History Schmistory: July 20. Danger! Pun Crossing.

1514: The rebellion of Hungarian peasants under George Dozsa is defeated at the Siege of Temesvar. They weren’t Hungary enough, I guess.
Costumes of Peasants from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany,  from 'Esquisses de la Vie Populaire en Hongroie' by Gabriel de Pronay, 1855 (colour litho); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France [public domain]

Costumes of Peasants from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany, from ‘Esquisses de la Vie Populaire en Hongroie’ by Gabriel de Pronay, 1855 (colour litho); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France [public domain]

History Schmistory, July 20: Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

1858 - The first ever fee was charged to see a baseball game at the steep price of 50 cents per person. Sure had to break the piggy bank for Babe!

 

Gotta' pay those nickels to see them knuckles! 'Babe Ruth in 1921,' [public domain]

Gotta’ pay those nickels to see them knuckles!
‘Babe Ruth in 1921,’ [public domain]

History Schmistory: July 19. CAN anybody open this thing?

1870: The can opener is patented by William Lyman, a good fifty years after the tin can was invented. Luckily all the contents were well preserved.

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History Schmistory July 19: 9 Days of Grey

1553 - 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as England’s Queen after only 9 days. It’s important to note that little Lady Grey was only 15 when she qualified for the crown. Jeeze, some kids just can’t handle all that responsibility–it’s only governing over one little country!

She traded ruling the courtyard to ruling to courtroom! For a couple days at least…

History Schmistory: July 18. Hot Fiddle Action

64: Roman Emperor Nero allegedly plays the fiddle while Rome burns. Performs the complete version of “The Devil Went Down to Roman Georgia.”

True or false? You decide! "It Isn't True..That Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned!" (True Comics) by Sam Glankoff [Public Domain]

True or false? You decide!
“It Isn’t True..That Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned!” (True Comics) by Sam Glankoff [Public Domain]

History Schmistory, July 18: “In Freedom We Are Born!”

1768 - The Boston Gazette published the “Liberty Song,” America’s 1st patriotic song. It was an American Revolutionary War song composed by patriot, John Dickinson. Come, join hand in hand, to sing this tune to the motherland!

History Schmistory: July 17. A Very Disney Controversy!

1955: Disneyland opens. (Price of admission: $1.)  Walt doesn’t invite Mickey to the dedication for fear that the parks failure could tarnish the mouse’s image. He is all but replaced by Tinkerbell, who proceeds to take the mickey out of Mickey.

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History Schmistory, July 17: Starry Eyed Harvard!

1850 - The Harvard Observatory took the 1st photograph of a star (Vega). Vega is argued to be the next most important star in the sky after the Sun. Needless to say, it is a “bright spot” in history for astronomers!

What happens on Vega, didn't stay on vega!

What happens on Vega, didn’t stay on vega!

History Schmistory, July 16: Kissing Cooties Goodbye.

1439 - Kissing was banned in England to stop germs from spreading! Soon after, blowing kisses became the next best thing.

 

Enjoy my germs!

Enjoy my germs!

History Schmistory: July 15. To Conquer in Style

1099: Crusading Europeans seize Jerusalem. I wouldn’t want to mess with these guys!

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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