On This Day: March 4th

by James D. Irwin 1394--- Birth of Henry the Navigator, Navigator. 1678--- Birth of Antonio Vivaldi, inventor of the Four Seasons pizza. 1791--- Vermont becomes 14th US state, Ben and Jerry's release celebratory novelty ice cream. 1882--- First trams run in East London, still as popular today as they were then. 1945--- Lapland War begins, …

On This Day: January 30th

Beheadings, cheese, and Bond themes--- by James D. Irwin. 1649--- KingĀ Charles I beheaded, dies. 1661--- Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell beheaded, despite having already died in 1658. 1835--- Richard Lawrence tries to assassinate President Andrew Jackson, the attempt fails and Jackson lives to party another cheese party. 1847--- Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco, Tony Bennett …

On This Day: January 14th

  1872--- Death of Greyfriars Bobby, famous dog thought to have sat by his master's grave for fourteen years. 1926--- Birth of Warren Mitchell, best known for pretending to be a racist. 1943--- Churchill and FDR begin Casablanca Conference, the start of a beautiful friendship. 1946--- Birth of Harold Shipman, terrible, terrible doctor. 1948--- Birth …

On This Day: January 11th

by James D. Irwin On this day... 1569--- First recorded lottery in England, it could be you! Unless you're a peasant. 1787--- William Herschel discovers two moons of Uranus, hilarity ensues. 1908--- The Grand Canyon National Monument is created, finally putting the Grand Canyon on the map. 1919--- Romania reincorporates Transylvania, possibly as a result …

On This Day: January 10th

by James D. Irwin On this day... 49 BC--- Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, nothing to do with the fruit juice/everything to do with civil war. 1863--- London Underground opens, used by everybody from commuters to James Bond. 1920--- The Treaty of Versailles takes effect, ending WWI/setting up the sequel. 1927--- Metropolis is released in …