the Executive branch of the Federal Government.
However this correction to the recent problem of continuity in the White House backfired spectacularly because it fuelled the already overwhelming Federal Support for prosecuting war with Great Britain. Without the guiding light of a Founding Father, the Republic appeared to be rushing headlong into an uncertain future. The result was the Hartford Convention which triggered the secession of New England.
In 1916, on this day the hard core Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) attempted to seize strongpoints in Dublin City Centre as the precursor to the formation of a Provisional Government of the Irish Republic. But they only succeed in occupying the General Post Office (GPO) where they ceremoniously hoist the flag of the thirty-two county Irish Republic (pictured) as a Sovereign Independent State.
Irish Home Rule in 1914: Part #4Holed up inside were Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke, Seán Mac Dermott and Joseph Plunkett. When Pearsae read a Proclamation of the Republic1 to the bemused and disinterested Dubliners on Sackville Street2, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland John Redmond responded in a measured way by mobilizing the small Irish Citizen Army formed by James Connolly as an emergency militia to starve them out.
After their detention was complete, one of the commanders, American-born Éamonn de Valera was given passage to Boston. At least for now, Ireland would remain part of the United Kingdom under Home Rule. And the future of an Irish Free State would be nurtured by the Clann na Gael in Boston, that great bastion of Republicanism.
This article concludes the Irish Home Rule 1914 collaborative thread.
In 1961, in a dramatic televised address from the Oval Office, President Kennedy announced that a new Cuban Prime Minister, Professor Jose Miro Cardona had established a provisional government in Havana.
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Fait AccompliExplaining why the United States had unilaterally intervened in Cuba, the President stated that "this is not the first time in either ancient or recent history that a small band of freedom fighters has engaged the armor of totalitarianism".
In reality the elite Special Activities Division of the CIA had equipped, trained and lead fourteen hundred Cuban exiles in an amphibious invasion of Cuba to overthrow the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
"We felt that when the chips were down, when the crisis arose in reality, any action required for success would be authorized rather than permit the enterprise to fail" ~ Allen DullesYet CIA Director Allen Dulles, CIA Deputy Director Charles Cabell, and Deputy Director for Plans Richard Bissell had been refused overt conventional military support by the President, who feared a Cold War confrontation. Not understanding that the CIA had rated the chances of success at only 30%, the Agency took matters into their own hands. Bissell turned for assistance to the Mafia who were angry with Castro for closing down their profitable brothels and casinos in Cuba. The Mafia funded a diversionary force in the Escambray Mountains which succeeded in distracting Castro's army for long enough to prevent the initial invasion from turning into a catastrophe as the CIA had warned.
Enraged, and threatening to "smash the Agency into a thousand pieces", Kennedy fired Dulles, Cabell and Bissell. And to ensure executive oversight, Kennedy appointed his brother Robert as the new CIA Director.
In 2009, on this day the Austrian city of Linz held a week-long festival to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of its most famous son, Adolf Hitler.
Linz - Capital of Culture 2009 by Chris OakleyThe controversial history of the city was showcased in a large canvass showcased by the artist Werner Horvath. Born and living in Linz, Horvath painted a number of well known figures from the world of fairy tales known as the "Grottenbahn".
The artist refused to comment on which historic figures were represented by the dwarf and king of frogs.
Yet many viewers would draw perhaps the correct conclusion. Which was that king of frogs was the historical figure of Adolf Hitler set in the current day but looking back on a world of unimaginable change.
Because the celebration was extremely controversial outside of Austria, where a neo-fascist government had been in power since 1993; inside Austria, however, it was seen as a proper show of national pride for a man who had dedicated his life to uniting all the German-speaking peoples of Europe.
In 1889, on this day Walt Disney's favourite cartoonist Adolf Schicklgruber was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary. A good student in elementary school, he quarrelled with his parents over his career plans. Young Schicklegruber dreamt of being a painter, instead of following in his father's steps as a custom's official. From 1905 on, he lived a bohemian life in Vienna. He was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1907-1908) who cited "unfitness for painting," and was told his abilities lay instead in the field of architecture.
The Wonderful World of SchicklegruberOn 21 December 1907, Schicklegruber's mother died of breast cancer at age 47. When he was 21, he inherited money from an aunt and used the money to emigrate to the United States. It has been suggested that Schicklegruber and Disney shared a white supremacist perspective that formed the basis of their life-long partnership, however there is no evidence of this. Whether the artwork is indicative of a utopian mindset or not is of no importance to the millions of children who enjoyed the fruits of their collaborative work.
Yet one mystery remains unsolved. On February 23rd 2008, William Hakvaag, the director of a war museum in northern Norway, said he found drawings hidden in a painting signed 'A. Hitler' that he bought at an auction in Germany. He found coloured cartoons of the characters Bashful and Doc from the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which were signed A.H., and an unsigned sketch of Pinocchio as he appeared in the 1940 Disney film. Clearly drawn by Schicklegruber, it is considered probable that Hitler was a pen-name used by the artist, but the discovery of the canvasses in the Weimar Republic is completely inexplicable.
In 1889, on this day future German Chancellor Adolf (translation "noble wolf" from the Germanic name Adalwolf) Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.
AshesDuring the 1920s Hitler became self aware of a medical condition which he presumed to be linked to the advancement of combat stress disorder suffered intermittently since hospitalization at the close of World War I. The condition caused his arm to shake uncontrollably, forcing him to conceal it behind his back. The condition worsened and became impossible to conceal following the June 21, 1941 move to the major Eastern Front military headquarters known as Fuhrerhauptquartier Wolfsschanze ("Wolf's Lair"). Surprisingly, no leadership connection was drawn to the Kaiser's withered hand, known to the world as a birth injury caused by incompetent surgeons.
Doctors prescribed a cocktail of drugs for Hitler and recommended a vegetarian diet. Deputy Martin Bormann actually constructed a large greenhouse close to the Berghof (near Berchtesgaden) in order to ensure a steady supply of fresh fruits and vegetables for Hitler throughout the war.
Bormann was also responsible for the destruction of Hitler's ashes in the Reich Chancellery Gardens following the Fuhrer's death in Berlin in April 1945. Having concealed his master's lycanthropy for over twenty years, he then used his own shape-shifting techniques to flee the burning city by moonlight, avoid detection by incoming Russian soldiers and return to Bavaria.
In 2008, President Bush ordered the stationing of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Mozambique Channel in an effort to deter the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe from persecuting Zimbabwean opposition political leaders.
On this day in 1982, World Wrestling Federation CEO Vincent K. McMahon, seeing the success the NWA had enjoyed with its Great American Bash pay-per-view event the year before, announced that the WWF would hold its own PPV card in August at Boston Garden.
The show, to be known as 'Summerslam', would feature as its main event a title defense by then-WWF world heavyweight champion Bob Backlund against an opponent to be named later.
On this day in 1996, Tom Brady pitched his first collegiate no-hitter, earning a 2-0 win against Bowling Green.
In 2005, Chelsea Perkins and her mother are assaulted by four young skinheads who target them because Mrs. Perkins is Hispanic. Chelsea is able to dispatch them with a little magic she had carried with her, but is unable to completely conceal her spell from her mother, who becomes quite frightened for - and of - her.
In 1996, Bartholomew Thompson meets his ancestor, Mikhail von Heflin, when the two attend the second day of Aggiecon, a science fiction convention in Texas. The Baron is there investigating a kidnapping; Thompson has fallen in love with the kidnappee. The two join forces to rescue her, and Thompson is given a glimpse of his destiny.
In 1957, Dr. Eliot Ross and adventurer Jake Robinson find Hitler's hidden tomb in the Antarctic just as the dark forces he had invoked at his death reanimate his hideous corpse. In the ensuing struggle, McMurdo Station is destroyed and Ross and Robinson are chased halfway around the world before they manage to send the Fuhrer back to the underworld with a spell they discover in Rome.
In 1940, Ralph Shephard, future leader of the right-wing Constitutionalist Party and President of the United States, was born in Oahu, Hawaii. Shephard made his political career by ridiculing American leaders to his left after the defeat of America in the Vietnam War. His rise to power through election as Speaker of the House, followed by the suspicious resignations of President Reagan and Vice-President Bush, gave him the trappings of electoral victory without ever having to have actually won a national election.
In 1889, future Austrian Human Leaguer Adolf Schicklegruber was born in Braunau, Austria. When the anti-Mlosh organization was revived following the ecological disasters at the turn of the century, young Schicklegruber joined the organization and proved one of its most enthusiastic recruiters. He was killed when a bomb he was helping to plant near a Mlosh day-care center went off accidentally in 1918.
In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria. Placed at the head of the German Underground by neo-Nazi time travelers from the future, he proved completely inept in strategy and was made a powerless figurehead in the 1930's. He continued in this position until his death in the 1980's, reveling in successes that he was never able to achieve through his own efforts.
In 1889, Adolf Schicklegruber was born in Braunau, Austria. Schicklegruber was at the forefront of post-Great War comics who lampooned the democracies that emerged in Central Europe. Although racist by today's standards, Schicklegruber was considered somewhat tame in his own time.
In 1972, Margaret Thatcher led a series of workshop sessions to conclude the Conference in Admiralty House. Her plan was breathtakingly simple. The Empire bankrupted us and now it was payback time. Britain would offer the new nations of the Commonwealth unlimited military assistance in return for highly preferential trading agreements. This had to be done swiftly, whilst the generation of dictators in power had links to Britain. Many had been educated at public schools and Universities and were thus approachable by 'old boys'. More importantly, it had to be done whilst British military forces were still strong enough to be credible. 'The toast', says Thatcher, ' the empire strikes back!' to loud cheers.
In 1998, Arthur Pendrake and his main force of Welsh troops advance within sight of London. They take over a small television station and Arthur broadcasts a message to the citizens of the capitol: 'People of London, I am Arthur Pendrake. I am the true King of all the Britons, and I am come to claim my crown. Today, I shall hold this fair city. I do not wish to harm my subjects, so I ask that those of you who are in the armed forces stand down when we advance. I shall not hold your service to the Windsors against you. Lay down your arms, and join me in restoring Britain to her former glory. You shall have a day to consider this offer.? Brigadier Major-General Charles Fortescue issues orders to shoot anyone who deserts to Arthur's side.
In 1968, the British Conservative Prime Minister Enoch Powell, has made a hard-hitting speech justifying the government's immigration policy. Addressing a Conservative association meeting in Birmingham, Mr Powell said Britain had been mad to allow in 50,000 dependents of immigrants each year. He compared it to watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. 'Like the Roman, I seem to see the river Tiber foaming with much blood' he said.
In 1889, German fascist leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria. Although his Nazi party came close to seizing power in the 1932 elections, he was never able to push them to majority status, and with President Hindenburg's surprise naming of Ernst Thaelmann as Chancellor, Hitler faded into obscurity.
In 1914, comrades in Ludlow, Colorado go perhaps a step too far when they kill the management and owners of the coal mines in the community. The local militia, mostly good communists, joined with the striking coal miners and slaughtered the mine's elite because of their refusal to agree to the reasonable requests of the miners. It set an example for other owners across the United States, and the local DA, a communist himself, refused to prosecute anyone for the murders.
In 2642 AUC the fanatical Germanic rabble-rouser Adolfus was born in the hinterlands of Germania. He spent most of his life dodging Roman justice as he attempted to resurrect a mythical German nation-state in the center of the Roman Republic. Although he had some followers and fellow-travelers, he was never anything more than a nuisance to the Republic.
In 1889, artist Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria. Hitler started a style he called Aryan Classical, which presented an idealized view of the German peasantry and past in its work. His personal charisma, rather than mediocre talent, made the style dominant in German art in the 30's and 40's.
In 1891, General Anthony Franklin appoints Major Mark Wainwright as his staff chief, and has him send a telegram back to Washington describing the loss in Topeka. 'Make sure they know we need more troops,? he tells Wainwright. The depressed major takes a couple of men to help him get through to the telegraph office; a smart move, as it turns out, because, as he is leaving, 'Sockless' Simpson's volunteers cross the border and begin taking over the Missouri side of Kansas City. Wainwright and his men fight their way back to the general, assemble the remainder of their troops, and flee the city. 'I will take that man,? General Franklin vows to Wainwright.
In 1917, Father Georgi Apollonovich Gapon confronted the master, Grigory Rasputin at the Yusopov Palace in a final, titantic struggle for the mastery of Russia. American journalist Stephen King described the scene, writing in his epic work 'Reds'.
Rasputins seized Tsarevich Alexei. 'What now? ' Father Gappon said. and his voice was not his own at all. He was looking at Rasputin's fingers, those long, sensitive fingers which lay against the boy's throat. There were small blue blotches on them. Softly, almost purring Rasputin said 'Then you will throw away your cross and face me on even terms-your faith against mine?'. Yes, Gapon said, but a trifle less firmly. 'Then do it'. Rasputin's full lips became pursed, anticipatory.
in 1953, the CIA mind control program had a change of name from Project Bluebird to Project MKUltra. Four of the most successful graduates of the program were Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan B. Sirhan, James Earl Ray and Yigal Amir, all of whom could remember absolutely nothing about the assassinations they had committed on John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Dr Martin Luther King and Yitzhak Rabin respectively.
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