History Schmistory: November 22. Maynaaaarrrrrrrrd!

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1718: Off the coast of North Carolina, renowned and dreaded English pirate Edward Teach, the original “Blackbeard”, is killed during a battle with a small battalion of the Royal Navy, led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
They cut off his head and fastened it to the bow of the ship for all to see. As for the beard, the Lieutenant had his own plans…