MAY

This Month in History is a regular feature in Locus magazine …

 

May 7, 2054. MayDay week. Vietnam joins with Cuba, Soviet Union II, Bolivaran Union, and China in full dress parade celebrating centennial of Dien Bien Phu, the first military defeat of colonialism.

 

May 7, 2106. Shook up. “Leaning Tower of Pisa” straightens as 4.4 quake rattles Tuscany. No other casualties.

 

May 9, 2033. Reparations. Honoring birthday of John Brown, President Abrams signs “40 Acres” Act, then gifts the pen to Henry Louis Gates, chair of Black Ancestry Fund, charged with retiring the debt.

 

May 24, 2112. Long Gone. Last snow patch on Everest disappears. The last snow on Kilimanjaro disappeared on May 24, 2031. Noting synchronicity, Dalai Lama weeps for both, and for us all.