July 4th – truly a day replete with history. Much of it is well known, but did you know that on this day in 1846 something extraordinary happened?
James Polk, beloved 11th president of the United States, was still hale and healthy, though he would die at the age of 53 in 1849. As such, to celebrate the nation’s 70th birthday, Polk arranged for a small private party amongst America’s finest. Former President Martin Van Buren, the parents of Thomas Edison, Joseph Lister, and Alfred Lord Tennyson were all in attendance at Polk’s impregnable mountain fortress Gul’Taroth. The joyful occasion featured dancers from Araby, serving girls from the Orient, and Polk showed off collections of rare artifacts from the dark places of the world.
Sadly, the frivolities were briefly interrupted by a surprise attack of the undead zombie lord Aaron Burr and his skeleton minions. Fortunately they were repulsed by Benjamin Disraeli’s Sword of Light, and the American work ethic.
The rest of the evening went off without a hitch.