New Year’s Day in History: History Schmistory

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

History Schmistory: December 25 in History

Ever wondered what happened in history on Christmas Day. Here are some of the biggies, with jokes.

MarcoWord (French): Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (French): Joyeux Noël. Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël, my French friend. Whoa, change one letter and ‘French friend’ looks like ‘French Fried!’ Cool!”

Grocerymania, Joyeux Noel Metro 1960, via flick, creative commons contribution


MarcoWord (German): Fröhliche Weihnachten (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (German): Fröhliche Weihnachten. Merry Christmas. Fröhliche Weihnachten! Can I pay in Euros?”


History Schmistory: December 21. Collect Them All!

1937: Walt Disney introduces the world to it’s first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While sharing the movie with the world, he still refuses to share his toys., [public domain]

History Schmistory: December 20. It’s a Challenging Afterlife.

1946: The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City, and good ol’ Clarence finally gets his wings's_A_Wonderful_Life.jpg’s_A_Wonderful_Life.jpg [public domain]

Today’s MarcoWord (Indonesian): Selamat Hari Natal (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Indonesian): Selamat Hari Natal. Merry Christmas. Selamat Hari Natal, fellow Indonesioners!”

History Schmistory: December 18. The Dynasty Formerly Known As…

1271: Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty. He later renames his new visitor Marco Polo “Pompous Infectious,” But of course there’s no record of that either!

Ladies and gentlemen... The Emperor! [public domain]

Ladies and gentlemen… The Emperor!
[public domain]

Today’s MarcoWord (Croatian): Sretan Bozic (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Croatian): Sretan Bozic. Merry Christmas. Sretan Bozic! You think Christmas in Zadar is huge–you should check out Dubrovnik!”

History Schmistory: December 17. Straighten Up and Fly, Wright!

1903: The Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville make their first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The original Wright Flyer is now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, apparently with Orville still clinging to it.

RadioFan ] [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

RadioFan ] [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

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