Friday, February 14, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: February 14

On February 14, 1890, shots were fired through the windows of the homes of five members of the Mexican Senate, and bombs were found in the Presidential Palace. Mexican Chief of State Benito HermiĆ³n ordered the Mexican Fourth Army, stationed in Guatemala, to a state of readiness, and alerted elements of the Gulf Fleet and Pacific Fleet to prepare for action. Sobel states that there is good reason to believe that the Chief of State's own agents fired the shots and planted the bombs to provide an excuse for an attack on New Granada.

On February 14, 1915, Governor-General Albert Merriman apologized to Mexican President Victoriano Consalus for Howard Washburne's inflammatory statements regarding Mexican slavery. By then, Washburne was already gaining supporters throughout the Confederation of North America. Thirty-four members of the Grand Council had signed a petition supporting Washburne, and a national organization called the Friends of Black Mexico was being formed to agitate for the end of slavery in the U.S.M.

On February 14, 1965, Great Britain became the first conventional state to detonate an atomic bomb, two and a half years after the global supercorporation Kramer Associates detonated its own bomb. The bomb test took place in the Australian desert, and was the first fruit of an international atomic arms race set off by K.A.'s actions.

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