September 22, 2002
I've been reading a lot of those "this day in history" websites, and come across some really interesting little facts. Did you know, for example, that on this day in 1656, an American all-female jury voted the acquittal of a woman charged with murdering her child? Or that in 1792 the French republic was declared? Or that in 1949 the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully? History's a godmine for the what-if, science fiction, or fantasy writer, since all they'd need to do to build a story is find an event with gaps (or not) and fill in their own details.