History Schmistory: August 15th: Where do those yellows bricks lead?

1939 – Hollywood

The Wizard of OZ premieres! And the stereotype of the Witch is born! (You know, they were never green!)

 

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History Schmistory: August 12th: Ahoy there!

1851: The Isle of Wight, England.

It’s the first America’s cup! Victory goes the the US schooner America who beat the British entry. Queen Victoria watches on, no doubt with her head in her hands.

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

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

History Schmistory: August 6th: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s…. a Supernova!

1181 – The Supernova is first observed by Japanese and Chinese astronomers.

 

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NASA/ESA [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: August 5th: Hou-dunnit!

1926 РNew York. 

Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini¬†is submerged in an underwater coffin. It take’s him 1 1/2 hours to escape.

 

David Blaine's got nothing on this guy! By McManus-Young Collection (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

David Blaine’s got nothing on this guy!
By McManus-Young Collection (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: July 2nd – Hey…whose that guy on the train?

July 2nd – 1901, Montana – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid rob train! They get away with $40,000!

Robert Redford as The Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy from the hit 1969 film

 

 

History Schmistory: July 1st – William conquers!

July 1st 1690, Ireland – The Battle of the Boyne between the deposed British King James the II and the guy that took his crown, William III. This was the decisive battle in a long protracted struggle between the Catholic James and Protestant William, in the period know as the Glorious Revolution….and another example of how Williams are often destined to rule!

'Oh yeah, I got this in the bag!"  By Robert Payne (Prince William) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

‘Oh yeah, I got this in the bag!”
By Robert Payne (Prince William) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy Epiphany!

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

ALL NEW History Schmistory: January 3. Revolt!

January 3, 1932. Banana Revolt in Honduras!

Krampus Edition is Here!

OK, Santa Dancers, the moment has arrived! Go to iTunes and grab the new Santa Dance: Krampus Edition and crank it to 11ish!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gejNNDhWRuU]

The Christmas Elves of Scotland

In Scotland, during Christmas, roving bands of elves are warded off by defensive walls of fire. AWESOME!

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