History Schmistory, May 24: Yo, Crusades!

1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

History Schmistory: May 21 Otto-matic

993: Holy Roman Emperor Otto III is crowned.

History Schmistory: May 20. A Bunch of Nicea Guys.

325: The Council of Nicea begins. Constantine opens it with a joke, ends it with a Creed.

History Schmistory: May 16. St. Petersburg Founded.

1703: St. Petersburg is founded by Peter the Great. In 1924, the name of the city was changed to Leningrad. In 1991, the city name was changed back to St. Petersburg. Tough on the GPS.

History Schmistory: May 20. Lorenzo not-so-Magnifico dies.

May 20, 1503. The OTHER Lorenzo dies, cousin of the Lorenzo Magnifico. This one is Lorenzo not so Magnifico.

source: wikipedia

History Schmistory: May 19. Irreconcilable Differences

1536: Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England, is executed for treason and incest, along with her brother and alleged lover Lord Rochford.

History Schmistory: April 30. Richard captures Edward V

Richard, Duke of Gloucester takes poor 12 year old Edward V to the Tower of London before he has the chance to be crowned King of England. Edward and his brother are never heard from again, and become the source of many legends. How bad do things get in the Tower of London? Check it out:

History Schmistory: April 29. Joan Jets!

1429: The Siege of Orleans is lifted thanks partly to Joan of Arc. She was all “Dudes, lift the seige!” and they were all “Yo, Joan, we don’t wanna lift the seige,” and she was all, “if you don’t, I’m gonna get mad,” so they were all “Man, you got us, Joan, we’ll lift the seige…”

History Schmistory: April 28. Roman Emperor born as Rome is about to die…

A.D. 359, the future Roman emperor Gratian was born. He, um, had a rough life. Gratian was the son of Emperor Valentinian I. When Valentinian died, Gratian ruled in the west and his uncle Valens ruled in the east. Gratian had been fighting the Alamanni while Valens was dealing with the Goths at Adrianople. Gratian was scheduled to come to Valens’ assistance, but arrived too late to prevent the disaster. The disaster at Adrianople is one of the major turning points in the fortunes of Imperial Rome and a possible date for Rome’s fall.

History Schmistory: April 27. First Man to Sail Around the World Dead, Dies.

1521: Ferdinand Magellan who got credit as the first man to circumnavigate the globe, even though he spent much of the voyage dead, was killed. After a journey beset by rebellion, treacherous weather and disease, the Concepción, the Victoria and the Trinidad finally reached the Philippines. There, where the crew recovered from their trials in a tropical paradise, Magellan became caught up in the fervor of conversion. He attempted to overcome a huge force of natives resistant to Christianity with a mere handful of men, and was killed in battle.

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