History Schmistory: April 19. Francis Drake Opens a Can o’ Whoop A**

April 19. 1587: Francis Drake attacks the Spanish fleet while it’s moored in Cadiz harbour. Before firing, the Spanish ask if he has any Drake’s coffee cake. Drake fires on the Spanish instead.

History Schistory, April 19: Drake sinks Armada

1587 - Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet, which shifts the balance of power in the world away from Spain and toward England and France. How did he ever manage to sink such a huge car? Oh, wait, the car is named after the fleet, not the other way around.  Got it!

History Schmistory: April 18. The Euro is born.

On April 18, 1999, The Euro became the official currency of 11 European countries. Terms like “Eurotrash” and “Euronerd” are now worth more money.

History Schmistory: April 17. Martin Luther Faces Diet of Worms.

1521. Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. Didn’t go so great for Luther. If you faced a Diet of Worms, how well do you think it would go for you?

History Schmistory, April 17: Canterbury Tales Told for the First Time!

1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury starts. After all, it does start “Whan that aprill with his shoures soote the droghte of march hath perced to the roote”

Ludicrous Latin: Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse

No, excuse me, I believe I’m next.

Royal Wedding Pizza

Now THIS gets you in the mood for a wedding! What’s your favorite topping?

History Schmistory: April 16. First Woman to Fly Across English Channel.

1912. Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. British historians were quoted saying: “Finally, a bird flies south!”

Ludicrous Latin: Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.

If Caesar were alive, you’d be chained to an oar!

History Schmistory: April 15. Czechoslovakia goes Schizo!

1993. Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic gets the house and Slovakia gets the car.

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