The Second Black Plague:Anatomy of a Doomsday Pandemic (adapted from & inspired by material previously published at Othertimelines.com)
by Chris Oakley
From the July 8th, 1965 Saigon Post:
RVN NAVY GUNBOATS TURN BACK RDS PLAGUE SHIP
From the July 13th, 1965 Irish Times:PM, Cabinet Meeting In Emergency Session As RDS Death Count
In Ireland Approaches 70
From the July 22nd, 1965 Las Vegas Review-Journal:FORMER VP NIXON DIES IN SACRAMENTO
100,000 WITHOUT POWER IN PHOENIX
From the July 28th, 1965 Indianapolis Star:INDY MOTOR SPEEDWAY CLOSED INDEFINITELY
From the August 7th, 1965 Daily Telegraph:LOOTERS SACK BUCKINGHAM PALACE
From the August 13th, 1965 Jerusalem Post:Israeli maritime officials admit it is highly unlikely that Haifa’s port
facilities will be re-opened to commercial traffic any time in the foreseeable
From a UPI dispatch out of Beirut dated August 21st, 1965:The Lebanese government has issued shoot-on-sight orders to Lebanon’s
armed forces in a desperate effort to keep out the swarms of RDS plague
refugees trying to enter the country from Egypt and Syria. In a related
story, the Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed today that Israeli naval
vessels fired on and sank a freighter attempting to disembark European RDS
refugees at Eilat...
From a CBS-TV newscast dated August 24th, 1965:ABC News anchorman Howard K. Smith collapsed on-camera
just moments ago as he was signing off from his nightly broadcast.
Details at this moment are sketchy, but witnesses at the scene of
the collapse suggest it may have been a sign of the onset of acute
respiratory disintegration syndrome...
From the August 30th, 1965 National Catholic Reporter(USA):THE PILOT TERMINATES PUBLICATION
Archdiocesan Weekly Was Last Remaining Regularly Published
Newspaper In Boston
From the September 1st, 1965 Sporting News:WORLD SERIES CANCELLED FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
’66 WORLD CUP CALLED OFF; ’68 WINTER & SUMMER OLYMPICS IN JEOPARDY
From the September 5th, 1965 People’s Daily Worker:Do not believe the foreign media’s scandalous lies! There is no one in our country
who has respiratory disintegration syndrome...
From the September 10th, 1965 Ha’aretz:Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was buried yesterday with full military honors...
From the September 14th, 1965 Sacramento Bee(USA):Governor Brown Hospitalized With RDS
Total Worldwide Death Count Nearly Eight Million
From a sign posted outside the harbor at St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada dated September 20th, 1965:BY FEDERAL ORDER THIS HARBOR IS ONLY OPEN TO MILITARY VESSELS AND SHIPS BEARING VITAL
MEDICAL RELIEF CARGO. ALL OTHER VESSELS MUST TURN BACK AT ONCE OR RISK BEING SUNK BY
From the September 23rd, 1965 Manila Chronicle(Philippines):NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE PASSES 80 PERCENT
From the September 27th, 1965 Helsingin Sanomat(Finland):The Republic of Finland Foreign Ministry received confirmation late last
night that its ambassador in Sweden has died of complications from RDS...
From the October 1st, 1965 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Teamsters union leader and suspected
organized crime figure James R. "Jimmy" Hoffa from his union’s Detroit headquarters
more than a year ago has finally been resolved. Examination of a skeleton found by
Michigan National Guard troops during a reconnaissance sweep of the Flint area four
days ago has confirmed it through dental records as belonging to the late Mr. Hoffa.
The controversial Teamster boss was discovered with a gunshot wound to the skull
and a rusted .44 pistol clutched in one hand, implying Hoffa’s death may have been a
Hoffa, a frequent target of federal investigation during the late Robert Kennedy’s
tenure as US Attorney General, left Detroit under mysterious circumstances last fall
just as the RDS pandemic was beginning to make its presences felt in the Midwest....
From the October 7th, 1965 Evening News(UK):Rock music fans everywhere tonight are mourning the end of a group which had been
poised for international stardom before the RDS catastrophe began overtaking the world
last February. Liverpool police have found the bodies of Beatles founders John Lennon
and Paul McCartney, along with that of guitarist George Harrison, hanging from makeshift
nooses inside Lennon’s flat; in a two-page suicide note written by McCartney sometime
this afternoon, the group cited the collapse of their musical careers and the death of their
friend and drummer Richard Starkey(a.k.a. Ringo Starr) from RDS four days earlier as
the events which crystallized their decision to take their own lives...
From the October 12th, 1965 San Francisco Examiner:TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE CANCELLED FOR FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY
LOS ANGELES TIMES TO CEASE PUBLICATION PERMANENTLY
BASEBALL GREAT WILLIE MAYS KILLED DEFENDING HIS HOME FROM
From the October 15th, 1965 Excelsior(Mexico):Yesterday federal police put down an anti-government riot in Acapulco...
From the October 18th, 1965 Daily Telegraph:The Soviet government today closed its Star City cosmonaut training
facility near Moscow. Star City, formerly home to dozens of cosmonaut
candidates and instructors, has been deserted since the Soviet Union
suspended its manned spaceflight program three months ago...
From the October 22nd, 1965 Washington Post:PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND CABINET EVACUATED FROM WHITE HOUSE
POST TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION EFFECTIVE TOMORROW
From the October 27th, 1965 Toronto Globe & Mail:NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE DISBANDS
Financial Troubles, Staggering Team RDS Casualties Force League
Out Of Business After 48 Years
From the November 1st, 1965 Pravda:Today we mourn the death of Comrade First Secretary Kosygin.
In the year since he first assumed leadership of the USSR after
Comrade Brezhnev went missing, Comrade Kosygin provided strong
and effective leadership at a critical moment in the history of our
nation; the heart attack which finally killed him yesterday constitutes
a great tragedy for us all...
From the November 6th, 1965 St. Petersburg Times(USA):The Newark Star-Ledger, one of the few major East Coast newspapers
outside Florida still publishing on a regular basis, has announced that due
to severe financial losses it will permanently close as of November 8th...
From the November 8th, 1965 Montreal Star:Montreal Gazette On Hiatus, Editor Admits He Doesn’t Know If Paper
Will Ever Publish Again
From the November 17th, 1965 Scotsman:Lloyd’s, the formerly London-based international insurance concern that
relocated its headquarters to Edinburgh in the aftermath of the June riots at
Downing Street, has formally requested bankruptcy protection...
From the November 26th, 1965 Minneapolis Star-Tribune:WORLDWIDE RDS DEATH TOLL NOW ESTIMATED AT 15 MILLION
Northern Hemisphere Plague Zone Now Extends As Far As Panama
From the December 5th, 1965 Kansas City Star:LAST U.S. DIPLOMATS EVACUATE SAIGON
From the December 13th, 1965 Rand Daily Mail:COUP TOPPLES PRIME MINISTER OBOTE IN UGANDA
New PM General Idi Amin Threatens War With Kenya
From the December 19th, 1965 Lowell Sun(USA):The Rhode Island state senate begins debate today on a bill that, if
passed, would essentially abolish the state as a political entity. The
controversial legislation, proposed by a Bristol senator whose district
has become what he calls "almost a ghost town" because of the RDS
bug, would revoke the state’s constitutional charter as of May 1st, 1966...
From a UPI dispatch out of Memphis, Tennessee dated December 23rd, 1965:Singer, entertainer, and former GI Elvis Presley died at Baptist Memorial Hospital this
afternoon just 24 hours after being admitted for respiratory disintegration syndrome...
From the December 27th, 1965 People’s Daily Worker:Readers are cautioned again not to spread the lies of the foreign press about
citizens of the Peoples Republic being infected with RDS....
From the January 1st, 1966 Sacramento Bee:
The words ‘Happy New Year’ ring tragically hollow in most parts of the
world these days; with 21 million people killed by the RDS plague itself and
3 million more victims of the unrest and chaos stemming from that plague,
happiness must now seem like a forgotten relic of ancient times...
From the January 7th, 1966 Houston Post:
CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite has been placed on indefinite
psychiatric leave after suffering an on-camera emotional
breakdown just five minutes into last night’s newscast.....
From a coded dispatch by CIA director John McCone to the agency’s station chief in Vladivostok dated January 11th, 1966:Regret we cannot extract you and your team at present. Advise you go to ground
immediately to avoid capture...
From the January 17th, 1966 Seattle Post-Intelligencer:BLACK RADICAL HUEY P. NEWTON KILLED TRYING TO ILLEGALLY ENTER MEXICO
From the January 24th, 1966 Irish Times:250 Dead In Ireland From RDS
Worldwide Death Count Now Approaching 30 Million
From the January 28th, 1966 Sydney Morning Herald:The world’s worst-kept medical secret officially became public today when
the government of Red China finally admitted that there have been outbreaks of
RDS within its borders....
From the February 4th, 1966 Cumhuriyet(Turkey):On the Defense Ministry’s orders, Istanbul is under martial law as of
7:00 AM tomorrow...
From the February 12th, 1966 Al-Anwar(Lebanon):The Economic Ministry warns that national unemployment rates may soon surpass 90%
if the current global RDS crisis is not resolved soon...
From the February 15th, 1966 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
From the February 20th, 1966 Stars & Stripes:FORMER MACV COMMAND PERSONNEL ARRIVE IN HAWAII
From the February 24th, 1966 Dallas Morning Herald:Only two years have passed since the RDS pandemic began, but given the
staggering toll the virus has taken on humanity those years seem like a century.
Cities, peoples, entire nations have been wiped out by this scourge, and its
efficiency at killing its victims is increasingly outstripping the human race’s ability
Someday our descendants, if we’re lucky enough to have any, will be astonished
to learn that there was actually a time when people worried about the earth becoming
too crowded, that the words "population implosion" weren’t always a part of the
average American’s vocabulary...
From the February 28th, 1966 St. Petersburg Times:MANCHESTER UNION-LEADER CLOSED
New Hampshire Daily Was Last Regularly Publishing Newspaper Left In New England
From a UPI dispatch out of Lisbon dated March 5th, 1966:Thirty years after he started the Falangist uprising that triggered the Spanish Civil War,
Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco has died in a Madrid hospital of complications from
respiratory disintegration syndrome...
From the March 12th, 1966 International Herald-Tribune:A Norwegian agricultural expert warns that Norway’s food supply may
run out within 6 to 8 months if the country’s farms cannot be revived...
From an editorial in the March 18th, 1966 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:We regret to inform our readers that due to mounting financial difficulties and the
loss of most of our employees to RDS, we have no choice but to close this newspaper...
From the March 22nd, 1966 Houston Chronicle:WORLDWIDE RDS CASUALTIES 50 MILLION AND COUNTING
From the March 31st, 1966 Svenska Dagbladet:Military authorities are expected to tighten curfew restrictions in Stockholm
From an AP dispatch out of Jakarta, Indonesia dated April 4th, 1966:Mobs tried to sack the Australian and New Zealander embassies here today in
protest of both governments’ continuing refusal to let Indonesian refugees enter
the borders of Australia or New Zealand...
From the April 8th, 1966 Las Vegas Review-Journal:FIRE RAVAGES LOS ANGELES AREA
Dodger Stadium, LA City Hall, Griffith Observatory Among Landmarks
Lost In Catastrophic Blaze
Dozens of Abandoned Hollywood Backlots Also Destroyed
Loss of 3 Firemen Deals Further Grave Blow To Already Critically
Undermanned LA Fire Department
From the April 14th, 1966 Denver Post:PORTLAND OREGONIAN ON HIATUS
From the April 20th, 1966 Honolulu Star-Bulletin:A binding resolution declaring Hawaii’s independence from the rest of the United
States is gaining support in the state legislature...
From the April 25th, 1966 Saigon Post:
Because of the present dire circumstances, we regret that we must
temporarily cease publication...
From an AP dispatch out of Santiago, Chile dated May 3rd, 1966:The UN General Assembly, which has been meeting here since the RDS plague forced it
to evacuate New York City 18 months ago, has voted overwhelmingly to terminate the UN
membership of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia, which has been without an effective government
since the Easter Sunday assassination of Marshal Tito, is on the verge of breaking up into
separate ethnic states...
From the May 7th, 1966 Ha’aretz:NATION MOURNS DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER ESHKOL
From the May 15th, 1966 Minneapolis Star-Tribune:INDIANAPOLIS STAR FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
From the May 21st, 1966 Seattle Times:HAWAII INDEPENDENCE RESOLUTION NARROWLY DEFEATED
Supporters of Bill Promise to Re-file It At Next State Senate Session
From a UPI dispatch out of Vancouver dated May 27th, 1966:The American consul general in this once-bustling Canadian port says this city’s economy is
in total collapse...
From the June 1st, 1966 Irish Times:RDS DEATH COUNT IN IRELAND NOW AT 6500;
WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL NEARING 110 MILLION
From the June 4th, 1966 Asahi Shimbun:Emperor Hirohito Passes Away
From the June 11th, 1966 Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal(USA):FOOD RIOT ERUPTS IN GREEN BAY
Former Packers Coach Vince Lombardi Shot During Melee
From the June 15th, 1966 St. Petersburg Times:ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CLOSED
Was Last Remaining Regularly Published East Coast Paper Outside Fla.
From a UPI bulletin out of Glasgow dated June 23rd, 1966:A spokesman for the British royal family said today that Queen Elizabeth
II has been hospitalized with a serious heart condition following the news
that her husband, Prince Philip, was killed in a helicopter crash this evening
en route back to Balmoral after an emergency meeting with the prime minister’s
top health and police officials...
From the June 29th, 1966 edition of The Age:FOREIGN MINISTER ORDERS JAKARTA EMBASSY CLOSED
From a UPI bulletin out of Jakarta dated July 1st, 1966:President Sukarno is denouncing the Australian and New Zealander
governments’ decisions to withdraw their respective ambassadors from
From a Korean Central News Agency dispatch dated July 3rd, 1966:Beloved Leader Kim Il Sung passed away last night at 8 oclock from respiratory
From the July 7th, 1966 Seattle Post-Intelligencer:ALASKA STATE POLICE SEAL OFF ANCHORAGE
Residents Fear RDS Refugees May Try To Enter City
From the July 11th, 1966 Sydney Morning Herald:
INDONESIA ON BRINK OF CIVIL WAR
From the July 15th, 1966 Scotsman:EVENING NEWS SUSPENDING PUBLICATION
From the July 23rd, 1966 Izvestiya(USSR):Because of the ongoing RDS emergency and an unfortunate
minor accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power facility, Kiev
must for the time being remain closed to human habitation...
From an AP dispatch out of Wellington, New Zealand dated July 27th, 1966:New Zealand’s former ambassador to Indonesia returned here early this
From the July 31st, 1966 Sporting News:AMERICAN AND NATIONAL LEAGUES DECLARE BANKRUPTCY
SPORTING NEWS TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION AS OF AUGUST 2ND
From the August 3rd, 1966 El Mercurio(Chile):COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT PROCLAIMS STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MEDELLIN AND CARTAGENA
From the August 5th, 1966 Hindustan Times(India):PRIME MINISTER GANDHI QUARANTINED WITH RDS
From the August 11th, 1966 East African Standard(Kenya):MARTIAL LAW DECLARED IN ALGIERS
From an AP dispatch out of Shannon, Ireland dated August 17th, 1966:Lack of adequate staffing has forced the Finnish government to shut down
Radio Helsinki, severing one of continental Europe’s last remaining links with
the outside world...
From a conversation between two ham radio operators in Colorado dated August 23rd, 1966:OPERATOR 1(hereafter referred to as O1): Can you read me? Over.
OPERATOR 2(hereafter referred to as O2): Loud and clear. Over.
O1: How’s the weather on your end?
O2: A little damp, but otherwise fine. And you?
O1: OK. We had some rain on this end last night, but it’s cleared up now...
I was just reading in the paper this morning about how President Johnson’s
still holed up somewhere in the Dakotas...
O2: I thought he was at Camp David. Over.
O1: Nah, he split from there months ago. Besides, it got burned down during
the riots in Washington last week. They damn near torched everything-- the
White House, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Library of Congress, you name it. They
even got the FBI...
O2: I’m surprised anyone’s left alive in DC to burn anything. That Morgan’s
bug’s killed, what, 170 million people?
O1: 175, not counting people who died from stuff like starvation and civil
wars. Say, you been able to raise anybody in Atlanta?
O2: Not a whisper. Atlanta, Miami, New York, Boston, Detroit, Little Rock....
nothing but dead air every station I try. It’s like the whole East has just up
O1: Yeah, same thing’s happened to me with the West Coast. Tried raising
Portland around lunchtime yesterday and all I got was static...
From the September 4th, 1966 Rand Daily Mail:SOVIET PREMIER SUSLOV DIES FROM RDS
NATIONAL BANK OF MEXICO COLLAPSES
From a press release by International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage dated September 7th, 1966:Because of the continuing global instability and the catastrophic loss of life
engendered by the respiratory disintegration syndrome pandemic, I regret to
announce that the 1968 Winter Olympics that were to have been held in
Grenoble, France have been cancelled. A final decision regarding the Summer
Games in Mexico City will be made within 72 hours...
From the September 11th, 1966 Denver Post:COLORADO UNIVERSITY SCIENTIST WARNS HUMAN RACE
MAY BECOME EXTINCT IN 10 TO 15 YEARS
From the journal of a research scientist at MacMurdo Sound, Antarctica, entry dated September 13th, 1966:Just came back from a visit with the team leader at the American base
nearby....The tension over there’s almost unbearable. They can’t seem to
get a straight answer on when they might be evacuated back to the States...
From an AP dispatch out of Jakarta dated September 16th, 1966:President Sukarno was killed late this afternoon as riots raged in the
Indonesian capital for a second straight day. General Suharto, commander-in-
chief of Indonesia’s armed forces, has declared himself the country’s new
president and imposed martial law in Jakarta; in a televised address to his
people at 5:30 PM local time this evening, Suharto accused Australia and New
Zealand of instigating the riots....
From the September 18th, 1966 Orlando Sentinel(USA):WORLDWIDE RDS CASUALTIES NOW MORE THAN 215 MILLION
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND DENY ROLE IN JAKARTA RIOTS
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES ON INDEFINITE HIATUS
From the September 21st, 1966 Sydney Morning Herald:TOKYO’S NIKKEI STOCK MARKET CLOSED
From the September 24th, 1966 East African Standard:SUEZ CANAL CLOSED INDEFINITELY
LIBYAS KING IDRIS I DIES OF RDS
From the September 30th, 1966 Al-Anwar:This will, in all likelihood, be the last edition of our newspaper you will read for
the foreseeable future. Present circumstances both here and abroad have made
it impossible for us to fulfill our responsibilities...
From the October 2nd, 1966 Las Vegas Review-Journal:SCOTSMAN, UK’S LAST REMAINING REGULARLY PUBLISHED NEWSPAPER,
From an AP dispatch out of Addis Ababa dated October 4th, 1966:The Ethiopian foreign ministry is denying rumors that Emperor Haile Selassie has
From the October 8th, 1966 Kansas City Star:GLOBAL RDS DEATHS ESTIMATED AT 300 MILLION
BRITISH DOCTORS SAY QUEEN ELIZABETH LIKELY TO REMAIN IN COMA
NBA FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
From the October 14th, 1966 Ma’ariv(Israel):JERUSALEM POST SUSPENDS PUBLICATION
From the October 18th, 1966 El Mercurio:Argentine Warships Sink RDS Plague Vessel Off Tierra Del Fuego
From a UPI bulletin out of Sydney dated October 24th, 1966:There was a brief exchange of gunfire between Indonesian and Australian
naval vessels off Papua New Guinea late last night. No casualties were reported, but
one of the Australian ships suffered slight damage to its forward hull. An Australian
Navy spokesman said that the Indonesian vessels were violating Australian territorial
waters, a charge vehemently denied by Indonesia’s foreign minister...
From an AP dispatch out of Dar es Salaam dated October 30th, 1966:Less than a year after he toppled President Milton Obote, Ugandan dictator
Idi Amin is making good on his threats to go to war against Kenya. At noon
local time today, five Ugandan army divisions crossed the Kenyan border while
Ugandan air force jets simultaneously bombed Nairobi; Kenyan president Jomo
Kenyatta made a radio address to his fellow countrymen a short time ago calling
Uganda’s invasion "a criminal act" and urging Kenyans to defend their country
to the death...
From the November 2nd, 1966 Irish Times:RDS DEATH TOLL IN IRELAND PASSES 30,000;
WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES AT 340 MILLION
From the November 4th, 1966 Rand Daily Mail:FIRST CONTINGENT OF TANZANIAN TROOPS ARRIVES IN KENYA
200,000 DEAD IN BANGALORE MASS SUICIDE
From the November 7th, 1966 Sydney Morning Herald:SAUDI GOVERNMENT CLOSES OFF MECCA
Nation’s Top Muslim Clerics Protest Quarantine Decision
From the November 10th, 1966 Times of Zambia:MASSIVE BOMBING RAID ON KAMPALA
KENYAN ARMY FIGHTING UGANDANS SOUTH OF NAIROBI
SHAH OF IRAN HOSPITALIZED WITH POSSIBLE CASE OF RDS
From a UPI dispatch out of Baghdad dated November 14th, 1966:In one of the few remaining capitals not crippled or abandoned as a result of the Morgan’s
disease pandemic, a military junta has declared itself the new government of Iraq. The leader
of the junta, an army officer named Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti, has ordered a dusk-to-dawn
curfew for Baghdad, Fallujah, Nasiriyah, Mosul, and Basra...
From a UN World Health Organization report to acting Secretary General Kurt Waldheim dated November 20th, 1966:Present trends concerning the RDS pandemic do not offer much cause for optimism.
Despite the world medical community’s most diligent efforts, a cure or vaccine for the
disease remains elusive after more than two and a half years; furthermore, mass suicides
are now an alarmingly common event in all regions affected by the plague. If things continue
on their current course or deteriorate further, we calculate that the earth’s total human population
will decline to less than 1 billion in the next five years...
From the November 25th, 1966 Anchorage Star:UGANDAN ATTACK ON NAIROBI REPULSED IOC PERMANENTLY DISSOLVES
SEATTLE TIMES BANKRUPT
From the November 28th, 1966 Korea Morning Post:General Suharto Killed In Plane Crash
Global RDS Deaths Now Stand At Nearly 400 Million
Morning Post To Close As Of Tomorrow
From the December 1st, 1966 Honolulu Star-Bulletin:THREE NAVY SUB CREWMEN CHARGED WITH MUTINY AFTER
BOTCHED HIJACK ATTEMPT
From an AP dispatch out of Mogadishu dated December 8th, 1966:Tonight anonymous sources in Khartoum report that the Sudanese government has collapsed...
From the December 11th, 1966 Cleveland Plain Dealer:JIM BROWN DEAD
Football Hero Succumbs To RDS
From the December 15th, 1966 Rand Daily Mail:
JOMO KENYATTA KILLED IN UGANDAN BOMBING RAID
Idi Amin Demands Kenya’s Surrender
From the December 17th, 1966 East African Standard:NEW KENYAN PRESIDENT ARAP MOI REJECTS AMIN SURRENDER DEMAND
HOLLAND ABANDONS UN MEMBERSHIP
From the December 20th, 1966 La Nacion(Mexico):Army engineering squads today begin the arduous task of dismantling the
housing facilities and venues which were to have been used for the now-cancelled
Summer Olympics in Mexico City...
From the logbook of a cargo ship captain, entry dated December 27th, 1966:We’ve been stranded here in Valparaiso for six weeks now, and none of us knows when
we’ll be able to leave...With medical ships getting half the available fuel in port and
the Chilean navy using most of the rest, there’s not a lot to spare for a 25-year-old
freighter. Then again, even if we can get fuel, who knows where we can go once we
leave? Half our old ports of call are closed anyway, and gunboats blow you up if you
try to enter the Panama Canal...
From a Pentecostal evangelist’s sermon to his followers in southern New Mexico dated New Year’s Day, 1967:This pandemic is nothing less than God’s punishment against the unrighteous for
their defiance of His will! We alone, the holy, the God-fearing, will survive this
tribulation, and when every fornicator, every heathen idol-worshipper, every sodomite,
every blasphemer, every atheist has been cleansed and purged from the earth, is it we
who will rebuild the human race in His glorious name, free from all wickedness and
From the January 8th, 1967 Times of Zambia:PRESIDENT MOBUTU OF CONGO MISSING
LIBYAN REFUGEES POURING INTO CHAD
From the January 12th, 1967 Sioux Falls Argus-Leader(USA):
South Dakota state police found an abandoned Ford station wagon with Maine
license plates on a deserted highway east of Pierre late last night while on a
routine patrol enforcing the statewide 8PM-6AM curfew. A search of the car
revealed a tape recorder, a road map of the United States marked with notes
about areas affected by the RDS plague, and several reels of tape along with
three boxes of notebooks; the Ford’s owner has not yet been found...
From the January 14th, 1967 Calgary Albertan:WORLDWIDE RDS DEATHS NOW NUMBER 500 MILLION
RCAF RECON FLIGHTS INDICATE MONTREAL DESERTED
From the January 18th, 1967 Kansas City Star:DALLAS MORNING HERALD BANKRUPT
From the January 22nd, 1967 El Mercurio:MARTIAL LAW DECLARED IN HONDURAS
From the January 26th, 1967 Denver Post:LBJ RESIGNS; HUMPHREY SWORN IN AS 37TH PRESIDENT
House Speaker McCormick Is New VP
From a UPI bulletin out of Dublin dated February 3rd, 1967:Film director Peter Watkins, whose 1965 nuclear attack study The War Game was the last
major documentary to be commissioned by the BBC before the Morgan’s pandemic reached
Great Britain, is in critical condition after being injured when he intervened to defend a woman
from being robbed during yesterday’s food riots...
From the February 5th, 1967 Tulsa Herald:500 Dead In Texarkana In First Recorded Mass Suicide In US History
From the February 10th, 1967 Ha’aretz:MA’ARIV SUSPENDS PUBLICATION
From a UPI bulletin out of Kuwait City dated Februay 15th, 1967:Syria’s new ruling theocratic government has declared war on Lebanon in response
to the Lebanese government’s refusal to hand over Syrian Baathist leader Hafez el-Assad
From an AP dispatch out of Ankara dated February 18th, 1967:
The Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet has indefinitely suspended
From the February 23rd, 1967 Sydney Morning Herald:Nearly three years after the first cases of what was once known as ‘the Rome virus’
were diagnosed by Italian doctors, hopes for a cure-- or even the survival of the human
race beyond 1970 --are fading into memory. Many of the world’s great religious and
cultural shrines have fallen silent, and the number of empty seats in the UN General
Assembly is growing at an alarming rate....
From an AP dispatch out of Christchurch, New Zealand dated March 1st, 1967:
This city is under martial law tonight after food riots killed more than 200 people and
caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage...
From the March 3rd, 1967 Manila Chronicle:
ANTI-GOVERNMENT RIOTS STRIKE INDONESIA
JAKARTA IN FLAMES
From the March 8th, 1967 Seattle Post-Intelligencer:SACRAMENTO BEE HALTS PUBLICATION
Was Last Surviving Regular West Coast Daily Paper Outside Seattle
From a Radio Hanoi broadcast dated March 12th, 1967:Because of the present situation, we regret that we must temporarily cease operations...
From the March 16th, 1967 Cincinnati Enquirer:GLOBAL RDS DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO REACH ONE BILLION BY THE END OF JUNE
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER CLOSING ITS DOORS AS OF NEXT WEEK
From the March 21st, 1967 People’s Daily Worker:We regret to report the death of Party Chairman Mao Zedong from respiratory
From the March 25th, 1967 El Dia(Uruguay):RDS REFUGEE SHIP SUNK OFF COAST OF BRAZIL
From the March 30th, 1967 Anchorage Star:SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER OUT OF BUSINESS
From a UPI bulletin out of Caracas dated April 1st, 1967:Employees at Venezuela’s largest oil refinery have gone on strike to protest
being obliged to work for eight straight months without pay...
From a top secret cable by an Australian counterintelligence operative in Indonesia to his superiors in Canberra dated Arpil 4th, 1967:With this place being the madhouse it’s become since Suharto died, it would
normally be a perfect time for the KGB to do some mischief around here, but I
haven’t heard so much as a whisper about new ops from any of my contacts
inside the Soviet embassy...
From the April 8th, 1967 East African Standard:KENYAN ARMY IN KAMPALA
IDI AMIN REPORTED MISSING
From the April 11th, 1967 Irish Times:PM, CABINET EVACUATE DUBLIN
From a UPI bulletin out of Rio de Janeiro dated April 13th, 1967:UN economic officials warn that fifty percent of the earth’s surviving human population is in
danger of becoming permanently trapped in a condition of poverty as a result of the staggering
job losses brought about the collapse of most of the world’s major industrial and technological
From the April 18th, 1967 Las Vegas Review-Journal:MINNEAPOLIS STAR-BULLETIN TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION
From an AP dispatch out of Johannesburg dated April 21st, 1967:The provisional government of Uganda has sued for peace as the search continues for fugitive dictator
From the April 26th, 1967 Rand Daily Mail:IVORY COAST GOVERNMENT COLLAPSES FOLLOWING REPORT OF RDS OUTBREAK
From the April 29th, 1967 Winnipeg Sun(Canada):EX-BLUE BOMBERS COACH SAYS GREY CUP UNLIKELY TO BE PLAYED AGAIN IN OUR LIFETIME
From the May 2nd, 1967 edition of The Australian:
AUSTRALIA NATIONAL RUGBY TEAM TO FACE NEW ZEALAND ALL-BLACKS
IN CHARITY EXHIBITION MATCH
First Competition With Foreign Opponent In Almost A Year
From the May 5th, 1967 Denver Post:GLOBAL RDS CASUALTIES EXCEEDING 800 MILLION
From the May 10th, 1967 O Estado do Sao Paulo(Brazil):FOOD RIOTS KILL 2000 IN PERU
From a UPI bulletin out of Balmoral, Scotland dated May 12th, 1967:Prince Charles, regent for whats left of the United Kingdom since his mother
Queen Elizabeth II went into a coma following the death of Prince Philip, is set to
be officially crowned today as King George VII....
From the May 18th, 1967 Rand Daily Mail:GHANA’S PRESIDENT KWAME NKRUMAH ASSASSINATED
From the May 21st, 1967 Times of India:PM AND CABINET EVACUATE TO HYDERABAD
From the May 23rd, 1967 Las Vegas Review-Journal:KANSAS CITY STAR CLOSED
From an AP bulletin out of Karachi, Pakistan dated May 28th, 1967:The province of Kashmir, whose possession has for years been fiercely contested
between India and Pakistan, today declared its independence from both countries...
From a UPI dispatch out of Hyderabad, India dated May 30th, 1967:Indian troops went into Kashmir in a bid to stop that province’s newly organized
From the May 31st, 1967 Irish Times:PAKISTAN SENDS TROOPS TO COUNTER INDIAN PRESENCE IN KASHMIR
From the June 3rd, 1967 Juneau Tribune(USA):FIVE RDS REFUGEES KILLED TRYING TO ENTER ANCHORAGE
NEW VOTE ON HAWAII SECESSION BILL ENDS IN DEADLOCK
From the June 5th, 1967 Tulsa Herald:The author of last September’s Colorado University study projecting the possible
extinction of the human race by 1981 has issued a follow-up report which now warns
such extinction may happen even sooner than that. The new study, whose revised
calculations factor in new variables like the escalating guerrilla war in Kashmir and
the updated figures about radiation poisoning deaths from last July’s Chernobyl
nuclear disaster, suggests that the last remnants of humanity may die off by 1976...
From an AP dispatch out of Santiago dated June 8th, 1967:The United Nations Security Council voted this afternoon to suspend its operations
until further notice and grant UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim temporary
emergency powers to directly govern the 22-year-old world body. The suspension,
according to sources close to the Security Council, is prompted by the inability of
the five member nations to guarantee replacements for the representatives who
currently sit on the council....
From the June 10th, 1967 El Dia:RDS OUTBREAK IN BUENOS AIRES
Argentina Declares National Emergency
From the June 13th, 1967 Juneau Tribune:ANCHORAGE STRUCK BY RIOTS
Offices of Anchorage Herald Burned To The Ground
From an AP dispatch out of Tyre, Lebanon dated June 20th, 1967:Lebanon’s provisional government has rejected the Syrian Islamic Republic’s demands for its surrender
in the four-month-old border war between Syria and Lebanon...
From the June 25th, 1967 Times of Zambia:IDI AMIN DEAD
Deposed Ugandan Tyrant Dies In Firefight With Government Troops Near
From the June 29th, 1967 Sydney Morning Herald:Last night the three-year-old global RDS pandemic claimed its one billionth victim
with the death of a South Korean fisherman in Inchon. The pandemic, which has also
led to 40 million deaths from civil unrest, accidents, war, and suicide, has touched nearly
every corner of the globe with the exceptions of New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica...
From the July 1st, 1967 Calgary Albertan:On what should be a day of joyous celebration marking the centennial of the birth
of modern Canada, Canadians are instead engaged in a grim countdown of the
weeks and days until their country’s extinction. To paraphrase Edward Grey’s
famous statement at the start of World War I, the lamps are going out all over
Canada and and may not be lit again in our lifetime-- or anyone else’s....
From an Australia Broadcasting Corporation special news report dated July 3rd, 1967:
We interrupt our regular programming to bring you the following urgent bulletin: New
Zealand naval vessels are moving to intercept an RDS refugee ship reported to be trying
to force entry into Wellington Harbor. RNZAF attack aircraft have been placed on alert
and are standing by for further orders...
From the July 4th, 1967 Denver Post:NEW ZEALAND WARSHIPS SINK RDS REFUGEE BOAT NEAR WELLINGTON HARBOR
No Comment On Rumor A Passenger May Have Gotten Ashore
From the July 7th, 1967 Irish Times:CORK DEVASTATED BY FOOD RIOT
NEW ZEALAND DECLARES NATIONWIDE HEALTH EMERGENCY
To Be Continued....