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!)

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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? 

 

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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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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Superraton.jpg

 

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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History Schmistory: November 30. Jersey Shake.

1783: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes New Jersey, the largest in the state’s history. Citizens threaten to punch the earth in the face.

 

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Armand85 at English Wikipedia [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: November 29. Going South.

1929: U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole. Say, if Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, then who lives in the South Pole? Could it be…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus#/media/File:Gruss_vom_Krampus.jpg

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