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.

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.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Walt_Disney_Snow_white_1937_trailer_screenshot_(13).jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Walt_Disney_Snow_white_1937_trailer_screenshot_(13).jpg, [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

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/It's_A_Wonderful_Life.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/It’s_A_Wonderful_Life.jpg [public domain]

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]

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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

RadioFan ] [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 16. “I rule.”

1431: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris, making him the only historical figure worthy of a Shakespearian Trilogy.

 

Henry VI, unknown artist - National Portrait Gallery: NPG 2457.

Henry VI, unknown artist – National Portrait Gallery: NPG 2457. [public domain]

History Schmistory: December 15. Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for Marco?

1973: The Pirates of the Caribbean water ride opens in Disneyland. Marco rides for two weeks straight. (But he’s still not a pirate!)

DearCatastropheWaitress at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

DearCatastropheWaitress at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 14. Don’t be shy, Earth!

1911: Journeyman Ronald Amundsen and his crew discover the South Pole, and get one step closer to answering the age-old question: Does our planet have a cute butt? 

 

By Kuno Lechner; cropped by H Debussy-Jones (talk) 08:31, 14 November 2009 (UTC) (Self-photographed) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Kuno Lechner; cropped by H Debussy-Jones (talk) 08:31, 14 November 2009 (UTC) (Self-photographed) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

History Schmistory: December 13. Off the Charts.

1577: Sir Francis Drake sets out from England on his voyage around the world. Judging by this portrait he looks pretty pleased with himself!

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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