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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian

May 30

On this day in 1973, as part of research for his book Jerusalem's Lot, author Stephen King interviewed the retired Maine state trooper who supervised the exhumation of the bodies of Charles Boone and Calvin McCann in 1950.

That same day he got a letter from a Seattle woman who indicated that she had evidence an offshoot of the demonic cult to which Philip Boone had once belonged might have been involved in the unexplained disappearance of society woman Ellen Rimbauer in 1948.

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In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt was the first American to head off to Spain to see the wondrous gadgets from the future that had settled the Spanish-American War. An Assiti Shards event caused the Spain of 1960 (with Portugal) to be swapped holus-bolus for Spain on the day of the USS Maine's explosion. The Spaniards rickety old ships were upgraded to the Spanish fleet of 1960 which was more than able to deal with the 1898-era US Navy. TR's interest was more than curiosity, he was determined to equip the Rough Riders with Me-109s and T-26s.

Ill-equipped Rough Riders
Ill-equipped Rough Riders - Massacre at San Juan Hill
Massacre at San Juan Hill
In the 43rd year of Mikhaol's reign, European forces laid siege to the capital city on the Central Continent. This would eventually drive Pharoah Mikhaol into exile on Harmakhis, and from this planet, he would plan his return to power.
In 2000, the unspeakable followers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named took up their residence on the burnt-out cinders of the earth.
In 1969, the construction began on the Hollywood set they used to fake the moon landing.
In 4579, Chao Sing-Lee, the first Star Sailor, achieved orbit and maintained it for 4 revolutions of the earth. Emperor Chengzu appointed Chao his Minister of the Stars upon his retirement from the Star Sailor program.
In 1981, the president of Bangladesh, Zia Rahman, escaped an assassination attempt in the south-eastern city of Chittagong. At 0430 local time rebels stormed a government guest house. A security officer who prevented Rahman from opening the door of his room to see what was happening outside was killed by sub-machine-gun bullets. Eight people are thought to have died in the shooting, including the security officer, an officer who was guarding the president and one of the attackers.
In 2000, the unspeakable followers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named took up their residence on the burnt-out cinders of the earth.
In 1990, President Dukakis of the US informed dictator Saddam Hussein of Iraq that the US would no longer be supplying him with weapons if he maintained his aggressive posture towards nations other than Iran. Republicans charged Dukakis with faithlessness towards America's allies. When Hussein killed hundreds of Kurds in northern Iraq to suppress a revolution there, though, President Dukakis had the international stature to lead the charge to take him down.
In 1969, the construction began on the Hollywood set they used to fake the moon landing. The crew were told they were working on a film called One Small Step, and most thought nothing of it. When set designer Harold Stork heard that phrase during Armstrong's 'walk on the moon,' he started talking and was quickly eliminated.
In 1900, nothing happened. Fnord.
In 1843, Karl Marx moved to America and began spreading his philosophy. He became such an influence that by 1855, the Republican Party had renamed itself the Communist Party, and won its first presidential election the next year with young candidate Walt Whitman leading the party.
In 1806, lawyer Charles Dickinson shoots and kills former Tennessee Senator Andrew Jackson in a duel in Logan County, Kentucky. Dickinson had called Jackson's wife a bigamist, and the notoriously hot-tempered Jackson had demanded satisfaction on the field of honor. The death of the Senator moved Kentuckians to declare dueling illegal, as had Jackson's home state.


May 29

In 1967, friends and colleagues of John Kennedy throw a fiftieth birthday party for him at the White House but the joyous Irish music and dancing fails to cover-up what is in truth something of a muted affair.

Camelot without Guinevere lacks sparkleThe shine had started to come off the Administration with his father's stroke, and even though the patriarch was present in person, he was hardly there in spirit being rather close to the end. And of course the celebrity sparkle of the First Lady had been missing ever since Dallas. Now that the President's health problems had gotten progressively worse there was a question mark whether he would even live to see an American land on the Moon.

For the guests it felt more like an end than a beginning. And so a tinge of sadness had replaced the optimism and confidence of the early days of the Administration. But of course if there was an element of wasted opportunity then that was Kennedy's own damned fault for getting caught with a hooker in his hotel room. His wife had packed her bags and stormed off to the East Coast, playing havoc with their scheduled tour of Dallas.

In 1919, on this otherwise unremarkable day Pte. Henry Teitelbaum was discharged from the Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards). But the very next day he re-enlisted in the West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington's Regiment) and later shipped out to the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic where he perished in the ill-fated defence of Tbilisi.

The Life of Happy Hitler Artist is saved by a Jewish Soldier in the "Deliverance at Marcoing"Unmarried, without children and an orphan he had served not only with distinction but also a level of emotional detachment bordering on brutal single-mindedness. One of Britain's most highly decorated infantrymen, he had enlisted before the war as a professional soldier. For sure absolutely no mercy had been shown by Teitelbaum either with the gun, the bomb, or if necessary, the bayonet. Yet there was one occasion where his inherent human decency was revealed. At the Battle of Marcoing he casually recorded under the "scores" in his diary a little note to self that "I took aim but couldn't shoot a wounded man, so I carried him to safety".

As Teitelbaum shipped out to find his death in the near East, that wounded man, a Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler was checking out of a British POW Field Hospital. Suffering from amnesia, he had no recollection of the recent conflict, let alone his earlier years on the mean streets of Vienna where his personal failures and disappointments had fuelled a resentment that grew into virulent anti-semitism. And so when he was discharged, he had to reconstruct a new purpose to his entire life as a whole person; but so much was broken that perhaps the defeated country that he returned to would have been unrecognisable even without the amnesia.

He unconsciously returned to dabbling in art, and some years later viewed the canvass Marcoing after Conservation by the Italian painter Fortunino Matania. Recognizing himself instantly, he purposefully set about tracing the brave man who had saved his life. Inevitably this accidental discovery began a long investigative process of many long years but eventually he found himself in a boarding house in Coventry holding the diary of a brave Jewish soldier by the name of Henry Teitelbaum. And sure enough on the page marked Sep 28, 1918 he finally found the tell-tale entry "I took aim but couldn't shoot a wounded man, so I carried him to safety.".. Standing in the doorway watching this emotional scene was Teitelbaum's nephew, William Whateley and it was to him that Hitler addressed his own tearful recollection "That man [your Uncle] came so close to killing me in 1918 that I thought I should never see Germany again". Because as the great man famously once said, Something had been missing in this harsh world, and that was love.

Author's Note: in this cross-over post with Greater Syria and Happy Hitler Artist's Masterpiece: The Deliverance at Marcoing we explore a suggestion of Jackie Rose and also the ideas of Robbie Taylor. In reality his real name was Henry Tandey and he was the British Soldier that allegedly spared the life of an injured Adolf Hitler. Hitler recognized Tandey in the painting, not himself. And Tandey was in Coventry wracked by guilt as the German Airforce bombed the city. He attempted to re-enlist in 1940 to get a second chance to kill Hitler but was denied due to his war-time injuries.

In 1886, on this day the twelfth President of the United States Winfield Scott died in West Point, New York. He was seventy-eight year old.

Death of "Old Fuss and Feathers"Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" many historians rate him the ablest American commander of his time leading to his appointment as Commanding General of the United States Army in 1841. Seven years later, he ran for Union President as a Whig Candidate, but ultimately he was unable to carry his heroic military reputation into political leadership.

During Scott's first term in the White House, his counterpart the Texan President Mirabeau Lamar delivered his famous "Empire Texas" speech which gave a small marginal victory to remain a Republic. The border disputes that soon arose directly led to the Mexican-Texan War (1847-1849) from which emerged the powerful independent republics of Texas and California. The war transformed the balance of power on the West Coast effectively ending the United States aspiration for "manifest destiny" of a continental power stretching from "sea to shining sea". And worse, Britain and France became natural partners for the new states who now sought financial support for the dispensation of their crippling war debts.

Needless to say, this shatteringly disappointing outcome was a massive setback for Scott. Losing support from many Whigs because of his perceived "coddling the Texan Republic" many Anti Scott supporters turned to Daniel Webster for the Whig nomination in 1852. Shortly after he left office, the United States suffered the ignominy of losing the race to open Japan when Californian Commodore Robert F. Stockton's CRS Sonoma sailed into the port city of Edo beating US Commodore Matthew Perry in the competitive journey to open the far eastern nation to Western trade. Within less than a decade, US expansion was off the national agenda, and the focus narrowed to national preservation of territorial integrity with the southern states now looking to the West Coast powers for their support in seceding from the Union.

In 1955, on this day would-be Presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Shot down like a dog by White House bodyguards outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Charlton Heston (pictured) barked orders to Secret Service Special Agent in charge Jerry Parr to "pry the gun from his cold, dead hands" [1]. An installation of the 49th State thread.

From My Cold, Dead HandsReported on all major news channels it immediately entered the political lexicon. Trouble was though, over the last decade Heston had become increasingly pro-gun lobby and had entered the White House as a resolute advocate of the Second Amendment.

Of course under the surface, the debate was really about Civil Rights. However this was another thorny issue from the past because the President's political activism had started in the 1960s when he had accompanied fellow entertainers on the march on Washington. But America and the Democrat Party had changed, and he began a long journey towards the right wing. However the Hinckley killing changed everything, very soon he would be put under pressure to approve the Brady Law [2], instituting federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States. This piece of legislation was named after his press secretary James Brady who had been paralyzed in the shooting.

In 1955, on this day Presidential assassin John Warnock Hinckley Jr. was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Rawhide goes out like a CowboyOn March 30, 1981, at 2:25 p.m. local time,he shot a .22 caliber Röhm RG-14 revolver six times at President Reagan as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., after addressing an AFL-CIO conference. Hinckley wounded police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and critically wounded press secretary James Brady. Although he did not hit Reagan directly, a bullet ricocheted off the side of the presidential limousine and hit him in the chest. "Rawhide" (the codename for Reagan) was swept away by the agents in the "Stagecoach" limousine with blood frothing from his mouth. Reagan believed his lip was cut but Secret Service Special Agent in charge Jerry Parr realizing that his lung had been punctured by a broken rib and chose to re-route to the nearest medical facilities, an unsecure hospital code-name "Crown" (George Washington University Hospital). But he was already dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, Hinckley did not attempt to flee and was arrested at the scene. And within hours, George H.W. Bush was sworn in, just sixty-nine days after taking office as Vice President. However the mechanism of planned succession entered into immediate difficulties when it emerged that Neil Bush (George's Son) and Scott Hinckley (John's Brother) were planning to meet for dinner the very night it happened. The period of national mourning was completely transformed from sorrow into anger by the profoundly shocking relevation that Hinckley's family moved in the same circles as the Bush family. With the outward appearance of a coup d'etat, it was a scenario unforeseen by the Constitution, with many neutrals arguing that Speaker of the House Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr should serve as Acting President at least until the Hinckley-Bush connection was fully investigated. Whilst this drama unfolded, others considered the more long-term consequences for gun control in the United States.

In 1453, following the resettlement of the Italian Peninsula the City of Nova Roma was officially reverted back to Byzantium, itself a Latinization of the original Greek name Byzantion.

Reversion of ByzantiumAlthough founded by Byzas from Megara in 657 B.C., events really began to take shape in 196 A.D. when the Roman General Septimus Severus occupied the city. After ascending to the throne, he rebuilt the city and it prospered once again. Meanwhile, developments in Western Europe were going in the other way. Roman Emperor Aurelian was about to launch a campaign to retake the Gallic Empire when an inexplicable darkening of the day sky began in Western Europe.

Over several years, the hours of daylight steadily reduced, and agriculture began to fail. Fortunately, Aurelian successfully organized a mass eastward decantment and when this was completed, Byzantium was designated the official capital of the Roman Empire. Centuries passed and despite efforts to preserve this territory as a Roman-Empire-in-the-East, it soon took on many of the attributes of an Eastern Roman Empire. Because the Italian Peninsula contained the resources that had sustained the elite, and more than that, the new capital was still imbued with a pervasive Greek influence that drove out the Roman homogeneity. By the time that Western Europe was inhabitable once again, the imperium was for all intents and purposes a Second Greek Empire. A future split between East and West Roman Empires seemed inevitable.

It is 1850, and Henry Ward Beecher (pictured) has been accused of adultery. Since he is a prominent Congregationalist minister and active abolitionist, the scandal soon taints the entire anti-slavery movement.

Scandal shuts down Uncle Tom's CabinHis sister Harriet had been planning to write an anti-slavery novel, which she tentatively titled "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Fearing to share her brother's public shame, she retreats into private life. She is never heard from again, and the uproar over her brother's behavior causes the entire anti-slavery movement to collapse.

In 1917, on this day the celebrated Irish American actor John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy" was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. After his war-time service in the Navy, he sought fame and fortune in Hollywood. Jack's domineering father Joseph, Sr. had no objections, because he was too busy guiding the political career of oldest son, Joe, Jr., who had become a hero during World War II.

Starring Jack KennedyOf course most of us remember Jack Kennedy for his supporting role as Red Grant, the sexy but sinister Irish gunman who tries to kill James Bond in From Russia With Love. Indeed, who can forget that dazzling grin as he shook his shock of unruly red hair and said, "I won't kill you until you .. uh .. crawl over heah and kiss my foot". Of course, his long marriage to Marilyn Monroe added to his appeal.

But we should also recall all the starring parts that followed his dazzling debut, playing IRA men in movies like A Prayer for the Dying, Touch the Devil, Patriot Games and the film that won him his Academy Award, Shadow of a Gunman. One might argue that he eventually started seeming a bit too old for all those action scenes, and he certainly did become type cast .. but we must all agree that he was a terrific type at that. So now on his 95th birthday, we can only say, once again, "Up our Favorite Movie Rebel!".

In 1453, on this date, according to the Julian Calendar, the Tenth Crusade, led by united Christian forces directly under Pope Nicholas V gathered from a wide alliance of Venetian, German, and Genoese troops, broke the Ottoman siege at Constantinople.

Constantinople Siege RaisedIt would serve as the crowning moment of Nicholas' impressive eight-year term as pope and herald a new age of military security in Christendom from outside threats. Dubbed the time of the "Third Rome", the triumph would mean the end of the Byzantine period and domination over the European Muslims.

Constantinople grew up from the humble Greek town of Byzantium when Emperor Constantine decided to shift his capital in 330 to escape Roman factions and intrigue as well as establishing quick connection to frontiers where barbarian threats could arise. The Byzantine Empire continued even after the fall of Rome to German invasion and grew wealthy by controlling the key point of trade between the West and East as well as the Bosporus, the only shipping route from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Despite centuries of decline since the golden age of Justinian where the Byzantines dominated an empire almost as large as Rome's had been, Constantinople continued to hang on as a crucial lynchpin of world trade and civilization.

Meanwhile, the world changed around stagnant Constantinople. The Orthodox Church broke with the western Rome due to differences such as the veneration of icons and, especially, attacks such as the sacking of the Church of Holy Wisdom in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade. The Byzantines lost control of Anatolia, which broke into various principalities, one of which was ruled by Osman I in 1299, who held a vision of an empire as a tree with roots spreading through three continents and leaves blotting out the sky. He defeated the Byzantines at Bapheus in 1302, which was the first display of the quick expansion of the Ottomans through Anatolia and then, under Mehmed I, into the Balkans (1413-1421). Though the growing Ottoman Empire was just a few miles from Constantinople, it would be more than a century before they could muster enough force to conquer the city, merely demand tribute. Upon taking the Ottoman throne in 1451 at age nineteen, Mehmed II immediately set upon building up his navy and preparing to take Constantinople. He finally arranged a force estimated at around 100,000 soldiers with some 320 ships and established a blockade and siege in April of 1453.

Appeals from Constantinople did not go unheard, however. Pope Nicholas V began to call for a crusade for the liberation of the Bosporus from the Ottomans. No king seemed willing to head the expedition, and so Nicholas volunteered himself, using unprecedented powers hinted at in the declarations of Papal supremacy in the Council of Constance in 1418. He still needed armies, which he could gather freely as the Western Schism finally ended with the resignation of Antipope Felix V in 1449. While he would gather great support from Spain, France, and the Italian States, his greatest ally came as Frederick III, King of Germany, whom he crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1450, on the condition that he aid in the pope's new crusade.

Just as the citizens of Constantinople were beginning to give up hope while seeing visions mysterious fogs darkened the city, a total lunar eclipse passed, and St. Elmo's fire was seen above the Church of Holy Wisdom, the Papal forces arrived. Winning the battle at sea, the crusaders cut off the Ottoman forces, who were in the midst of a final assault on Constantinople. The defenders held part of the city, and the Ottomans attempted to use defenses they had seized against the papal army. Eventually the Ottomans would be overwhelmed, and young Mehmed II would be killed in the fighting, which would rage for months to come as the crusaders stormed the rest of the Ottoman territories.

Rather than set the Byzantines up again, the territories were divided among the conquerors. Venice and Genoa received their outlying islands and sections of Greece while Frederick's empire expanded over much of the Balkans. Pope Nicholas would die in 1455, but he began the healing of the rift between Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy, which would be completed in a series of councils loosening strict dogma on political grounds. Nicholas's interest in humanism and the arts would be embraced, widening the Renaissance and establishing a new era of hierarchical unity through the Church, accepting reforms proposed out of Germany through men such as Luther and Calvin.

However, Nicholas's humanism would be notably prejudice in the religious superiority of Christendom. His expansion of slavery against "Saracens, Pagans and other enemies of Christ wherever they may be found" in the 1452 papal bull was meant originally to encourage conquest by Portuguese in Africa, but the rest of Christendom would seize the opportunity. A new world superpower increasingly centralized through the Holy Roman Empire and Holy League would sweep through the Middle East and North Africa in further crusades, wantonly conquering and eliminating other cultures for centuries until Enlightenment ideals of separating church and state sparked mass revolt.

In 1941, on this day in Philadelphia, the governing body of the USA, the Congress of the Confederation was pleased to welcome the elected representatives of the newly incorporated state of Jefferson.

We, the States..Located on the Pacific Coast, the territory was formed from the contiguous and mostly rural area of Southern Oregon and Northern California, where several attempts to secede from Oregon and California, respectively, had taken place in order to gain own statehood.

Indeed, it was the willingness of the Confederation to respond flexibly to the re-organisation of territories that was key to the survival of the United States since 1776. Having shot down the faulty logic of the Federalists who attempted to hijack the Philadelphia Convention, it was a primary goal for the American leadership to faciltate territory realignment to ensure that the States were economically and socially viable. And the recognition of that success was surely the naming of the State after Thomas Jefferson, who alongside Patrick Henry, had done most to frustrate the nightmarish vision of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton who desired the emergence of a consolidated Federal Government that would crush States Rights.

In 1866, U.S. President Winfield Scott (pictured) dies, two weeks short of his eightieth birthday, having served in the White House longer than any of his predecessors. Scott's presidency has spanned a turbulent period in American history, beginning in the middle of the U.S.-British war of 1837-'39 and extending through the western expansion which in the 1830s and 1840s brought the USA into conflict with Mexico and the growing sectional strife over the issue of slavery.

President Winfield Scott makes way for an older man by Eric LippsIncredibly, the man who will take his place is even older. Vice-President William Henry Harrison, the compromise candidate selected by Congress as Scott's No. 2 in the brokered election of 1837, is now 93 years old, having been born just before the start of the American Revolution. Yet under the terms of the Constitution, Harrison will serve as acting President until Congress can choose a new lifetime successor to Scott.

And Harrison is not well. Confined to a wheelchair for the past two years, he has grown increasingly forgetful and erratic, prone to outbursts of temper and wild accusations that "enemies of the nation" are plotting against him.

Unfortunately, he is not altogether incorrect. President Scott had managed to hold the United States together despite the growing strife between North and South, but the nation is seething with political conspiracies, both pro-and anti-slavery. The Knights of the Golden Circle, a shadowy group organized in 1860, is rumored to be amassing arms for an attempt at establishing a breakaway Southern confederacy dedicated to slavery, while in the Southwest, Spanish-speaking militants are actively calling for the territories taken from Mexico in years past to rejoin that nation.

On this day in 1940, Wehrmacht panzer commander Erwin Rommel, a veteran of the previous autumn's Polish campaign, was killed when RAF fighters strafed his command car while he was leading a relief force to break besieged German troops out of a cul-de-sace near the town of Maaseik.

 - Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
In 1887, the Eddie got its first competitor, in the form of the French Pascal Difference Engine. The PDE was a full ton lighter than the Eddie, a valuable selling point, as many buildings had to be reinforced before an Eddie could be placed in them. This hidden cost of owning an Eddie had made sales slower than they might have been, and spurred Edison to drive his engineers to work on miniaturizing the Eddie.

In 1979, Mohammed Khan's 'Free Afghan Army' begins receiving U.S. arms and other supplies, smuggled in through Pakistan with the acquiescence of that country's military ruler, General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq.

Efforts to conceal U.S. support for the Afghan rebels are deliberately half-hearted. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger intends the Soviets to get the message that the U.S. will not passively accept Communist control of Afghanistan.

 - Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
In 1917, gangster Jackie Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Son of the notorious rum-runner Joey Kennedy, Jackie parlayed his father's reputation into a larger empire in the Boston area, running a variety of illegal activities in Beantown. His life of crime ended in 1963 when a feud with his brother Bobby ended in gunplay.
In 2004, Marjorie Adams and 3 young friends of hers from the UCLA computer sciences department break into the Smartnet node at the college and begin snooping around. One of them, Cindy Berenson, finds a hidden file labeled Emergency Instructions and burns it to CD just before the group has to flee the room because of a security guard on the way. They promise to meet up at Adams? place later the next evening to examine what they have found.
In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve, known for his action hero roles in such films as Superman and Rambo, survived a nasty fall from his horse during a polo match. The athletically gifted Reeve used a move a stuntman in Rambo had taught him to twist during the fall to keep from landing on his head, avoiding injury.
Douglas MacArthur

"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder--infinitely prouder--to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, Our Father who art in heaven". ~ Douglas MacArthur

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Before deploying super-weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Bacteriological weapons from Unit 731 had been surrendered to MacArthur in 1945 to secure the amnesty of the Japanese scientists against trial for the extermination of 200,000 Chinese citizens during World War II. These were used alongside the hydrogen bomb in order to re-unite the Peninsula and retain American hegemony over south-east Asia.

In 4649, Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay reaches the summit of Chomo-Lungma, the tallest mountain in the world. As the first man in recorded history to climb the 'Mother-Goddess', Tenzing was honored across the Chinese Empire, and was even granted an audience with the Emperor, himself. Tenzing later founded a climbing school in his native Nepal and helped others reach the top of Chomo-Lungma, too.
In 1947, the US government declared the war with Germany over, admitting defeat on that front, and concentrated its forces against the Japanese advance. Canadian forces surrendered to the Japanese army in Alaska, and the British government-in-exile began preparations for moving to America. A dark pall covered the world as opposition to the Axis powers was now without hope.

"[To Earl Warren] Well, you won't see me again. I tell you that a whole new form of government is going to take over the country, and I know I won't live to see you another time" ~ Jack Ruby

After he had ushered in a whole new system of government by preventing Lee Harvey Oswald from demonstrating his innocence, which would have revealed the CIA plot to kill Kennedy.

Jack Ruby
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In 1999, Doctor Archibald Mordred, the psychiatrist that King Arthur II is seeing at the behest of his queen, prescribes an experimental drug to His Majesty. 'I believe that you suffer from a small chemical imbalance, sire,' the young doctor says to Arthur. 'With this new drug, you will again have the confidence that led you to the throne in the first place. You will have the clear vision that will lead Great Britain to its rightful place as first among nations.' King Arthur, wary of medications after many years of Merl's admonitions against them, completely changes his mind after the first dose of the Brightol that Dr. Mordred gives him. He really does feel more his old self, and throws himself into the war and the task of governing his kingdom as if he were a man ten years younger.
In 1891, 25,000 Union solders strike out from Concordia, Kansas in the direction of Topeka. General Theodore Monteith is at the head of the massive column of men, and he and his right-hand man, newly-promoted Lt. Colonel Mark Wainwright, have a sense of the inevitability of their final victory. Unfortunately for them, almost 50,000 Kansan volunteers are making their way towards Topeka, too, in a race to save the leaders of their rebellion from defeat.

In 1970, a revised and expanded version of the Johnson-era military plan Operation Noah's Ark, rechristened Operation Linebacker, is launched in Southeast Asia. Key dikes along the Red River are heavily bombed from high altitude with powerful conventional explosives. President Nixon had considered using nuclear weapons, but had been persuaded that doing so would invite nuclear reprisals from China against South Vietnam and run the risk of a broader nuclear war.

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The non-nuclear bombardment proves to be more than destructive enough. Saturation bombardment makes up for the difficulty of precisely targeting particularly vulnerable points. Flooding of rice paddies disrupts the food supply. The deliberate wrecking of roads and rail lines constructed in proximity to the dikes disrupts the North Vietnamese transportation network, worsening food shortages by hindering delivery of food to the cities from the countryside.

The North Vietnamese had attempted to protect the dike system by mounting anti-aircraft radars, surface-to-air missiles and artillery atop the dikes. However, the U.S. bombers involved operate largely unhindered.

In 2000, the earth was scoured of all native life by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
In 1947, the US government declared the war with Germany over, admitting defeat on that front, and concentrated its forces against the Japanese advance. Canadian forces surrendered to the Japanese army in Alaska, and the British government-in-exile began preparations for moving to America.
In 1776, the Mlosh colony in Australia renamed it Ml'Astra and declared their independence from both Great Britain and the main Mlosh population. The aboriginal population of Ml'Astra embraced the Mlosh as liberators in ways that most other human populations never did, partially due to the horrors the British had visited on them.
Mg 9867, eyr ryya liet mnast kell morissia donto ki quierrecho. Iteyo manda ni calla por stirr'ya. Rak bin Rak masto ni kell simpa.
In 1600, Francis Bacon's play Hamlet premiered at the Globe Theater in London. The Bard of the Thames had dropped his nom de plume of William Shakespeare the year before.
In 1224, Pope Richard I of the Holy British Empire, (popularly known as Bloody Rich), died of an infection suffered when an arrow struck him in the chest in an assassination attempt. In his last words before his death at the hand of Papal Guards, the assassin proclaimed himself a protester against the cruelties of the Church; this spawned the anti-Church movement known as 'Protestantism'.
In 323 BC, Megas Alexandros retired after a bath due to severe exhaustion, excusing himself from heavy drinking at a banquet organized by his friend Medius of Larissa. Thirty years later, Alexandros turns his attention to the West, determining that Italy must benefit from the combination of Greek, Middle Eastern and Indian culture in the Hellenistic Age. The Roman Empire is extinguished in its infancy.
In 4649, Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay reaches the summit of Chomo-Lungma, the tallest mountain in the world. As the first man in recorded history to climb the 'Mother-Goddess', Tenzing was honored across the Chinese Empire, and was even granted an audience with the Emperor, himself. Tenzing later founded a climbing school in his native Nepal and helped others reach the top of Chomo-Lungma, too.
In 1600, Francis Bacon's play Hamlet premiered at the Globe Theater in London. The Bard of the Thames had dropped his nom de plume of William Shakespeare the year before, after a falling out with the actor who was playing his 'front'. With the pretense out of the way, Bacon felt free to explore his writing even further.
In 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. A strong candiate for the 1960 election, the Kennedy-Daley chicanery in Chicago went wrong gifting the presidency to Richard Nixon.Heavy Metal' (1992) is utterly fascinating: a campaign-weary JFK finally shakes off the astonishing oppressiveness of his elders (men like his own father, or J. Edgar Hoover) and tells Mayor Daley where he can go. This costs him the 1960 election (Illinois goes Republican) but saves his soul. ~ SciFi.com Review
In 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in County Wexford, Ireland. His great parents had considered coming to America in the mid 1840s to flee the Irish famine. It was a momentous decision for the great nation of Ireland, because 'JFK' was considered the greatest Taoiseach of the twentieth century.
In 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. A cameo of 'JFK' was described in 'The Two Georges' with a sleazy Irish newspaper proprietor conspiring with the republican 'Sons of Liberty' to expel the British from the North American Union.
In 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Winning the 1960 election by a wafer thin margin, expectations were unrealistically high for the relatively inexperienced Kennedy. However during the course of the next year, he would transform America with brilliant crisis management skills that found imaginative solutions to the wide and various problems of the sixties.


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