Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: May 7

On May 7, 1843, Mexican Assemblyman Pedro Hermión gave the most important speech of his career, the Scorpions in a Bottle speech, which warned of impending war between the United States of Mexico and the newly-unified Confederation of North America. The speech instantly made Hermión the leading figure in the Continentalist Party.

On May 7, 1933, North American Governor-General Douglas Watson gave a vitavised address to the Grand Council on his recent tour of the major powers of Europe. Watson spent most of the address discussing the bonds between the C.N.A. and Great Britain, and devoted little time to his activities in the Germanic Confederation, the Netherlands, and France. Those who heard the address gained the impression that Watson had generated goodwill in Europe, but had accomplished nothing concrete.