History Schmistory: January 31. Off with his head!

1606: London, England. The infamous Guy Fawkes is executed for his attempt to blow up parliament and King James I in ‘The Gunpowder Plot.’


The execution of Guy Fawkes' By Claes (Nicolaes) Jansz Visscher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

‘The execution of Guy Fawkes’
By Claes (Nicolaes) Jansz Visscher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fun fact: The Brit’s mark the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot annually on November 5th with fireworks and bonfires…who say’s you can’t turn an assassination attempt into a party?!





















History Schmistory: January 30. Hi-yo, Silver!

January 30, 1933. Lone Ranger radio show debuts!

Howdy partner!

Howdy partner!

Full Video Schmistory: January 29!

What do Kansas, Mercedes Benz, Edgar Allan Poe and mad King George III all have in common? January 29th, silly!

History Schmistory: January 28. “Dear Horace, I just had a happy accident.”

1754: The first use of the word “serendipity” in the English language is noted in a letter from Horace Walpole to Horace Mann. A letter between Horaces! Walpole said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of”. Mann convinced Walpole to truncate the fledgling term from the original; “Serendipity-doo-dah.”

Serendipity by Nila Sivatheesan, April 7, 2014 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

Serendipity by Nila Sivatheesan, April 7, 2014 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

History Schmistory: January 28. A Brick is Born!

January 28, 1958. Lego patents its signature brick.

History Schmistory: January 27. “Isn’t the world awesome! Let’s start a club!”

Cover of the first edition, [public domain]

1888: The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. by a collective of 33 explorers and scientists. Their mission: “To increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical, and natural resources.” Later the group added, “and yellow rectangles!”

History Schmistory: January 27. Telegrams Stop.

January 27, 2006. Western Union discontinues telegram services. Finally.

History Schmistory: January 26. Did you sea that?

1911: Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane, executing a flawless landing, a feat that remains much more difficult than it looks.

By MoD Photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is…..By MoD Photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



History Schmistory: January 26. ROCK!

January 26, 1905. History’s largest diamond discovered!

History Schmistory: January 25. She’s Baaaaaack!

Nellie Bly, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Nellie_Bly_journalist.jpg [public domain]

1890: Renowned journalist, Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in record time, beating Jules Verne’s prediction from his famous novel Around the World in 80 Days.
Before she set out, her goal was to complete the journey in 75 days. In their brief meeting, Jules Verne himself was quoted as saying “If you do it in 79 days, I shall applaud with both hands. But 75 days -mon Dieu- that would be a miracle.” Try 72, Jules! Phileas Fogg was a pansy! …That’s totally what she said when she got back :)

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