History Schmistory: December 20. It’s a Challenging Afterlife.

1946: The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City, and good ol’ Clarence finally gets his wings.

History Schmistory: December 18. The Dynasty Formerly Known As…

1271: Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty. He later renames his new visitor Marco Polo “Pompous Infectious,” But of course there’s no record of that either!
…And we’re sure nobody is aware that they were all Teddy Bears!

History Schmistory: December 17. Straighten Up and Fly, Wright!

1903: The Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville make their first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The original Wright Flyer is now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, apparently with Orville still clinging to it.

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.

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!)

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? …See for yourself…












History Schmistory: December 13. Off the Charts.

1577: Sir Francis Drake sets out from England on his voyage around the world. Marco says; “Hey is that the guy from Uncharted?”

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?”

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.


History Schmistory: December 9. These Woods Rock!

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

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