Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: September 17

In the early hours of September 17, 1881, Constabulary agents raided the homes of several Libertarian senators, seizing and imprisoning five, including Senate Minority Whip Fritz Carmody of Mexico del Norte. Senate Minority Leader and Libertarian presidential candidate Thomas Rogers was warned of the coming raids and fled Mexico City along with his family and those of Senators Schuyler Stanley of Durango and Winthrop Sharp of Arizona. By morning, every major Libertarian politician in the capital was either dead, fled, imprisoned, or had defected to the Continentalist Party. In the afternoon, a rump Senate of fourteen members confirmed Benito HermiĆ³n's appointment as Chief of State and the indefinite postponement of the presidential election.

On September 17, 1914, the Hundred Day War continued as the last French ships withdrew from Tampico before the port was placed under siege by the Mexican Caribbean Fleet and the army of General Emiliano Calles.

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