History Schmistory: November 26. “Someone’s here… Places!”

1922: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (“King Tut”) in over 3000 years, giving the King ample time to perfect his moment in the spotlight…

History Schmistory: November 25. “Take my money, just make it stop!”

1984: In a Band-Aid charity event, 36 top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and pretend to enjoy singing Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. While it was certainly a great cause for Ethiopia, the only thing it caused elsewhere was severe auditory hemorrhaging.

History Schmistory: November 24. Gone Apey.

1859: Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, introducing the scientific theory of natural selection, which suggests, among many things, that humans evolved from apes. Many tempers flare, while other imaginations run wild!

…Okay, that’s too wild.

History Schmistory: November 23. Music to your ear-holes.

1889: The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. Originally named the “nickel-in-the-slot-player”, the machine caused a such a sensation that people didn’t even mind exchanging earwax…

History Schmistory: November 22. Maynaaaarrrrrrrrd!

1718: Off the coast of North Carolina, renowned and dreaded English pirate Edward Teach, the original “Blackbeard”, is killed during a battle with a small battalion of the Royal Navy, led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
They cut off his head and fastened it to the bow of the ship for all to see. As for the beard, the Lieutenant had his own plans…

History Schmistory: November 21. News from the Prince of Patents.

1877: Thomas Edison announces his latest invention, the phonograph, the first instrument able to reproduce a recorded sound, and one of the few inventions Edison might actually deserve a little credit for.

History Schmistory: November 20. MS-DOS this get easier?

1985: Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released. Laypersons rejoice!

History Schmistory: November 19. Four Score and Seven=

1863: US President Abraham Lincoln delivers the most important and enduring 2 minute speech in American history… Need a hint?

History Schmistory: November 18. “How ya like them apples?”

1307: Brutal and outrageous meanie-head Hermann Gessler punishes William Tell for not bowing down to him. Williams’ bizarre sentence is to shoot an apple off of his own son’s head with a crossbow. After performing the task flawlessly, he sparks a rebellion against Gessler, leading ultimately to an independent Swiss Confederacy, and some sweet revenge for Mr. Tell… “You like apples, Hermann?”

History Schmistory: November 17. Not your ordinary cat toy…

1970: Douglas Engelbart successfully patents the computer mouse. His patent for computer cheese is still pending.

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