History Schmistory: June 18th: Waterloo Sunset!

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.

"Creative commons, Napoléon Bonaparte, 1798"  digital watercolor from painting by Édouard Detaille by Now Idonoa /CCBY

“Napoléon Bonaparte, 1798″
digital watercolor from painting by Édouard Detaille by Now Idonoa /CCBY

 

 

History Schmistory: June 15. Other than that, how was the flight?

1785: Francois de Rozier becomes the first air ballooning fatality. No truth to the to rumor he was texting while ballooning.

Other than that how was the flight?  "Ascension captive d'une montgolfière (Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier) dans les jardins de la papèterie Réveillon, le 19 octobre 1783." Claude-Louis Desrais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Other than that how was the flight?
“Ascension captive d’une montgolfière (Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier) dans les jardins de la papèterie Réveillon, le 19 octobre 1783.” Claude-Louis Desrais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: June 14. Bad Day for the British Monarchy.

1645: Battle of Naseby; Parliamentarians defeat Charles I. Based on the photo, it should have been called the Battle of Noseby.

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Ludicrous Latin: Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite.

Don’t applaud. Just throw money.

History Schmistory: June 13. The Peasants are Revolting.

1381: The Peasants Revolt begins in England. Wat Tyler leads a crowd of peasants who spend two glorious days killing the Archbishop of Canterbury and drinking in London. Then Wat Tyler was killed and the revolt ended. They got to keep their swag.

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History Schmistory: June 12. Baaaad Blood.

1667: The first successful blood transfusion: Jean-Baptiste Denys transfuses a fifteen year old boy with sheep’s blood.

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History Schmistory: June 11. Hank 8 gets Hitched.

1509: Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon, wife number one. Guests who attend five subsequent weddings begin buying gifts in bulk at Costco.

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History Schmistory: June 9. Debate cut off.

1815: The Congress of Vienna, called to remake Europe after the fall of Napolean, closes. Members celebrated by waltzing and eating those long cookies and little sausages served in tin cans. Weird.

History Schmistory: June 10. A soggy and boring rivalry begins!

1829: The first Oxford versus Cambridge University boat race; it is still held annually for fans who find cricket too exciting.

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History Schmistory: June 8. Crown me, please!

1867: Emperer Francis I of Austria is crowned King of Hungary following the ‘Ausgleich’. Looks like he already had quite a crown on his head. Did NOT do well on Match.com.

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