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? 

 

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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

History Schmistory: December 12. Is anybody out there?

1901: Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal in Newfoundland. The Message? “What kind of name is gooey elbow macaroni?”

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History Schmistory: December 10. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a mouse?

1955: One of history’s greatest cartoon superheroes comes to television to save the day…Mighty Mouse!

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History Schmistory: December 9. These Woods Rock!

1962: The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona. Local trees are too petrified to speak.

By Kumar Appaiah [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Kumar Appaiah [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 8. Duck and Cover!

1953: United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers the speech that launches the “Atoms for Peace” program, which supplied information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions on how to stop worrying and love the bomb.

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See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 7. “We’ve been expecting you”

1995: The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis. Jupiter bakes a cake.

By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Just in the Nick of Time!

December 6 is Saint Nicholas Day. Why not show a love one you care, by going to https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-santa-dance-single/id488937977 and buying a copy of The Santa Dance?

History Schmistory: December 6. We’re number one!

1884: The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is completed. Today it remains the tallest stone structure ever built, as well as the tallest obelisk. It took over 36 years to complete, and 106 years to crack in a Virginia earthquake. Uncle Sam denies any symbolism in the damaged symbol.

By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 5. In a cavern, in a canyon…

1848: US President James K. Polk confirms that boat loads of gold have been discovered in California, leading to it’s ridiculous population surge in 1849. The miners who moved in by the thousands quickly become known as the 49ers, and they went on to win 5 Super Bowl titles and currently have the leagues most stifling rush defense… …wait…

By Molly Hayden, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs (See 4th image on slideshow) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Molly Hayden, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs (See 4th image on slideshow) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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