History Schmistory: September 29. Stool ka-Boom!

1911: Italy declares war on the Ottomans. All they ever wanted was to be comfortable.

By Wikipedia Loves Art participant "VeronikaB" [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wikipedia Loves Art participant “VeronikaB” [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 28. Perhaps we should have waited…

1951: CBS makes the first color television available to the public, only to see it discontinued a few weeks later.

By McCann-Erickson advertising agency for the Columbia Broadcasting System. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By McCann-Erickson advertising agency for the Columbia Broadcasting System. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 27. A good old-fashioned Polish whuppin!

1605: The Polish-Swedish War: The Swedish army, in a matter of minutes, is utterly defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian calvary in the Battle of Kircholm, while in the kitchen the Swedish meatball miraculously holds ground against the Polish sausage. All was not lost.

wedish army bombarding the fortress of Dunamunde. A 17th-century etchingSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

wedish army bombarding the fortress of Dunamunde. A 17th-century etchingSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 26. I’m a Rocket Maaaaaan!

2008: Swiss Pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes the first person to fly across the English Channel in a winged jetpack of his own invention. Soon after, he flies over the Swiss Alps. Lucky he didn’t burn out his fuse up there alone…

His next mission? “To infinity and beyond!”

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History Schmistory: September 25. Always take the garbage out!

1930: Marco’s favorite 20th century poet/songwriter/cartoonist/performer Shel Silverstein is born, presumably where the sidewalk begins.

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History Schmistory: September 24. @cs.com, y’all!!

1979: Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which includes the first electronic mail service. They’re apparently still waiting for the interstate parties to catch on…

You checked your CS mail lately? Yeah neither have we. It’s been years. It’s probably all dusty and moldy and filled with venomous spiders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CompuServe ad in Byte magazine, January 1983.

History Schmistory: September 23. Mario Kard?

1889: Nintendo is founded as a playing card company by Fusajiro Yamauchi, and soon introduces Hanafuda, a flowery card deck with a number of applicable games, including Tyson’s Punch-Out! :)

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I, Aldaron [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 22. Act now!

1598: Playwright Ben Jonson, a contemporary of Billy Shakespeare, is arrested for killing an actor in a duel. Naturally, the actor only had his prop gun.

By Joost J. Bakker from IJmuiden (Space Pilot X Ray Gun  Uploaded by Oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Joost J. Bakker from IJmuiden (Space Pilot X Ray Gun Uploaded by Oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 21. The original prequel?

1937: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is published. No Hobbits were harmed during the making.

By Jeff Hitchcock (Flickr: Butterfly Catcher) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jeff Hitchcock (Flickr: Butterfly Catcher) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 20. Spain’s Ba-a-a-ad Boys.

1920: Spain establishes the Spanish Foreign Legion, an elite unit of the Spanish Army. It’s mascot? A goat… Really?

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