History Schmistory, March 30: Hank wants a new toy!

1533 – Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon, which leads to the creation of the Anglican church, lots of bloody history over the next hundred years, and several good Shakespeare plays.
Hank

History Schmistory, March 29: Beethoven Rolls Over!

1795 – Beethoven (age 24) debuts as pianist in Vienna.

History Schmistory, March 28: Mona Winks!

1794 – The Louvre Museum in Paris opens to the public.
Leonardo Da Viinci's Masterpiece.  Not.

History Schmistory, March 26: What do you think of our government, baby?

1871 – Paris Commune, often said to be the first example of working people taking power, is founded.The commune ended after just two months. Great veggie meals and ultimate frisbee, but, unfortunately, no one wanted to do the dishes or clean the bathrooms.

History Schmistory, March 25: A lotta good that King’s Ransom did us.

1199 – Richard I (Lionheart) is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6. Richard was kidnapped in Austria on his way back from the Crusades, held in Castle Durnstein, and was exchanged for a “King’s Ransom” raised by his resourceful and intrepid mother, Eleanor of Acquitaine.

History Schmistory, March 23: B & F become BFFs!

1657 – Britain & France form alliance against Spain.

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.

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