Friday, June 24, 2016
1374 - A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.This phenomena, know as “Dancing Mania” spread throughout Europe over the next few decades.
And still continues to effect “victims” all over the world today…
Thursday, June 23, 2016
1314: Battle of Bannockburn begins. With the losses of great patriots like Andrew de Moray and William Wallace still weighing heavily on their hearts, Robert the Bruce leads his troops to victory, winning Scottish Independence from England, and an Oscar for Mel Gibson.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
1876: The first Gorilla arrives on British soil. Sings a few verses of “Rule, Britannia!”
Monday, June 20, 2016
1212 - French & Spanish crusaders united against the Almohaden at Toledo–the city which now happens to be very famous for its swords. Most of the people that live there now must be pretty sharp!
Sunday, June 19, 2016
1464 - French King Louis XI formed The Postal Service aka Poste Royale. And yes, we are talking about the actual delivery system of mail, not the totally awesome alternative/rock band!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
1815: The Battle of Waterloo, Belgium. Napoleon and Wellington ‘duke’ it out (see what we did there) and along the way incidentally provide ABBA with the keys to stardom!
The British victory at Waterloo heralded the end of Napoleonic ascendancy in Europe after over ten years as Emperor of The French.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
1785: Francois de Rozier becomes the first air ballooning fatality. No truth to the to rumor he was texting while ballooning.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
337: Emperor Constantine the Great dies, age 65, after a reign of 30+ years. After converting Rome to Chrisitanity, and founding a second empire at Constantinople, he dies before being able to collect Social Security.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
This music video for Team Marco Polo involved creating a fake concert stage with colored lights, animating a still image to create theatrical fog, keying green-screen footage and compositing several shots together to create the illusion of a one-man clone band!