Stormin’ the Bastille: July 14 is Bastille Day!

History Schmistory: July 15. To Conquer in Style

1099: Crusading Europeans seize Jerusalem. I wouldn’t want to mess with these guys!

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory, July 15: Roc-King Out!

1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. It unfortunately did not give them the ability learn a new language online. It did however have three different languages written on it (Greek, Demotic & Hieroglyphic!)

 

Before internet was invented...

Before internet was invented…

History Schmistory, July 14: Hooray for Bastille Day!

1789 - Today is Bastille Day. The French Revolution began with the fall of Bastille. Aujourd’hui, nous célébrons notre liberté!

Magnifique CC0 Public Domain

Magnifique
CC0 Public Domain

History Schmistory, July 13: Cookin’ Up A Resolution.

1772 - Captain James Cook began his 2nd voyage, this time to the South Seas. He commanded a ship called the Resolution & although was able to retire after this voyage, couldn’t resolve his need for adventure.

This cook is not burnt out yet!

Countdown to Bastille Day!

You say you want a revolution?  OK–you got it.  2 days to Bastille Day!

History Schmistory, July 11: Pons Comet Pun.

1801 - French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovered his 1st comet. He then went on to discover 36 more. Jeez louise!

Hey guys, I think I might see one...!

I see one…two….three…four….

History Schmistory, July 10: A New’d Way To Do Things.

1040 - Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes. I am sure her husband wished they could have kept their disagreement covered up.

Some women really know how to prove a point!

 

History Schmistory, July 9: Hear Yee, Hear Yee! Yo, LISTEN UP!

1776 - Declaration of Independence was read to George Washington’s troops in New York. I am sure some must have wondered why they were still following the leader after they were told they were free.  After all, they now had the unalienable right to life which war could take away.

Washington and Lafayette look over the troops at Valley Forge. [public domain]

Washington and Lafayette look over the troops at Valley Forge. [public domain]

History Schmistory, July 8: Bonjour, Paris!

951 - Paris was founded. At the time, it was occupied by the Germanic Franks. Thankfully they came up with an awesome name for the city — it could have been a bratwurst.

Paris sure used to occur a lot of Germs!

Paris sure used to occur a lot of Germs!

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