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January 14

In 3,561,299,401 BCE, several amino acids failed to form into life-promoting proteins on the 3rd planet from a small sun in the western galactic arm. The planet was ripe for kregaforming when the Kregalians of Sorga 4 found it in 1307 CE, though.


January 18
In 1977, NASA complete the impact analysis for the delay Space Shuttle program. Columbia (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-102) would be the first spaceworthy space shuttle in NASA's orbital fleet, and its first mission, STS-1, was reprogrammed for quarter two, 1981. Trouble was SkyLab had entered a dangerous orbit. If no further action was taken, SkyLab would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime in 1979 and almost certainly break up on entry. The plan works and SkyLab is shifted into a higher orbit. But the 1982 mission from the Shuttle is a disaster and the Soviet Union has to rescue the American astronauts. Their success sets a precedent that was established with Apollo-Soyuz, and the the two nations merge their Space programs.


January 19
In 1840, Captain Charles Wilkes attempts to circumnavigate Antarctica to claim so-called Wilkes Land for the United States. The southern lights known as the aurora australis terrorize the mission as powerful magicks force Wilkes to turn back and abandon the mission.


February 2
In 1887, a Pennsylvanian farmer notices that a groundhog on his property makes a brief appearance outside his hole. The groundhog sees his shadow, and hides back in his burrow. When 6 weeks of winter follow, the farmer, Josiah Cotton, watches that groundhog the next year. When the groundhog is wrong the following year, Mr. Cotton kills the furry little beast and turns him into a hat.


February 6
In 1836, the HMS Beagle, a survey ship bound for South America, hit bad weather off the coast of Tasmania and sank with all hands. Deacon Charles Darwin, a naturalist who accompanied the voyage to examine native wildlife of the southern hemisphere, was lost along with the sailors.


February 22
In 1998, the deadliest series of tornadoes in Florida's history provides the impetus for Vice-President Al Gore to begin a study of climate change. Already an environmentalist, Gore was alarmed at the massive changes in the climate that many scientists were predicting could soon become irreversible. He runs for the presidency with a passion and urgency that moves the nation, and sweeps in a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to aid him in his work. The Senate is split evenly, so his vice-president, Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, is more important than any VP in decades. With Gore's skills and commitment, the warming of the earth was slowed, and Wellstone continued his former boss' work when he was elected president in 2008.


February 29
Agadir

In 1960, on this day BBC News reported - A huge earthquake has devastated the southern Moroccan city of Agadir killing thousands. A major operation is now underway to rescue scores of people, including many tourists, still trapped under the rubble. Most of the 'new town' area of Agadir has been completely destroyed and the heavily populated Talborit quarter is believed to have been the hardest hit. The number of dead currently stands at more than 1,000 although some have suggested the toll could rise to as many as 20,000. The earthquake, which measured 6.7 on the Richter scale, hit the city at 2339 hrs (local time) tonight.

Agadir - Earthquake
Earthquake

Fifty years after the Tunguska Impact Event, the embedded singularity was still creating havoc for the Earth's tectonic plates.



March 1

In 2007, the US and neighboring countries were plunged into darkness.

The crisis is a nearly identical repetition of May 19, 1780 - dubbed New England's Dark Day, - when an unusual darkening of the day sky was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada. The darkness was so complete that candles were required from noon until midnight and did not disperse until the middle of the next night. Many have blamed the genocide of First Nation peoples for the catastrophes that have befallen the American people, asking if a nation so created, can long endure.

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April 2
In 1513, Ponce de Leon, conquistador of Spain, found the fabled Fountain of Youth in an area he called Florida in North America. Unfortunately, he was killed when he fell from a cliff trying to escape natives driving him from the site. His body, when it was found, looked like he was 20 years old.


March 26

In 1997, thirty-eight group members of the Heaven's Gate cult, plus Applewhite, the group's leader, were found dead in a rented mansion in the upscale San Diego community of Rancho Santa Fe, California. The thirty-nine suicides were the first of millions as the comet Hale-Bopp approached earth. Historically, comets were notable for inciting a degree of panic - but this time, there was good reason to worry. In November 1996, amateur astronomer Chuck Shramek of Houston, Texas took a CCD image of the comet, which showed a fuzzy, slightly elongated object nearby. When his computer sky-viewing program did not identify the star, Shramek called the Art Bell radio program to announce that he had discovered a Saturn-like object following Hale-Bopp.

 - Heaven
Heaven's Gate

UFO enthusiasts, such as remote viewing proponent Courtney Brown, soon concluded that there was an alien spacecraft following the comet. Rumours that the comet was being followed by an alien spacecraft gained remarkable currency, and the cult's mass suicide shortly followed by global panic.



August 4
In 2093, the United Nations Commission for the Survival of Life on Earth (UNCSLE) abandons the practice of cryopreserving endangered species for future generations. Energies are re-directed at ensuring that there will be future generations at all.


September 6
In 2000, Nicargauan farmer Jose Luis Talavera shot and killed a chupacabra as it attacked his own flock of goats. This rare vampire-like creature slays livestock by sucking out their blood.


September 7
In 2000, Dr Carlos Alberto Gomez of the University of Nicaragua confirmed that the creature shot by Nicargauan farmer Jose Luis Talavera was a chupacabra. 'The animal that was discovered in that rural zone was different from a mere dog,' reported Gomez, 'Its teeth were rose-coloured and it reared up on its hind legs to suck the blood from at least 120 sheep.' This rare vampire-like creature slays livestock by sucking out their blood.


September 8
In 2000, Edmundo Torres, of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua gave his opinion on the creature shot by Nicargauan farmer Jose Luis Talavera. 'It's not a dog, can't be - without any room for doubt,' he said. Identifying the creature as a chupacabra. This rare vampire-like creature slays livestock by sucking out their blood.


September 9
In 2000, protestant preacher Francisco Ortiz said the increasing activities of the chupacabra was a 'wake-up call' heralding the end of the world. For centuries, Central Americans have spoken of a mysterious and terrible vampire-like creature that roams the countryside, slaying livestock by sucking out their blood. The chupacabra creatures are said to attack their victims at night, leaving a trail of carcasses with their throats torn out. These remains are said to be of a chupacabra Despite the stories, and many people's unshakeable belief in the chupacabras, nobody has ever been able to find any material evidence - until now.


October 10

In 1957, the graphite core of a British nuclear reactor at Windscale, Cumbria, caught fire.

The event, known as the Windscale Catastrophe, is considered the world's worst reactor accident. Tom Tuohy, the deputy general manager at the site, led the team faced with dealing with a nightmare no-one had thought possible - an unprecedented nuclear tragedy.

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Tuohy and his men were confronted by a terrifying dilemma. If they let the fire burn out, it could spread radioactivity over a large area of Britain. But if they put water on the reactor, they risked turning it into a nuclear bomb that could kill them all. Tuohy phoned the general manager and said, 'look, I want to turn on the water. If it goes up, we will all go with it'. Tuohy was absolutely right.



April 5
In 1859, John Murray receives the first 3 chapters of a natural history book from an English deacon. The book attempts to lay out a method for the new theory of evolution to produce new species, a method the deacon refers to as natural selection. Murray rejects the book, telling the deacon to work on his proof.


April 13
In 1896, the announcement that gold has been discovered in Alaska is greeted less than enthusiastically by Americans who have been burned by one gold-rush rumor after another. So few people actually go to Alaska for the gold that its vast reserves remain untapped until the 1950's.


April 14
In 1912, on this day RMS Titanic received a distress signal from her sister ship the RMS Olympic. Matters were a little confused, shall we say. Her owners, the White Star Line was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. The original Olympic had collided with a British Warship HMS Hawke on September 20, 1911 and was severely damaged; repairs at the Harland & Wolff shipyard were prohibitively expensive. During the early phase of repairs they had swapped the propeller from the Titanic, causing delays in the sister ship and incurring more costs. This small cheat led to a bigger cheat as is the nature of such things. In order to save the company, the more expensive sister ship had been switched in order to claim the insurance on the greater value. Trouble was, they would have to sink the re badged Olympic to make good the loss.


January 11

In 1977, Bruce M. Heezen and Marie Tharp mapped the Earth and World Ocean Floor, illustrating their recently-discovered ~65,000 kilometers (~40,000 miles) of midocean ridges (MOR) that almost completely encircle the planet.

This compelling evidence that as recently as ~200 Ma the planet was only ~60% of its present diameter, and that today's oceans, and the waters in them, did not exist on the planet came as a shock to most earth scientists.

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The Expanding Earth Theory is now generally accepted by the scientific community, and the Kant-Laplace nebular hypothesis of the Solar System and Earth's rapid creation as molten bodies ~4.5 billion years ago discredited. The Earth is gradually increasing in size--one layer at a time--by constant accretion of mass from outer space--a process called accreation (creation by accretion).



January 11
In 1519, Spanish explorer Cortes saw the strange fruit known as momochitl among the Aztecs and tasted it. A kind of heated maize, the momochitl lacked the flavor and sweetness of the maize, and Cortes could understand why the Aztecs mainly used it as decoration. After European control of the Americas was secured, momochitl was never cultivated again, and its small white kernels no longer decorated the heads of Aztec women.


January 11
In 2092, the United Nations Commission for the Survival of Life on Earth (UNCSLE) confirms the extinction of avian species in the northern hemisphere.


June 4
In 2003, NASA detects movement in the Cydonia region of Mars as the Martian natives begin to rise from their centuries-long sleep. The first of many hostile ships is launched from the surface of the planet towards Earth.


July 2
In 1947, a small glowing disk lands into the desert outside of the small town of Roswell, New Mexico. The occupants make their way to Alamagordo, then they report back to the Congress of Worlds.


September 12
In 2007, a Canadian walking in a small Northwest Territories community stumbled across what paleontologists believe could be the carcass of a steppe bison that roamed before the last Ice Age. The remains of the beast were uncovered in the permafrost near an eroding cliff, said Shane Van Loon, who first came across the pre-historic find last week while walking along the riverbank in Tsiigehtchic, about 230 kilometres south of Tuktoyaktuk. Scientists said the find could provide information about how the animals lived and why they became extinct. 'It can tell us so much more about how those bison lived and why they lived and what they were doing on the ancient landscape,' Zazula said. 'We are working on the over-farming theory, although another hypothesis is traumatic change brought about when the Race quit Earth unexpectedly 20,000 years ago.


November 11

In 1957, NASA Administrator T. Keith Glennan and rocket expert Wernher von Braun are summoned to the White House by President Eisenhower and questioned as to the feasibility of developing anti-ballistic missile technology to counter Soviet ICBM's, now that the launch of Sputnik has confirmed that the USSR has the technology to build intercontinental missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons to the United States. Both men express skepticism, Glennan observing that the only obvious method would be via an interceptor rocket, a technique he compares to 'hitting a bullet with a bullet.'

 - Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke

Also present, however, is physicist Edward Teller, popularly (and not quite accurately) described as 'the father of the H-bomb.' Teller insists that ABM technology can and must be developed. 'If it is not,' he warns, 'the Soviets will soon be able to smash America to her knees with a barrage of intercontinental missiles in a Pearl Harbor-style attack, and then move in and conquer what remains of this nation.? In a private conversation later with his former Manhattan Project colleague Isidor I. Rabi, Teller goes further, claiming that if ABM technology is not developed immediately, he expects to be a prisoner in a Soviet concentration camp in a Communist America within five years. Rabi, who has become accustomed to such hyperbole from the militantly anti-Communist Teller, says nothing, but will recount the incident decades later in a television interview.

Eisenhower finds Teller's argument - and in particular his evocation of Pearl Harbor - persuasive, and directs that NASA devote itself to ABM development. Glennan's objection that this is an inappropriate mission for a supposedly civilian agency is brushed aside.

After the meeting, however, Eisenhower decides he cannot trust the obviously reluctant Dr. Glennan to devote himself wholeheartedly to the ABM project. In a telephone call to Secretary of Defense Neil H. McElroy, he directs that the Defense Department launch its own ABM program, which is to be kept as separate as possible from that of NASA, ostensibly to avoid 'bureaucratic conflicts' but actually to keep Glennan's attitude from spreading to the military project.



November 30

In 1954, in a television interview, engineer and science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke refers to his 1945 article in Britain's Wireless World magazine suggesting that orbital satellites might be used as radio communications relays and points out that with the Nov. 24 launch by the United States of Mickey, the first artificial satellite, such communications satellites are now technologically within reach.

 - Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke


April 14
In 1902, French scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the miracle element of Curium. Its many properties include a healing ability that cures the couple of the cancer that has been killing them since they began their work in radioactive elements.


April 25
In 1507, Martin Waldseemuller, a German geographer, gave a name to the 2 mighty continents in the western hemisphere. Rather than naming it after the man who had established contact with them, he named them after the man who had proven they were new continents, calling them Vespuccia.


April 26
In 1803, thousands of meteorites rained down on Paris, France, killing 34 people and leveling buildings throughout the city. Although excited astronomers across Europe felt that they were evidence of material from outer space, the Archbishop of Paris called the judgment of God and spearheaded the angry mobbing of the Sorbonne, which had survived the meteor shower.


April 27
In 1870, Heinrich Schliemann discovers Atlantis, the lost island of legend. Most classics scholars and archeologists had believed Atlantis to be spun wholly from Plato's imagination, but Schlieman found it in the Mediterannean near the island of Crete. The civilization on the island apparently rival classical Rome at its peak, but had been destroyed by a volcanic eruption.


April 30
In 1006, the world is captivated by the brightest supernova ever seen from the earth; captivated, that is, until the deadly radiation from the exploding cluster of stars wiped out 30% of the species on earth. In the harsh, post-apocalyptic world that arose from the ashes of the extinction, humans were the prey of mutant species that hunted them - for sport!


May 3
In 1952, Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett landed at the North Pole. They found a small castle and several hundred short men working on what appeared to be children's toys, in addition to a stable filled with reindeer with prodigious leaping abilities. A jolly old man seemed to be in charge of the little village, and he sent them on their way with several bags full of cookies and candy canes.


May 8
In 199,265 BCE the mother of all humanity gave birth to the first of her many children in southern Africa. She never got a card from a single one of them.


June 15
In 2003, the UN attempted to contact the Martian fleet orbiting earth, but was met only with an eerie series of beeps and squeals.


May 13
In 12-1-5-0-3, a massive earthquake strikes the Incan Empire, leveling several small towns. The Emperor's own temple is destroyed, and he barely escapes the building alive. In an act of unprecedented compassion, he throws open the royal treasury to assist all who have been harmed by the quake, and the damaged area is rebuilt swiftly.


May 20
In 1993, a 10 kilometer wide meteor strikes the Pacific Ocean, sending huge waves across Asia, the Americas and Australia. While the destruction is massive, with tens of millions dead and hundreds of cities wiped out, the world is thankful that it wasn't worse, and struggles to rebuild what was lost in the devastation.


May 25
Eric Lipps says, ~ As you may or may not know, Columbus gulled Ferdinand and Isabella into backing his voyage by presenting a plan based on an estimate of the Earth's circumference about one-third smaller than the then-accepted (and nearly accurate) figure, which had been derived by geometrical means centuries earlier. If the Americas hadn't existed, he'd probably have died at sea.


June 14
In 2003, NASA and the European Space Agency began detecting large numbers of ships coming into orbit over the earth. The Martians had arrived.


June 16
In 2003, the tension is finally broken as the first Martian ship lands in Antarctica. It returns when all contact with the international bases there is lost.


June 18
In 1178, an explosion is seen on the moon by 5 Canterbury monks. Believing that this heralds the end of the world, they flee the monastery and exhort all about them to pray for deliverance. Within a week, all of England is paralyzed with fear of the end, and mass suicides begin happening across the country.


June 24
In 1947, pilot Ken Arnold made contact with a group of flying saucers over Mt. Rainier in Washington. When [REST OF POST CENSORED]


June 30
In 4604, observational satellites detect a meteor about to crash into Siberia in time for missiles to shoot it down. It would have landed in a largely unpopulated area of the savage vassal state, but Imperial scientists felt it best not to take chances with a meteor strike.


December 20

In 1954, unaware of Arthur C. Clarke's televised remarks of three weeks earlier, President Eisenhower convenes a meeting of his scientific advisers to ask if "anything useful can be done" with orbital satellites now that America has the means to produce and launch them. Present at the meeting is Wernher von Braun, who had previously been interviewed for Collier's magazine for an article on "The Future in Space". Von Braun offers a number of suggestions, including "observation platforms" in space which could conduct surveillance of the globe and "refueling stations" for rockets launched from Earth which are intended to travel to the Moon and beyond.

 - Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke

The German-born scientist does not mention Clarke's idea for communications satellites. The President leaves the meeting unimpressed with what he considers the scientist's 'pie in the sky' ideas, which even von Braun admits will require the development of much more powerful rockets and far larger and more complex satellites.



January 31

In 1955, the CIA submits to the White House intelligence on recent Soviet tests of a massive intercontinental ballistic missile more powerful than anything in the U.S. Arsenal. Eight days later, President Eisenhower summons NASA administrator Glennan and chief agency scientist Werner von Braun to the White House for an urgent meeting. The President reveals what the CIA has shown him regarding the Soviets' new missile capabilities and informs Glennan and von Braun that for the time being, any further space efforts will have to take a back seat to closing the 'missile gap' with the Soviets.

 - Glennan
Glennan

Dr. Glennan objects, pointing out that America's success in space has significant political value. He invites Eisenhower to consider the black eye the U.S. might have suffered if the Soviets had been first into orbit. The President acknowledges the point, but goes on: 'None of that matters now, Dr. Glennan. We won the race into space, and the world knows it. Now we must consider more practical matters.' When Glennan attempts to say that the space race may not be over, Eisenhower cuts him off and ends the meeting. Afterward, a fuming Glennan is consoled by Werner von Braun: 'The President will come around, and if he doesn't, his successor may.' The rocket engineer observes that Eisenhower's fixation on building bigger, more powerful missiles to throw at the Soviet Union may actually work in NASA's favor in the long run, by encouraging the advancement of rocket technology which can eventually be applied to space missions.



July 25

In 2012, Jessica Hellmann completed the first phase of the assisted-colonization projected anticipated by the influential 2007 Conservation Biology paper Reducing CO2 is vital, but we might have to step in and intervene. which Hellman co-authored.Assisted Colonization
With the Arctic ice cap expected to melt entirely no later than the end of the decade, teams working under Hellmann's directed packed five hundred polar bears off to Antarctica, where the sea ice will never run out. Subsequent phases are anticipated for 2013 - moving African big game to the American Great Plains and airlifting endangered species from one mountaintop to another as climate zones shrink.



June 1

In 70,896 BG (Before G'Khresh), the last native hominid on the planet Sol III died.Extinction Event by Eric LippsThe species had spread across its much of its native planet before its population was reduced below sustainable levels apparently by climatic changes which included severe drought. Also brought to extinction, apparently several thousand years earlier, was a related species distinguished by heavier musculature and bone structure, including prominent eyebrow ridges. Both types appear to have had only primitive technology, including fire and crude stone tools. When explorers from the Empire arrived thirty years ago, the most intelligent creatures on the planet were oceangoing mammals whose environment and lack of hands precluded their development of technology.



April 24

In -70000, year by the pre-colony calendar, indigenous humanoid cousins of the Mlosh lost a battle with extinction, an extensive archeology study suggests. Indigenous humanoids wiped out 70,000 years ago, study says.The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in the central continent, apparently because of drought.
"Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, forced to the brink of extinction. Truly an epic tragedy, written in our cousin's scattered remains". says the report.



June 15

In 2002, an extinction-level-event (E.L.E) was averted by the unexpected return of Doctor Manhattan. The American superman's timely intervention avoided a deep impact from the near earth asteroid 2002 MN.
Watch the Youtube Clip of Asteroid 2002 MN June 15, one of the closest Flyby on record

The Return of Doctor ManhattanIronically, Manhattan had left the planet in November 1985 due to his misunderstood involvement in another potential ELE, unfairly blamed for a series of events orchestrated by one of his Watchmen colleagues (pictured).

Because in a brilliant act of ruthless expediency, "the world's most intelligent man" Ozymandias had unleased nuclear forces with Manhattan's energy signature in order to destroy New York, an event so horrifying that it stopped the world in its tracks, deflecting a imminent atomic war with Russia. Watch the Youtube Trailer of the movie

US President George Bush welcomed the return of Manhattan by quoting from the famous political essay The Crisis by the American revolutionary Thomas Paine (pictured) ~

"Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out... "in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive" - Thomas Paine, The Crisis published December 23, 1776.Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but 'show your faith by your works,' that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy".

Sourcing the quotation from Thomas Paine was a masterful choice, striking the appropriate chord of irony. Because the decisive act of an unexpected friend was paralled; Paine was an Englishman.



March 18

In 2004, a small asteroid slammed into Earth 20 miles north of San Francisco, touching off a cataclysmic earthquake. Over a million people died.

The incident nearly ignited World War III, as panicked Bush Administration and Pentagon officials feared the U.S. had been the victim of a nuclear attack. Fortunately, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA and other institutions quickly informed the White House that the disaster's seismic characteristics were inconsistent with a nuclear strike, as was the lack of radioactive fallout in the aftermath.
United States Space Defense CommandOne consequence of the episode was the formation in 2007 of the United States Space Defense Command, whose mission would be to develop and deploy effective defenses against such bombardments.

Some scientists had been calling for such a move for years, pointing to such things as the Tunguska event of 1908 as evidence that the planet faced a potential threat from encounters with near-Earth objects.



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