History Schmistory: June 26. Quite a ride for twenty-five cents!

1927: the Cyclone; arguably the father of the modern roller-coaster, opens at Coney Island to much fanfare and vomit.

"Cyclone in Fog," by Missy S / CC BY

“Cyclone in Fog,” by Missy S / CC BY

History Schmistory: June 25. Custer Bites the Bighorn.

1876: the ill-fated Battle of Little Bighorn culminates in the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Gary Larson said it best:

History Schmistory, June 24: Dance Dance Revolution!

1374 - A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.This phenomena, know as “Dancing Mania” spread throughout Europe over the next few decades.

And still continues to effect “victims” all over the world today…

 

 

History Schmistory: June 23. Frrreeeedooooooom!!!

1314: Battle of Bannockburn begins. With the losses of great patriots like Andrew de Moray and William Wallace still weighing heavily on their hearts, Robert the Bruce leads his troops to victory, winning Scottish Independence from England, and an Oscar for Mel Gibson.

"My BraveHeart" by  Loren Kerns / CC BY

“My BraveHeart” by Loren Kerns / CC BY

 

History Schmistory: June 22. The Louis and Marie Show

1791: The fleeing King Louis XVI of France and his wife, Marie Antoinette, are caught at a bridge over the river Varennes and returned to Paris. Not a good place to be-headed…
By Jean Duplessis-Bertaux (1750-1818), d'après un dessin de Jean-Louis Prieur. Reproduction par P. G. Berthault dans les Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française. ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jean Duplessis-Bertaux (1750-1818), d’après un dessin de Jean-Louis Prieur. Reproduction par P. G. Berthault dans les Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française. ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: June 21. Gorillas in the Fog.

1876: The first Gorilla arrives on British soil. Sings a few verses of “Rule, Britannia!”

 

 

'Happy to be here?' 'Gorilla' by Matthias Appel," CC BY

‘Happy to be here?’
‘Gorilla’ by Matthias Appel,” CC BY

History Schmistory, June 20: Holy Toledo!

1212 - French & Spanish crusaders united against the Almohaden at Toledo–the city which now happens to be very famous for its swords. Most of the people that live there now must be pretty sharp!

'Toledo' by MartinPutz , CC BY-SA  3.0https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/85/Toledo_Puerta_Bisagra_1.jpg/1920px-Toledo_Puerta_Bisagra_1.jpg

‘Toledo’ by MartinPutz , CC BY-SA
3.0https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/85/Toledo_Puerta_Bisagra_1.jpg/1920px-Toledo_Puerta_Bisagra_1.jpg

History Schmistory, June 19: Louis Can Really Deliver!

1464 - French King Louis XI formed The Postal Service aka Poste Royale. And yes, we are talking about the actual delivery system of mail, not the totally awesome alternative/rock band!

History Schmistory: June 18th: Waterloo Sunset!

1815:  The Battle of Waterloo, Belgium. Napoleon and Wellington ‘duke’ it out (see what we did there) and along the way incidentally provide ABBA with the keys to stardom!

The British victory at Waterloo heralded the end of Napoleonic ascendancy in Europe after over ten years as Emperor of The French.

"Creative commons, Napoléon Bonaparte, 1798"  digital watercolor from painting by Édouard Detaille by Now Idonoa /CCBY

“Napoléon Bonaparte, 1798″
digital watercolor from painting by Édouard Detaille by Now Idonoa /CCBY

 

 

History Schmistory: June 15. Other than that, how was the flight?

1785: Francois de Rozier becomes the first air ballooning fatality. No truth to the to rumor he was texting while ballooning.

Other than that how was the flight?  "Ascension captive d'une montgolfière (Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier) dans les jardins de la papèterie Réveillon, le 19 octobre 1783." Claude-Louis Desrais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Other than that how was the flight?
“Ascension captive d’une montgolfière (Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier) dans les jardins de la papèterie Réveillon, le 19 octobre 1783.” Claude-Louis Desrais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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