History Schmistory, March 26: What do you think of our government, baby?

1871 – Paris Commune, often said to be the first example of working people taking power, is founded.The commune ended after just two months. Great veggie meals and ultimate frisbee, but, unfortunately, no one wanted to do the dishes or clean the bathrooms.

Paris in the Springtime continues: How to say “hot” and “cold” in French. For kids!

People are either “chaud” or “frois” on speaking French. Find out how to say it with Gabi from Team Marco Polo!

History Schmistory, March 25: A lotta good that King’s Ransom did us.

1199 – Richard I (Lionheart) is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6. Richard was kidnapped in Austria on his way back from the Crusades, held in Castle Durnstein, and was exchanged for a “King’s Ransom” raised by his resourceful and intrepid mother, Eleanor of Acquitaine.

Paris in the Springtime: Euronerd Paris Tips Part 1

Visit Paris with Steve Ricks, the world’s #1 Euronerd in the Official Parody of Rick Steves’ PBS Show.

Paris in the Springtime: Euronerd Paris Tips Part 2

He’s baaack! Springtime in Paris week features part 2 of our favorite Euronerd’s tour of the City of Lights!

History Schmistory, March 24: I’ll be Bach

1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburg Concerts.

History Schmistory: December 31st – Happy New Year!

1904, New York

The first new years eve party is held in Times Square. The first ball drop happened 3 years later.

Phier at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Phier at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

 

History Schmistory: December 30th – A match made in literary heaven

1816

Reknowned poet Percy Bysse Shelley (of Ozymandias fame) marries Mary Godwin. Mary will go on to write Frankenstein and arguably become the more famous of the pair… wonder what ole Percy made of that….

Richard Rothwell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Amelia Curran (1775-1847) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Percy Bysse Shelley By Amelia Curran (1775-1847) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

New Year’s Day in History: History Schmistory

What happened on New Year’s Day in History? With jokes.

History Schmistory: December 29th – Howdy Cowboys

1845

Texas is admitted as the 28th state in the Union. Yee-ha!

 

John C. H. Grabill [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

John C. H. Grabill [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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