History Schmistory: May 27. King John Crowned.

1199. King John of England, who would go on to sign the Magna Carta, is crowned. During the ceremony, a heckler yelled “OK, you got your crown, now how about some rights?”

History Schmistory, May 24: Yo, Crusades!

1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

History Schmistory, April 15: Kid Born in Vinci

1452. Leonardo Da Vinci born out of wedlock in Vinci, Italy. Because he is illegitimate, he will need to find a trade, instead of becoming a government worker like his father.

History Schmistory, April 11: Hey, Babe, Wanna Start a College?

1689 - William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain. To celebrate, they have dinner, then found a college in the new fangled colony of Virginia.  Jon Stewart went there!

History Schmistory, March 30: Hank wants a new toy!

1533 – Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon, which leads to the creation of the Anglican church, lots of bloody history over the next hundred years, and several good Shakespeare plays.
Hank

History Schmistory, March 29: Beethoven Rolls Over!

1795 – Beethoven (age 24) debuts as pianist in Vienna.

History Schmistory, March 28: Mona Winks!

1794 – The Louvre Museum in Paris opens to the public.
Leonardo Da Viinci's Masterpiece.  Not.

History Schmistory, March 27: Diss in Venice

1309 – Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.
Venice

History Schmistory, March 26: What do you think of our government, baby?

1871 – Paris Commune, often said to be the first example of working people taking power, is founded.The commune ended after just two months. Great veggie meals and ultimate frisbee, but, unfortunately, no one wanted to do the dishes or clean the bathrooms.

History Schmistory, March 25: A lotta good that King’s Ransom did us.

1199 – Richard I (Lionheart) is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6. Richard was kidnapped in Austria on his way back from the Crusades, held in Castle Durnstein, and was exchanged for a “King’s Ransom” raised by his resourceful and intrepid mother, Eleanor of Acquitaine.

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