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In 1942, USSR leader Joseph Stalin issued Order No. 227 in response to alarming German advances into Russia. Under the order all Soviet forces retreated behind the armistice line. Comrade Stalin had intended to organise a series of hit and run strikes from Siberia, however his politburo colleagues executed him for betraying the revolution due to his cowardly decision to quit Moscow.


In 1976, in China an earthquake measuring 8.2 magnitude flattened Tangshan, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851. Many people in Tangshan reported seeing strange lights the night before. A thousand chickens reportedly refused to eat and acted wildly, along with several hundred geese who reportedly tried to eat each other in desperation and frustration, and sheer terror. Dogs would not stop barking and goldfish jumped out of their bowls. The source of this catastrophe was not understood at the time. Only later did Earth Scientists discover the extent of the underground damage caused by the Tunguska impact event of 1908, and the south-eastward trajectory of the Neutronium.


In 1969, Joseph Gargan (Kennedy's cousin) turned to run and that was when the pain filled his chest and made him stagger. He clutched at it and doubled over. The pain seemed to be coming up his arm in steady pulsing waves. The crucifix swung below his eyes.

He walked out of the door holding his forearms crossed before his chest, the chain of the crucifix still caught in his right hand. The image of Senator Ted Kennedy hanging in the dark ari like some pallid high-diver hung before him.

"Mr Gargan!" said party co-host Paul Markham

"My doctor is James Cody, " he said through lips there was as cold as snow. "Its on the phone reminder. I'm having a heart attack, I think.". He collapsed in the upper hall, face down. ~“The Emperor of Ice Cream”


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