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What happens when:

  • A graduate from the University of Chicago moves to Plattsburgh, New York?
  • An Indian-born PHD graduate is offered a position as a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary?
  • An estranged father fails to make it in the United States, and reunites with his family in Alberta?
  • One media company outbids another for a newspaper in New England?
  • And the first black Governor of Virginia mounts a long-shot bid for the U.S. Senate?

Not much, at first.

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At least in the grand scheme, nothing happens in immediately following these five events - they are bolded for reference. The world, however, is slowly and permanently altered.

For better or for worse, history lurches away from our present.

Timeline of Events

1960s-1980s

1964

  • University of Chicago graduate Bernard Sanders graduates moves to Plattsburgh, New York.

1969

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  • Ajit Singh Randhawa earns a PhD degree from the University of British Columbia, and receives an offer for a position as a professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary.

1970

November 3:

  • Sanders first runs for political office in the New York Senate election as a the Socialist Labor nominee. He comes in fourth place, against James Buckley, Richard Ottinger, and Charles Goodell.

December 22:

1972

January 20:

1974

  • Cruz’s father leaves his family and moves to Texas. Later in the year, after Cruz Sr. is inspired by a Baptist Bible study session, he reaches out to Elanor. They reconcile and relocate their family to Edmonton.

1983

  • After a series of unsuccessful political campaigns, Sanders wins election as Mayor of Plattsburgh, New York.

1990s

1992

November 3:

  • Sanders wins election to the House of Representatives from New York’s 21st district.

1993

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Gov. Doug Wilder

September 14:

  • Governor Doug Wilder of Virginia continues his campaign for U.S. Senator, deciding against dropping out of the race.

1994

November 8:

  • Oliver North is elected to the United States Senate from Virginia in a four-way race.

1996

  • Feb 19: The Providence Journal Company is sold to Gatehouse Media for $1.6 billion.
  • Summer: Nikki Randhawa marries Lawrence Pedersen, a technician at RCAF Station High River, Alberta.

1999

  • Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan announces his retirement; New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is seen as the frontrunner and likely Republican nominee.
  • New York Democrats attempt to recruit First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to run against Giuliani, but she opts instead to launch a campaign against Oliver North for his Senate seat. She buys a home in Culpeper, Virginia.
  • Representative Sanders announces his run for the Senate seat as an independent.
  • Following the passing of Senator John Chafee, Lincoln Chafee, Mayor of Warwick, is appointed to his father's Senate seat.

2000s

2000

May 19:

  • Despite a tumultuous four weeks, including the revelation of early-stage prostate cancer and separation from his wife, Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues with his Senate campaign.
Hillary Clinton in 1999

November 7:

  • Hillary Clinton wins election to the United States Senate from Virginia against Oliver North, despite Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush carrying the state and winning the White House.
  • Rudy Giuliani wins election to the United States Senate from New York, defeating Sanders and Representative Nita Lowry.

2003

  • May: Cruz becomes Chief Crown Prosecutor of Edmonton.

2006

November 7:

  • Hillary Clinton wins re-election to the Senate, defeating Republican nominee Representative Jo Ann Davis.
  • Incumbent Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island is defeated in his re-election bid against former state Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse.

2008

June 1:

  • Chafee joins the advisory board of J Street, a lobbying group that promotes diplomatic relations between Israel and its neighbors and supports an independent Palestinian state.

2010s

2010

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January 4:

  • Lincoln Chafee announces his candidacy for Governor of Rhode Island as an independent.

Feb 2:

  • Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes wins a narrow Democratic gubernatorial primary against incumbent Governor Pat Quinn.

June 22:

  • Andre Bauer wins the Republican gubernatorial primary runoff election in South Carolina.

November 2:

2011

January 4:

  • Chafee enlists the support of Paradigm Media Consultants in his office, who persuade him not to adopt an "avoidance policy" of not giving interviews on the radio.

March 8:

  • Governor Chafee unveils his budget plan - he does not extend a tax to newspapers, and he maintains an amicable relationship with the press.

June 25:

August 12:

  • Robert Mugabe steps down as President of Zimbabwe, and becomes Senator-for-Life in a constitutional rewrite that protects him from prosecution; Vice President Joice Mujuru becomes President.

2012

February 23:

  • Lincoln Chafee is announced as a campaign co-chair for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid, and declares his registration as a member of the Democratic Party.

November 6:

  • Chelsea Clinton wins election to the House of Representatives from Arkansas’ 2nd district.

December 6:

  • President Mujuru is expelled from her party during the ZANU-PF Annual Conference; former First Lady Grace Mugabe succeeds her as party leader.

2013

July 31:

  • Grace Mugabe is elected President of Zimbabwe; many international monitors describe the vote as "highly flawed" and "fraudulent."

2014

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October 16:

  • Hurricane Gonzalo makes landfall in Kingston, Jamaica. It veers towards the Atlantic coast.

October 17-24th:

  • President Obama, the Governors of Atlantic states from Florida through Massachusetts, and the Mayor of D.C. declare states of emergency.
  • Evacuations begin.

October 26:

  • Hurricane Gonzalo dissipates: a total of 306 Americans die directly or indirectly from the storm. There's $112 billion in damages and losses, making it the costliest hurricane in U.S. history.

November 4:

2015

March 28:

  • Felito Cruz runs for and wins in the Wildrose Party leadership election.

April 4: The Providence Rhode Island Riots Start

April 9:

  • Chafee announces his exploratory committee for the 2016 Presidential election.

April 12:

  • Former Secretary of State and former Senator from Virginia Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.

April 14:The Providence Rhode Island Riots end

May 5:

  • Cruz wins election as Premier of Alberta. Without a majority, the Wildrose Party forms the first minority government in Albertan history.

May 12:

  • After becoming disillusioned with Sanders’ campaign for President, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig decides against a presidential run of his own. He reaches out to the Chafee exploratory committee.

May 30:

June 3:

June 15:

June 16:

  • Businessman and reality show host Donald Trump announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

June 24:

2016

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2016 Iowa Democratic Caucuses

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2016 Iowa Republican Caucuses

February 1:

  • Donald Trump wins the Republican caucuses in Iowa. Senator Rand Paul, former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, and former Governor Mike Huckabee drop out of the race for the Republican nomination; Paul considers running for the Libertarian nomination.

February 9:

  • Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Democratic Primary. Lincoln Chafee wins an unexpectedly strong second place.
  • Donald Trump wins the New Hampshire Republican Primary. Carly Fiorina, Governor Chris Christie, and former Governor Jim Gilmore drop out of the race for the Republican nomination.

March 1:

  • The Super Tuesday contests take place.
  • Clinton sweeps the popular vote and the majority of Democratic contests; Sanders, O'Malley, and Chafee continue their campaigns.
  • Clashes erupt between supporters of the Sanders and Chafee campaigns at the University of Minnesota, following Clinton's victory in the state's caucus.
  • Trump sweeps a majority of the Republican contests and wins a plurality of the vote; Jindal emerges as his clearest rival for the nomination.

March 6:

  • Lincoln Chafee wins his first contest of the primary season, winning a plurality of votes in the Maine caucuses.

March 15:

  • Donald Trump wins the Republican primaries in Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, and the Northern Mariana Islands; Kasich wins the primary in his home state of Ohio. Rubio suspends his campaign.
  • Clinton wins the Ohio and North Carolina primaries, while O'Malley wins the Florida and Illinois primaries and Sanders wins the Missouri primary.
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May 3:

  • A wildfire sweeps through Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Albertan history

June 30:

  • Michael Gove, UK Secretary of State for Justice, endorses Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London, for Leader of the Conservative Party, stating that Johnson would "provide the necessary leadership to build the team for the task ahead."

July 11:

  • Boris Johnson wins the final ballot for Leader of the conservative Party, defeating Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Crabb, and Liam Fox.

July 13:

  • Boris Johnson takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

July 15:

  • The Peace at Home Council attempts a coup against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey; the Turkish Civil War begins.
  • The Council seizes control of Ankara and a handful of other cities across the country.
  • Erdoğan is besieged while on vacation at the resort town of Marmaris; Council soldiers take control of Dalaman Airport and prevent Erdoğan from leaving the villa.
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Soldiers of the PHC in Ankara.

July 16-23:

  • Turkish government forces, in conjunction with Greek and British forces, work to remove the estimated 50,000 foreign tourists trapped in Marmaris and other resort towns in Turkey.

July 24:

  • The Battle of Marmaris ends; Erdoğan and his staff escape to Istanbul, where he delivers a televised speech urging supporters to take to the streets against the Council.

September 6:

  • Cruz announces that he would be switching his party affiliation to the Conservative Party, in order to run in the federal leadership election in 2017.

September 8:

  • Albertan opposition leader Rachel Notley, of the NDP, introduced a motion of no confidence. Three Progressive Conservative MLAs joined the Liberals and New Democrats in supporting the motion, violating a previous agreement between their party and the Cruz government.

September 19:

  • The Legislative Assembly reconvenes, and the motion of no confidence is put to a vote. The Cruz government is sustained by a razor-thin 44-43 vote.
  • Cruz reshuffles his cabinet, leading a coalition government of the Wildrose Party, Progressive Conservatives, and the Alberta Party.

October 30:

  • José Ramírez hits a home run for Cleveland in the second inning off of Jon Lester, and Rajai Davis scores a run off Lester in the sixth inning. The Indians clinch the World Series for Cleveland.

November 8:

November 21:

  • The Erdoğan government fully reclaims the last pockets of Council resistance in Ankara and Kars; the Turkish Civil War ends.

November 28:

  • Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) introduce the Effective Capital for Long Term Growth Act, seeking to combat "quarterly capitalism." Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces the Senate version of the bill.

2017

January 3:

January 17:

January 20:

  • Hillary Clinton is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States; Luis Gutierrez is inaugurated as the 48th Vice President.
  • Gary Locke takes office as Secretary of State; Martin O'Malley takes office as Secretary of Homeland Security.

February 1:

  • The Senate passes the Effective Capital Investment Act by a 58-42 margin.

February 10:

  • The Effective Capital Investment Act passes the House by a 231-198 margin.
  • Tim Wu is appointed Commissioner and Chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

February 13:

  • President Clinton signs the ECIA into law.

February 21:

  • Clinton signs legislation enabling the creation of an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections. It is chaired by Avril Haines, former Deputy National Security Advisor and former Deputy Director of the CIA, and Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor.

February 25:

March 20:

  • Lincoln Chafee's diplomatic credentials are received by Secretary-General Luis Almago; he becomes the United States Ambassador to the OAS.

March 27:

  • The Offshore Finances Repatriation and Reinvestment Act is introduced in the Senate, co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
  • The Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Venezuela takes over legislative powers of the National Assembly.
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The No-Fly Zone in Northern Syria, as agreed upon by Locke and Çavuşoğlu.

March 30:

  • Following their meeting, Secretary of State Gary Locke and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu issue a joint statement, supporting a no-fly zone in Northern Syria. Discussion of U.S. support of Syrian Democratic Forces is left to a later time.

April 1:

  • Following mass protests and international condemnation, the STJ of Venezuela reviews its decision, but decides to maintain its self-coup; protests continue.

April 4:

  • The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad unleashes a chemical gas attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun, killing at least 74 people and injured more than 557.

April 6:

  • President Hillary Clinton announces joint air strikes on many of Assad's air fields with Turkish and Qatari forces. She sends a letter to Speaker of the House Charlie Dent, and Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, notifying them of the strike.
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The exempted govornorates, as discussed between Locke and Lavrov.

  • In phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Secretary Locke assures his counterpart that the Syrian governorates of Latakia, Tartus, and Damascus will not be targeted by the coalition airstrikes.

April 16:

  • The Turkish constitutional referendum passes with a contested 54% of the vote, greatly expanding the powers of the Turkish Presidency.

April 26:

  • President Maduro of Venezuela announces that his country will withdraw from the Organization of American States, kicking off a two-year process and worsening the diplomatic crisis.

May 17:

  • During a state visit to Washington, DC, bodyguards of Erdoğan clash violently with protesters; nine people are hospitalized; the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, is summoned to the State Department.

May 19:

  • The Clinton administration and the Locke State Department compels Ambassador Kılıç to return to Turkey; John Bass, the Ambassador to Turkey, is recalled to the United States.

May 24:

May 27:

  • Nimrata "Nikki" Petersen wins the leadership election for the Conservative Party of Canada.

May 31:

  • Clinton announces the selection of Ellen Tauscher - former U.S. Representative from California and former Under Secretary of State - as her selection for the United States Ambassador to Turkey.

June 5:

  • Led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, several countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar.
  • Felito Cruz announces the merger of the Progressive Conservative Party in Alberta with the Wildrose Party, and the creation of a new national party - One Canada.

July 10:

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declares that Mosul - the largest city occupied by the terrorist group - has been liberated from ISIL.
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Education Secretary Randi Weingarten

July 11:

  • Wikileaks publishes the documents from The New York Times. Among the revelations are:
    • Undisclosed communications between the Turkish government and the United States Department of Education, including Secretary Randi Weingarten, seemingly targeting charter schools run by the Gülen movement.
    • A an undisclosed $900 million of direct financing given to the Venezuelan government by Goldman Sachs, through the front company Paxehaknik Management.

July 12:

  • RNC Chairwoman Carly Fiorina calls for investigations into the document leaks and the Education Department, a sentiment later echoed by House Speaker Charlie Dent and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
  • The Assyrian Democratic Movement proclaims the "Assyrian National Homeland," and elects Yonadam Kanna as President; he calls for Assyrians to take part in the Kurdish independence referendum, then hold a separate referendum later in 2017, in an "independence two-step."

July 17:

  • The Venezuelan opposition holds a symbolic referendum rejecting the Constitutional Assembly.

July 29:

  • Citing "interference of foreign powers", Maduro delays the planned Constitutional Assembly election indefinitely.

August 11–12:

  • The Unite the Right Rally occurs. Six people die; two police officers in a helicopter crash, and four civilians in a vehicle ramming attack.

August 28-September 19:

  • Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria strike the United States in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, displacing tens of thousands of people, or leaving them without power.
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Cruz on the campaign trail.

September 14:

September 25:

  • Iraqi Kurdistan holds a referendum supporting independence from Iraq.
  • Iraq places an embargo on international airports flying to and from Kurdistan.

October 8:

October 16:

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