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?

By Julio César Cerletti García (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mybuffo/13993260346) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Julio César Cerletti García (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mybuffo/13993260346) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 19. We’re not safe here.

1957: The US begins testing underground nukes. Burrowing animals across the globe react in horror.

History Schmistory: September 18. In fifteen hundred zero two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue for the last dadgum time!

1502: Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth and final voyage. And yes, he still thinks it’s Asia. Poor sap.

Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 17. The New Frontier…

1976: NASA unveils the first space shuttle, Enterprise. Shatner and Nimoy consider a comeback.

History Schmistory: September 16. Let’s get together!

1963: Malaysia is formed from the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo and Sarawak. Singapore decides later to leave the newly established nation. Malaysia was quoted as saying, “fine, be that way!” and Singapore was all like, “Oh you just watch me!” and then Malaysia was like, “wait, don’t go!” but by then it was too late.

Happy 48th, Malaysia!

 

By Brian Jeffery Beggerly from S'pore (Singapore), Singapore (IMG_1988  Uploaded by Smooth_O) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Brian Jeffery Beggerly from S’pore (Singapore), Singapore (IMG_1988 Uploaded by Smooth_O) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 15. A child is born.

1254: The world is given a truly special gift. Marco Polo! Many sing and rejoice.
Happy 757th, Marco!

History Schmistory: September 14. As tough as…

1984: Joseph Kittinger becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. At 56 years old, it is only his latest of a lifetime of accomplishments, which include setting the record for the highest, longest and fastest skydive, and surviving a year in a North Vietnamese POW camp. Nails, folks. Nails.

 

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 13. “Curses!”

1898: After a long bout with Eastman-Kodak, Hannibal Goodwin is awarded a patent for the celluloid photographic film roll, luckily before Edison found a way to swoop in and steal the idea for himself. Speaking of, here’s Tommy looking very smug.

By Louis Bachrach, Bachrach Studios, restored by Michel Vuijlsteke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Louis Bachrach, Bachrach Studios, restored by Michel Vuijlsteke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 12. Classic 50s Alien Encounter.

1952: Flatwoods, West Virginia. The “Flatwoods Monster” emerges from her crashed UFO to witness 8 humans and a dog staring at her. Here’s more…

Artists interpretation of the 'monster'  By Camilo Sanchez (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Artists interpretation of the ‘monster’
By Camilo Sanchez (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 4. La La Land!

1781: Los Angeles, California is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula,  (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola), which seems like a silly name for a city, until you see this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Eyreland (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here are some more ridiculously long city names. Shouldn’t there be a limit? How irritating would it be to have to send a package to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu?

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