History Schmistory: June 30. Has anyone seen the bridge?

1894: Tower Bridge opens in London. Tower Records opens 66 years later…
"Creative Commons, Tower Bridge", by  Dave Stravern, licensed under CC BY

“Tower Bridge”, by Dave Stravern, licensed under CC BY

History Schmistory, June 29: A Midsummer Nightmare

1613 - Shakespeare’s Globe Theater burned down. That light through the yonder window breaking? It was a fire. And while all that glistens may not be gold, all that is red and hot is most likely going to burn down a building.

 

"Globe Theatre, circa 1616" - Detail from van Visscher's original panorama, circa 1616.

“Globe Theatre, circa 1616″ – Detail from van Visscher’s original panorama, circa 1616.

History Schmistory, June 28: The Tomato Playing Ketch-up!

1820 - The tomato was proven to be non-poisonous. Thank goodness for that…our most important foods (pizza, spaghetti, burgers) would never have been the same!

Way to go tomatoes!  "Jumping tomato" by Gabi Greve /CC BY

Way to go tomatoes!
“Jumping tomato” by Gabi Greve /CC BY

History Schmistory: June 27. Ka-ching

1967: The first cash machine/ATM begins service in Britain. Locals celebrate by forming an orderly line!
ATM

‘Waiting in line… what the Brits do best!”
“Cash point” by Mat Hyde / CC BY

History Schmistory: June 26. Quite a ride for twenty-five cents!

1927: the Cyclone; arguably the father of the modern roller-coaster, opens at Coney Island to much fanfare and vomit.

"Cyclone in Fog," by Missy S / CC BY

“Cyclone in Fog,” by Missy S / CC BY

History Schmistory: June 25. Custer Bites the Bighorn.

1876: the ill-fated Battle of Little Bighorn culminates in the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Gary Larson said it best:

History Schmistory, June 24: Dance Dance Revolution!

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…

 

 

History Schmistory: June 23. Frrreeeedooooooom!!!

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.

"My BraveHeart" by  Loren Kerns / CC BY

“My BraveHeart” by Loren Kerns / CC BY

 

History Schmistory: June 22. The Louis and Marie Show

1791: The fleeing King Louis XVI of France and his wife, Marie Antoinette, are caught at a bridge over the river Varennes and returned to Paris. Not a good place to be-headed…
By Jean Duplessis-Bertaux (1750-1818), d'après un dessin de Jean-Louis Prieur. Reproduction par P. G. Berthault dans les Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française. ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jean Duplessis-Bertaux (1750-1818), d’après un dessin de Jean-Louis Prieur. Reproduction par P. G. Berthault dans les Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française. ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: June 21. Gorillas in the Fog.

1876: The first Gorilla arrives on British soil. Sings a few verses of “Rule, Britannia!”

 

 

'Happy to be here?' 'Gorilla' by Matthias Appel," CC BY

‘Happy to be here?’
‘Gorilla’ by Matthias Appel,” CC BY

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