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 10th, 1967 edition of The Age:
NZ AUTHORITIES END SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS OF WELLINGTON HARBOR
From the July 11th, 1967 Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal:200 DEMONSTRATORS MARCH IN DAMASCUS ANTIWAR RALLY
From the July 13th, 1967 O Estado do Sao Paulo:CHILEAN BORDER CLOSED TO ARGENTINE REFUGEES
From the July 15th, 1967 Irish Times:It is with the utmost sorrow that we must announce our newspaper is
temporarily ceasing publication....
From the July 18th, 1967 Rand Daily Mail:RIOTING IN MECCA; GRAND MOSQUE HEAVILY DAMAGED
From an AP dispatch in Cheyenne, Wyoming dated July 19th, 1967:For the second time since January, a new commander-in-chief is being sworn into
the Oval Office. At 1:30 this afternoon Vice-President and former Speaker of the House
John McCormick will take the oath of office to become the 38th President of the United
States; McCormick succeeds the late Hubert Humphrey, whose death in a helicopter crash
near Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska was confirmed forty minutes ago...
From the July 22nd, 1967 Las Vegas Review-Journal:SAN ANTONIO DISPATCH BANKRUPT
Was Last Remaining Regularly Published Newspaper In Texas
From the daily report log of a Lebanese border guard, entry dated July
24th, 1967:Very little radio traffic so far this morning. Checkpoint three reports no
sign of human activity on Israel’s side of the frontier...
From an AP bulletin out of Baghdad dated July 26th, 1967:An unconfirmed rumor out of Damascus claims that the head of Syria’s current Islamic
government has been shot by supporters of the former Baathist regime...
From a UPI dispatch out of Doha, Qatar dated July 28th, 1967:A spokesman for the Syrian embassy here in Qatar has verified that the head of
Syria’s ruling Islamic council has in fact been assassinated by pro-Baathist gunmen.
This announcement comes as Syrian occupation forces in Beirut are engaging
Lebanese troops in what both sides call the most important battle so far in the five-
month-old war between Syria and Lebanon...
From the July 31st, 1967 Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal:
SYRIANS LOSING GROUND IN BEIRUT
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CANCELS ENTIRE ’67-’68 ACADEMIC YEAR
From the August 1st, 1967 East African Standard:ARGENTINES ABANDON CLAIM TO FALKLAND ISLANDS
Foreign Minister Acknowledges His Country No Longer Able To Press Its Case Against U.K.
From a UPI bulletin out of Santiago dated August 3rd, 1967:Two more seats in the United Nations General Assembly became vacant today as the Algerian
and Tunisian ambassadors to the UN announced today that their countries were pulling out of
the world body effective immediately.....
From the August 6th, 1967 Denver Post:WORLDWIDE RDS BODY COUNT APPROACHING 2 BILLION
LEBANESE ARMY IN CONTROL OF MOST SECTORS OF BEIRUT
From the logbook of a US nuclear submarine on patrol in the Bering
Straits, entry written by the ship’s XO on August 8th, 1967:Normally this part of the Pacific should be crawling with Soviet boomers, but our
sonars haven’t picked up any contacts in over a month except the occasional passing
whale. For that matter, the CO still hasn’t gotten a reply to the last cable he sent to
From the August 9th, 1967 Sydney Morning Herald:
First Case of RDS In Philippines Reported
From the August 11th, 1967 edition of The Australian:SYDNEY FIRE, POLICE PERSONNEL BEGIN RDS EMERGENCY DRILLS
From the August 13th, 1967 Rand Daily Mail:SA HEALTH MINISTER PREDICTS RDS CURE TO BE FOUND BY YEAR’S END
Other Health Experts Skeptical
From the August 17th, 1967 Des Moines Register:GLOBAL RDS CASUALTIES AT 2.1 BILLION
Iraq Seals Its Border With Jordan
From the August 23rd, 1967 Manila Chronicle:55 DEAD NATIONWIDE FROM RDS
WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES APPROACHING 2.2 BILLION
From the August 26th, 1967 Times of Zambia:SYRIA, LEBANON AGREE TO CEASE-FIRE
KENYA’S EAST AFRICAN STANDARD CLOSING DUE TO FINANCIAL PROBLEMS
From a UPI bulletin out of Canberra dated September 1st, 1967:The Australian government is defending its decision yesterday to refuse a political asylum
request from deposed former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda, who
have been in exile in Hawaii since the Marcos government collapsed two days ago due to
widespread panic over the current RDS out break in the Philippines...
From the September 5th, 1967 Denver Post:The latest edition of the ongoing Colorado University study on population trends
related to the worldwide RDS epidemic suggests that the date for the extinction of
the human race may be even closer than the worst-case scenario predicted in
past editions. The new study warns that given the acclerating increase in deaths
from the virus itself and the unrest and chaos stemming from the panic caused by
the virus, the last human beings on Earth could die out within less than five years...
From an exchange between two ham radio operators in Madagascar dated
September 8th, 1967:ZK74Y6Q(Sending station, hereafter referred to as ZK74): You heard the news today?
SB91L3(Receiving station, hereafter referred to as SB91): No, why?
ZK74: Ian Smith’s dead.
ZK74: The president of Rhodesia.
SB91: Oh, him. When’d it happen?
ZK74: Last night around 11:30-- they found him in his office. Doctors say it was a heart attack.
SB91: I thought he was too young for that...
ZK74: Nobody’s too young for that these days...
From the September 12th, 1967 El Mercurio:ALL ELECTRICITY IN LIMA OUT
From the September 17th, 1967 Rand Daily Mail:UN REPORTS TOTAL WORLD POPULATION NOW ONLY 1.1 BILLION
TIMES OF GHANA SUSPENDS PUBLICATION
From the September 22nd, 1967 Tulsa Herald:ASSOCIATED PRESS BANKRUPT
HAWAII STATE SENATE APPROVES SECESSION BILL; HOUSE TO VOTE ON BILL NEXT WEEK
From the September 30th, 1967 Honolulu Star-Bulletin:STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES IN FAVOR OF SECESSION BILL;
INDEPENDENCE TO BE DECLARED TOMORROW
From the October 8th, 1967 Denver Post:MARTIAL LAW DECLARED IN JUNEAU
CALGARY ALBERTAN CLOSED
From a UPI bulletin out of Melbourne dated October 16th, 1967:The Australian Navy is investigating rumors that an RDS plague ship may have run aground
on Australia’s western coast...
From the October 20th, 1967 edition of The Australian:FOUR DIE IN BROOME IN AUSTRALIA’S FIRST RDS OUTBREAK
From the Sydney Morning Herald the next day:FEDERAL GOVT. ORDERS BROOME SEALED OFF FROM REST OF NATION
From the October 25th, 1967 Las Vegas Review-Journal:JUNEAU TRIBUNE SUSPENDS PUBLICATION
AUSTRALIAN GOVT. SAYS BROOME RDS DEATH COUNT NOW AT 17
From the November 1967 issue of National Review(USA):ONE NATION INDIVISIBLE? NOT ANYMORE
How Hawaii’s Secession And The RDS Plague Are Shattering America’s
From the November 3rd, 1967 Sydney Morning Herald:BROOME RDS CASUALTIES NOW AT 40;
WORLDWIDE TOLL NOW AT 2.4 BILLION
From the November 8th, 1967 Rand Daily Mail:SA HEALTH AUTHORITIES BRACE FOR NATION’S FIRST RDS CASE
From the November 12th, 1967 Des Moines Register:CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SUSPENDS PUBLICATION DUE TO FINANCIAL WOES
From a UPI bulletin out of Canberra dated November 18th, 1967:
The death toll in Australia’s Broome RDS epidemic has now reached 78 and
From the November 23rd, 1967 Tulsa Herald:DES MOINES REGISTER CLOSED
Was Last Remaining Regularly Published US Daily Paper East Of The Missisippi
From the November 28th, 1967 edition of The Australian:BROOME RDS DEATH COUNT UP TO 182
Fremantle On Alert For Outbreak
From the December 3rd, 1967 Hindustan Times:Times of India Bankrupt
Australia RDS Epidemic Death Toll Nearing 300
From a UPI bulletin out of Honolulu dated December 8th, 1967:Less than three months after declaring its independence from the US mainland,
the provisional government of the so-called Republic of Hawaii is already facing a
constitutional crisis as residents of the island who opposed secession are calling for
the repeal of the Hawaii Union Dissolution Act that was passed back in September…
From an official Iraqi Information Ministry press release dated
December 13th, 1967:We can assure the people of the world that there is no truth to the horrendous rumor
Revolutionary Command Council Chairman Hussein is dead...
From the December 14th, 1967 Tulsa Herald:UNCERTAINTY IN BAGHDAD AS WORLD DEMANDS ANSWERS ABOUT HUSSEIN
From the December 17th, 1967 edition of The Age:DEATH TOLL IN BROOME REACHES 500; FREMANTLE IN LOCKDOWN
From the December 20th, 1967 Denver Post:Saddam Hussein Confirmed Dead
Lack of Money Forces Las Vegas Review-Journal To Close
From the December 24th, 1967 Tulsa Herald:PRESIDENT MCCORMICK DEAD BY SELF-INFLICTED POISONING
First Chief Executive to Commit Suicide While In Office; Leaves Behind
Farewell Note Saying United States Now Only "A Legal Fiction" Due To RDS
From the December 26th, 1967 Sydney Morning Herald:SOMBER BOXING DAY IN AUSTRALIA DUE TO RDS CRISIS
300 DEMONSTRATORS, 17 TROOPS DEAD AS ANTI-QUARANTINE PROTEST IN
BROOME DEGENERATES INTO RIOT
From the December 31st, 1967 El Dia:Financial difficulties and health concerns about certain employees have forced
Brazil’s largest television channel to temporarily cease broadcast operations...
From a UPI bulletin out of Canberra dated January 4th, 1968:
Australia’s prime minister has been wounded in an assassination attempt whose
motives are apparently linked with the RDS quarantine in Broome...
From the January 7th, 1968 Manila Chronicle:NATIONAL RDS DEATH FIGURE EXCEEDS 80,000;
WORLDWIDE TOLL STANDING AT 2.5 BILLION
From the January 12th, 1968 Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal:Denver Post Bankrupt
From the private diary of an American research scientist in Antarctica,
entry dated January 16th, 1968:Well, it’s decided...we’re evacuating here first chance we get, and to
hell with orders. If we stay here much longer it’s a toss-up whether
we die from starvation or frostbite...
From a UPI bulletin out of Omaha dated January 20th, 1968:Disputing the late John McCormick’s assertion that the RDS pandemic
has reduced the United States to "a legal fiction", President Carl Hayden
today announced the dispatching of a diplomatic team to Honolulu with
the intention of trying to persuade Hawaii to rejoin the rest of the US....
From the January 23rd, 1968 Tulsa Herald:ALASKA DECLARES SECESSION FROM US MAINLAND
From a UPI bulletin out of Riyadh dated January 27th, 1968:Saudi Arabia is in chaos tonight with the news that the entire Saudi royal family has
been killed in what appears to be an attempted coup by the Saudi armed forces....
From the February 2nd, 1968 Winnipeg Sun:It is with the deepest regret that we must announce that financial difficulties
and chronic shortages of all the supplies needed to publish this newspaper will
force us to close our doors permanently as of tomorrow. Unfortunately, the
RDS pandemic and the global economic collapse it has caused have left us no
From the February 6th, 1968 Sioux Falls Argus-Leader:2500 DEAD IN AUSTRALIA AS BROOME RDS EPIDEMIC WORSENS
UN HEALTH OFFICIALS EXPECT WORLDWIDE TOLL TO REACH 3 BILLION BY DECEMBER
15,000 DIE IN SANTA FE IN LARGEST MASS SUICIDE IN U.S. HISTORY
From the diary of a University of New Mexico senior, entry dated February 12th, 1968:Life is a joke...why does anyone bother planning for the future anymore when we
all know damn well the world hasn’t got one?! Every day I hear about another paper
closing, another TV station off the air, another city being abandoned. Makes me
wonder why the hell Kennedy bothered to stop Khrushchev from putting those
missiles in Cuba. What more damage could do a few A-bombs to do us than that
bug has done already?!!
From a UPI bulletin out of Doha dated February 17th, 1968:Bedouin caravans have occupied the abandoned, burned-out headquarters
of what was once the Saudi Arabian defense ministry...
From the February 20th, 1968 Sioux Falls Argus-Leader:Tulsa Herald Folds, Citing Financial Losses and Shortages of Paper & Other Materials
From a memo written by the paper’s editor-in-chief to his employees
three days later:We can’t think about quitting, no matter how much we might be tempted
to pack it in…Like it or not, we’re the last remaining regularly published
major newspaper left in the United States, and we still have a responsibility
to our readers even though there are fewer of them than there were before.
I still have hope that one day soon a cure will be found for the Morgan’s
From the February 28th, 1968 Rand Daily Mail:RIOTERS IN CHILE BURN DOWN EL MERCURIO OFFICES
From the March 2nd, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:90% OF BROOME POPULATION WIPED OUT BY RDS
No Official Word From Canberra on Rumours Quarantine Barrier May Have Been
From the March 4th, 1968 edition of The Australian:GOVT. DENIES BROOME QUARANTINE SEAL BROKEN
From the March 5th, 1968 Rand Daily Mail:More than four years have passed since the RDS plague began to destroy our world,
and there are few if any signs that the pandemic is anywhere close to being finished with
its lethal course. Though the global rate of infection has at last begun to slow down, it
may have come too late for the long-term survival of the human race or even any short-
term hope of recovery; some 2.7 billion people have died from the disease itself and untold
millions more have been killed in the unrest and chaos the pandemic has brought about.
Even the largest countries cannot sustain such casualties for long…
One weeps to think of the great cities that now lie deserted as a consequence of the tragedy
that has befallen humanity. In New York, the Statue of Liberty’s torch is extinguished, possibly
forever; in Moscow, the microscopic RDS germ has succeeded where the vast legions of Napoleon
and Hitler failed; in London, Big Ben tolls no more; even the Suez Canal lies empty, its channels
a vast iron and concrete tomb in which the coffin of global commerce lies buried…One wonders
how much longer it will be before our own hospitals start becoming crowded with victims of this
From the diary of a University of North Dakota medical student, entry
dated March 10th, 1968:
The good news is the worldwide infection rate for the Morgan’s virus seems to
be finally slowing down…the bad news is we still haven’t found a cure for the sucker.
And the way things are going in the rest of the world, it may be a moot point anyway;
I just read in the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, which is practically the only paper that’s
still able to print in this country, that the war in Kashmir is getting worse every day.
Not much information from the outside is getting into the States anymore, but from
what does get in it looks there’s going to be nobody left alive in there by the time
the shooting stops. Yesterday I heard a guy actually stood in front of an Indian tank
and blew himself up....
From the March 12th, 1968 edition of The Age:53-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN FREMANTLE HOSPITALIZED WITH RESPIRATORY TROUBLE
FEDERAL GOVT. CONTINUES TO DENY BREACH OF BROOME QUARANTINE SEAL
From a reader’s letter in the same paper:What does Canberra know that they’re not telling us? They keep claiming no
one can get through the Broome quarantine seal, and yet we keep hearing
reports that the seal’s been breached. We need to know the truth, and we
need to know it now before the same thing that happened to Rome and New
York and Montreal happens to us...
From the March 15th, 1968 El Dia:UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY RELOCATING TO SOUTH AFRICA
From the March 17th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:Last Surviving Broome Residents Shot Trying To Flee City
From the March 22nd, 1968 Rand Daily Mail:MANILA CHRONICLE SHUT DOWN FOR LACK OF FUNDS
AUSTRALIA CONTINUES TO DENY BROOME QUARANTINE SEAL BREACH
Outside Sources Claim Death Of Fremantle Woman Linked To Broome RDS Epidemic
From the March 25th, 1968 Sioux Falls Argus-Leader:RAND DAILY MAIL OFFICES ATTACKED AS RIOTS SWEEP SOUTH AFRICA
From the March 30th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:DEMONSTRATORS MARCH OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT HOUSE
TO DEMAND INQUIRY INTO BROOME QUARANTINE RUMOURS
GLOBAL RDS CASUALTIES STAND AT 2.72 BILLION
From a South Africa Broadcasting Corporation news report dated April 2nd, 1968:The RDS scourge that has brought so much death and suffering to
billions of people abroad has finally reached this country. Within the past
hour health officials in Johannesburg have confirmed that three residents of
a town on the border with Botswana have been hospitalized with symptoms of
the Morgan’s virus...
From an Australia Broadcasting Corporation news report dated April 4th,
1968:The federal Attorney General’s office has authorized an inquiry into allegations of a
coverup regarding a possible breach in the quarantine seal around the now-deserted coastal
town of Broome....
From the April 5th, 1968 edition of The Age:PM VOWS FULL CO-OPERATION WITH BROOME INQUIRY
From the April 7th, 1968 Sioux Falls Argus-Leader:
PRESIDENT HAYDEN DEAD OF HEART ATTACK
From the April 14th, 1968 edition of The Australian:BROOME INQUIRY UNCOVERS EVIDENCE OF QUARANTINE
13 DEAD IN FREMANTLE
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL BANKRUPT, FORCED TO
From the April 16th, 1968 People’s Daily Worker:It is with deep and indescribable sorrow that we are forced to
notify our readers that this newspaper must halt publication until
further notice. Though we have tried our best since our evacuation
from Beijing to continue to keep the people informed of daily events
both here and elsewhere, we are forced to acknowledge that the
present circumstances in our country have temporarily rendered this
task impossible to achieve...
From the April 20th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:25 NOW DEAD IN FREMANTLE; BROOME QUARANTINE BREACH
CONFIRMED BY INQUIRY BOARD
SIOUX FALLS ARGUS-LEADER, LAST SURVIVING MAJOR NEWSPAPER
IN NORTH AMERICA, FORCED TO CLOSE ITS DOORS
From a South Africa Broadcasting Corporation news report dated April 25th, 1968:
The death toll in the Morgan’s disease epidemic here in South Africa has
now climbed to 31, according to health officials in Johannesburg. The lethal
virus, which to date has claimed 2.74 billion lives worldwide, was first introduced
to this country at a village near the Botswanan border earlier this month....
From the April 28th, 1968 edition of The Australian:FREMANTLE DEATH TOLL NOW UP TO 31
From an Australian Broadcasting Corporation news report dated May 1st,
1968:The death count now stands at 34 in what federal authorities now admit appears to be
a new outbreak of respiratory disintegration syndrome in the port of Fremantle. This news
comes as massive demonstrations are being held in Canberra to demand the resignation of
the prime minister for his failure to prevent the quarantine breach at Broome which is now
thought to have led to the Fremantle outbreak...
From the May 5th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:TIMES OF ZAMBIA, AFRICA’S LAST MAJOR REGULARLY PUBLISHING NEWSPAPER,
CLOSED DUE TO SEVERE FINANCIAL STRAINS
From the May 8th, 1968 edition of The Age:FREMANTLE DEATH TOLL NOW UP TO 40
From a South African Broadcasting Corporation News Report dated May 10th, 1968:As of 12 noon local time today, Cape Town has been placed under martial law by
direct orders of the prime minister...
From the May 13th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:ANTI-GOVERNMENT RIOTS ERUPT IN BRISBANE
AS FREMANTLE BODY COUNT HITS 51
From a New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation news report dated May
17th, 1968:A merchant vessel captain is scheduled to go on trial tomorrow on
charges of violating the ban travel between New Zealand and Australia
imposed by the Wellington government after the Broome RDS outbreak
began last October….
From the May 20th, 1968 Johannesburg Times:GLOBAL RDS DEATH COUNT REACHES 2.75 BILLION
From the May 24th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:FREMANTLE RDS CASUALTIES UP TO 77
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SCHEDULED TO VOTE TOMORROW ON WHETHER TO
From an editorial in the May 27th, 1968 edition of The Australian:National morale has never been lower at any time in Australia’s history
since the 1st Great Depression. In spite of valiant efforts to rally hope for
the future, many of our fellow Australians seem to take it for granted that
the RDS plague will inevitably wipe out this country just as it has done with
nearly every other country where the virus has appeared…
From a South Africa Broadcasting Corporation news report dated June 1st, 1968:The casualty toll in this country’s RDS epidemic now stands at 85 according to health
officials in Johannesburg. The deadly airborne virus, which to date has claimed almost
2.78 billion lives worldwide, shows every sign of spreading further into the South African
From the June 3rd, 1968 edition of The Australian:RAND DAILY MAIL EDITOR SAYS
HIS PAPER UNLIKELY TO PUBLISH AGAIN IN NEAR FUTURE
From the June 7th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:FREMANTLE DEATH TOLL NOW UP TO 105
PM JEERED BY CROWD DURING SPEECH IN CANBERRA
From an Australian Broadcasting Corporation news report dated June 10th, 1968:The tally of the dead from the Fremantle RDS epidemic now stands at 118 according to
Australian health officials. This news comes just as a new round of anti-government riots is
plaguing Brisbane and Melbourne...
From the June 12th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:FREMANTLE BODY COUNT UP TO 126;
SOUTH AFRICAN CASUALTIES AT 103
WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO REACH 2.9 BILLION BY JULY
From a South African Broadcasting Corporation news report dated June 16th, 1968:Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Soweto have all been placed under
martial law in an effort to keep the mounting RDS crisis from extending
to those cities. In a related development, the Robben Island prison
camp has been placed in lockdown...
From a New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation news report dated June 21st, 1968:The death toll in the Fremantle RDS epidemic now stands
From the June 24th, 1968 Johannesburg Times:SA DEATH TOLL FROM MORGAN’S DISEASE NOW UP TO 118;
WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES AT 2.83 BILLION
From the June 29th, 1968 edition of The Age:Martial law has been declared in Melbourne as anti-government
riots continue to devastate the city. In a related story, the prime
minister is expected to dismiss his minister of health later today
in response to the findings of the Broome inquiry panel...
From the July 1st, 1968 Johannesburg Times:SA DEATHS FROM RDS NOW NUMBERING 127
FREMANTLE BODY COUNT STANDS AT 160
From the July 5th, 1968 edition of The Australian:Federal health officials estimate that if current rates of infection
continue, the RDS plague in Fremantle will have killed 200 people
by next week; these deaths, combined with the 9000 who perished
as a result of the epidemic that wiped out the seaside town of Broome
earlier this year, would put this country on course for a total 10,000
by September due to both the lethal airborne RDS bug and the civil
unrest that the bug’s arrival on Australia’s shores has triggered...
From the July 10th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:GLOBAL RDS DEATH COUNT UP TO 2.9 BILLION
EL DIA, SOUTH AMERICA’S LAST SURVIVING MAJOR NEWSPAPER,
From the July 14th, 1968 Johannesburg Times:SA INTERIOR MINISTER SHOT
From the July 20th, 1968 edition of The Australian:350 Dead In Brisbane In Australia’s First Mass Suicide
From a Channel 9(Australia) news report dated July 22nd, 1968:Tanks are guarding the Lodge this morning as Australia’s
prime minister is being targeted with an ever-growing number of
death threats for his failure to control the Broome and Fremantle
From the diary of an American expatriate (hereafter referred to as Mr. L) living in Christchurch, New Zealand, entry dated July 27th, 1968:Sometimes I wonder why the hell I bother getting out of bed in the
morning. There’s less and less to live for every day, and eventually there
there won’t be anything to live for at all...The news on the radio says we
could hit three billion dead by early December if not sooner. The best I
can hope for right now is that the RDS bug miraculously stays out of New
Zealand until I’m old and gray. Which, I admit, might be a forlorn hope
considering how fast it manages to spread when it gets the chance...
From the August 4th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:500 DEAD IN FREMANTLE RDS EPIDEMIC
Latest Deaths Bring Total Number Of RDS Casualties In Australia
From Mr. L’s diary entry of August 11th, 1968:When I first made up my mind to split the States right after the New
York RDS outbreak started, I thought about moving to Australia but I
decided against it, and it looks like I was right to. That place is tearing
itself to pieces...An hour ago the radio said their prime minister’s chief of
staff hung himself because things are so rotten over there...
From a South African Broadcasting Corporation news report dated August
14th, 1968:The casualty toll in South Africa’s ongoing RDS epidemic has risen to
158 as the government prepares to institute martial law in the black
township of Soweto....
From an editorial in the August 22nd, 1968 edition of The Australian:
With regret, we must announce that tomorrow we will be
forced to suspend publication until further notice due to
the increasingly untenable strain placed on our resources,
financial and otherwise, by the RDS epidemic that has wrecked
so much of the outside world and continues to afflict our own
country right up to the present minute...
From Mr. L’s diary entry of August 31st, 1968:There’s been another mass suicide in Brisbane-- 400 people this time. It’s like
the human race is just giving up on itself....The Catholic Church used to frown
on suicide of any kind, but with it being split into a hundred pieces you don’t
hear much protest from the clergy about that; they’re too busy blaming each
other for not finding somebody to take over after Pope Paul VI bought it....
From the September 2nd, 1968 edition of The Age:FORMER U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL WALDHEIM FOUND DEAD
South African Coroner Believes Ex-United Nations Leader Poisoned Himself
From an editorial in the next day’s edition:The unexpected suicide of Kurt Waldheim has put the last nail in the coffin of
what was once a shining dream of lasting global peace. We will never know what
went through Waldheim’s mind in the final days of his life, but we can surely
imagine the heartbreak he must have felt at seeing the once-proud UN collapse
in the face of the horrors brought on by the RDS pandemic....
From the September 10th, 1968 Johannesburg Times:SA MORGAN’s DISEASE CASUALTIES NOW IN EXCESS OF 200
From the September 15th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:Health Experts Warn Nationwide RDS Death Toll Will Surpass 10,000
In Next 5-7 Days
From Mr. L’s diary entry of September 21st, 1968:Just heard on the radio one of Australia’s biggest banks has crashed....
Like things over there weren’t bad enough already...
From a South African Broadcasting Corporation news report dated September 29th, 1968:Two more South Africans have succumbed to respiratory disintegration
syndrome, bringing the nationwide total number of casualties from the
current epidemic up to 237...
From the October 7th, 1968 Wellington Telegraph(New Zealand):GLOBAL RDS DEATH COUNT PROJECTED TO REACH THREE BILLION
WITHIN LESS THAN 45 DAYS
NZ’s Top Biologist Warns Human Race Only One Year Away From Extinction
From Mr. L’s diary entry of October 14th, 1968:They say Brisbane’s a war zone--you can’t walk two feet without hearing somebody
being shot, or getting shot yourself. Half the people in Australia are mad at the
government for what happened with the Broome quarantine and the other half are
busy dodging bullets...it’s like the Wild West in some towns.
The Parliament here, meanwhile, is busy arguing over whether to send a survey
party across the Pacific to investigate how things are back in what used to be
the United States and Canada. The guys who support the expedition say it’s our
only chance to know the truth about whether there’s still anybody left alive in
North America; the guys who are against it insist that it violates the overseas
travel ban, and even if it doesn’t it risks bringing the RDS bug here...
From a New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation news report dated October 18th, 1968:The toll from South Africa’s RDS epidemic now exceeds 250, according
to South African health officials in Johannesburg. Closer to home, the
Parliament is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the prime minister’s proposal
to form a survey expedition for the purpose of investigating whether there
are any human inhabitants left in North America...
In Australia, the mayor of Sydney and three of his aides were lynched by
From the October 24th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:NATIONWIDE RDS DEATH COUNT NOW STANDS AT 10,450
BRISBANE UNDER MARTIAL LAW AFTER LATEST STRING OF CIVIL UNREST
From a New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation news report dated November 2nd, 1968:The Special Expedition to North America has begun preparations for its
departure in five days’ time. The 65-man scientific party, comprised of people
representing all of New Zealand’s finest science institutions, has been assigned
to explore the western parts of the United States and Canada in hopes of
learning whether there are any human inhabitants left in either country...
From Mr. L’s diary entry of November 7th, 1968:I kind of wish I was going on that special expedition back to the States…Hearing
about it makes me think about all the things I still miss over there. I can’t begin
to say how long it’s been since the last time I went to a ballgame or saw a show on
From the November 10th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:THE AGE, BANKRUPT, TERMINATES PUBLICATION
From a South African Broadcasting Corporation news report dated November 14th, 1968:Durban is under pre-emptive quarantine this afternoon as the death toll
in this country’s RDS epidemic now stands at 315…
From the November 21st, 1968 Wellington Telegraph:WORLDWIDE RDS DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO REACH THREE BILLION WITHIN NEXT 4-6 DAYS
SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET EVACUATE PRETORIA
From Mr. L’s diary entry of November 25th, 1968:The radio news just announced the world’s three billionth RDS casualty…
I didn’t catch everything they said, but I did hear them mention that it was
a South African farmer who’d been admitted to the hospital the day before…
From the November 30th, 1968 Sydney Morning Herald:RDS DEATH TOLL IN AUSTRALIA STANDS AT 11,000
NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA COLLAPSES
NZ SPECIAL EXPEDITION TO NORTH AMERICA REPORTS NO SURVIVORS
IN LOS ANGELES
Civil Unrest Believed To Have Killed Off Last Of City’s Human Population In Late
1966 Or Early 1967
From the December 3rd, 1968 Johannesburg Times:JOHANNESBURG SEES FIRST RDS CASE
MAYOR OF PRETORIA SAYS HIS CITY ‘IN SHEER PANIC’
To Be Continued