History Schmistory: June 18th: Waterloo Sunset!

1815:  The Battle of Waterloo, Belgium. Napoleon and Wellington ‘duke’ it out (see what we did there) and along the way incidentally provide ABBA with the keys to stardom!

The British victory at Waterloo heralded the end of Napoleonic ascendancy in Europe after over ten years as Emperor of The French.

"Creative commons, Napoléon Bonaparte, 1798"  digital watercolor from painting by Édouard Detaille by Now Idonoa /CCBY

“Napoléon Bonaparte, 1798”
digital watercolor from painting by Édouard Detaille by Now Idonoa /CCBY

 

 

History Schmistory, April 17: Canterbury Tales Told for the First Time!

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury starts. After all, it does start “Whan that aprill with his shoures soote the droghte of march hath perced to the roote”

History Schmistory: January 30. Hi-yo, Silver!

January 30, 1933. Lone Ranger radio show debuts!

Howdy partner!

Howdy partner!

History Schmistory: January 28. A Brick is Born!

January 28, 1958. Lego patents its signature brick.

History Schmistory: January 27. Telegrams Stop.

January 27, 2006. Western Union discontinues telegram services. Finally.

History Schmistory: January 26. ROCK!

January 26, 1905. History’s largest diamond discovered!

History Schmistory: January 25. Free McCartney!

January 25, 1980. Paul McCartney deported from Japan. Avoids prison.

History Schmistory: January 24. An Emerging Sport!

January 24, 1900. World’s oldest Badminton club established in England.

History Schmistory: January 23. Mohawk Fever!

January 23, 1983: The A-Team debuts. Fashion takes note.

History Schmistory: January 21. No Smoking Ladies!

January 21, 1908. NYC says NO to women smoking in public.

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