Days of Yore

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10 Years Ago

Ansible 143 reported a typical juried-award scene from the Arthur C. Clarke Award ceremonies: "After a suitable build-up of dramatic tension, administrator Paul Kincaid announced that the Clarke winner was Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan, who was there to accept: the most common vox-pop reaction afterwards was, 'Oops, I haven't read that one.'"

100 Years Ago

July 1909 saw the ratification of the 16th amendment, which invented income tax in the US, unless you believe the Internet, which documents multiple alternative realities in which it really wasn't.

1000 Years Ago

The fun times were over over in Quturba (Córdoba), seat of the Umayyad caliphs, when the regent `Abd al-Rahman Sanchuelo decided to attack León. The citizenry rebelled, led by the disgruntled relative Muhammad. When all was said and done, al-Rahmna had been executed, the caliph Hisham II had been dethroned, and the stage was set for years of succession wars that would ultimately tear the kingdom apart.

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