Thursday, August 7, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: August 7

On August 7, 1855, Senator Frank Rinehart, representing the United States of Mexico, and Minister of War John Wolff, representing the Confederation of North America, signed the Hague Treaty formally ending the Rocky Mountain War.

On August 7, 1899, former Councilman Fritz Stark was found dead in his Burgoyne home, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In his hand was a note with the words, "It is ended." However, Stark's foresight was no better than his detective skills had been. The political violence that he had unleashed a month before was intensified by the spread of conspiracy theories claiming that he had been intimidated into recanting his accusations the day before, and that his apparent suicide was actually staged by Governor-General Ezra Gallivan, who had had him murdered.

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