History Schmistory: August 9. No more Richard jokes!

1974: President Richard M. Nixon becomes the only US president in history to resign. He does, however, retain the rights to all merchandising.
By Edmund S. Valtman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Edmund S. Valtman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: August 8. Riiiiiicolaaaa!

1786: The first successful ascent of the highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe, Mont Blanc. Sadly, both climbers forgot to bring their Alphorns.

© Hans Hillewaert / , via Wikimedia Commons

© Hans Hillewaert / , via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: August 3. La Scala-kazam!

1778: La Scala Opera House opens in Milan, Italy, with a show by F. Murray Abraham’s character in Amadeus.
By ungenannt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By ungenannt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of mediocre composers, here’s a Marco classic!

History Schmistory: August 1. Breathe, durn-it!

1774: Oxygen is ‘discovered’ by Britain’s Sir Joseph Priestly, and given a symbol (O), though most refer to it as “the substance formerly known as air.”
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History Schmistory: July 23. Speak now or forever hold your tongue.

1926 – Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film. Silent film actors remain unable to vocalize their concerns.
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History Schmistory: Yo Ferdman & Izzy–I’m back!

1493. Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after 1st new world voyage. He brings potatoes, stories of Indians, and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Video Schmistory: January 8.

The week of January 8 in History Schmistory!

The Christmas Elves of Scotland

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

Marco in the News!

Good overview of Team Marco Polo by Seattle PI:
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Pics from Marco Polo Live!

Kids love Marco Polo! Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 10Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 01Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 02Kids Smile: Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 03Marco Polo Rocks the House! Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 04Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 05
Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 06Battle for a DVD: Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 07Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 08Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 09With KING-TV Evening Magazine Host Jim Dever: Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 11Big Fans come in all sizes! Marco Polo Live! in Seattle - 12

MarcoWestFest2011, a set on Flickr.

Marco Polo rocked the house at WestFest, the fall festival in Seattle today. Lots of fun and a bunch of new friends. Big thanks to Jim Dever from KING-TV’s Evening Magazine for hosting the show!

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