Happy Epiphany!

Here’s a peek at Marco Polo’s legendary interview with Befana herself!

History Schmistory: December 31st – Happy New Year!

1904, New York

The first new years eve party is held in Times Square. The first ball drop happened 3 years later.

Phier at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Phier at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

 

History Schmistory: December 30th – A match made in literary heaven

1816

Reknowned poet Percy Bysse Shelley (of Ozymandias fame) marries Mary Godwin. Mary will go on to write Frankenstein and arguably become the more famous of the pair… wonder what ole Percy made of that….

Richard Rothwell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Amelia Curran (1775-1847) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Percy Bysse Shelley By Amelia Curran (1775-1847) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 29th – Howdy Cowboys

1845

Texas is admitted as the 28th state in the Union. Yee-ha!

 

John C. H. Grabill [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

John C. H. Grabill [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 28th – ‘The greatest game ever played.’

1958

The Baltimore Colts vs The New York Giants. Baltimore eventually win 23-17 in the first ever sudden-death overtime game in the NFL’s history.

 

By Indianapolis (Baltimore) Colts [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Indianapolis (Baltimore) Colts [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 27th – Independence day (a different one)

1949 –

Indonesia is granted Independence from Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. About time queenie!

By Drawn by User:SKopp, rewritten by User:Gabbe [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Drawn by User:SKopp, rewritten by User:Gabbe [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 26th – Bloody Nora!

1620 – Hungary

The crimes of Countess Elizabeth Bathory are discovered. Altogether she may have killed up to 650 people, making her the most prolific female serial killer of all time. Happy holiday’s everyone!

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

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

History Schmistory: December 24th – We’re all ears

1818 – Austria

Silent night, ┬ácomposed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first performed at St Nicholas parish church …..unfortunately it is yet to ┬ábecome a Karaoke classic!

By Randal Schwartz (Flickr: John Rennie hits the karaoke mike) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Randal Schwartz (Flickr: John Rennie hits the karaoke mike) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 23rd – Good morning chaps!

1922 – London, England

The BBC begins daily radio broadcasts and starts to live up to it’s name!

 

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

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

History Schmistory: December 22nd – A lot at steak…

1731 – Holland

The Dutch revolt against a meat tax…hey it is nearly christmas!

 

By Jeremy Keith (adactio@Flickr) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/80750098/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jeremy Keith (adactio@Flickr) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/80750098/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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