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”

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!”

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.

History Schmistory: April 13. Edict of Nantes.

1598. King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes, granting rights to the Protestant Huguenots. No truth to the rumor they got their name from enemies saying “You are HUGE–NOT!”

History Schmistory: April 12. England Adopts The Union Jack Flag.

1606. England adopted the Union Jack as its flag, after rejecting the “Union John” and the “Hit the Road, Jack.”

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

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