Thursday, 11 June 2015

On This Day In History - 11th June

Image result for troyOn This Day in History - 11th June

11th June 1184BC the great ancient city of Troy was destroyed after someone let the horse inside. Brad Pitt journey from Greece to Troy because he wanted to get to Paris as he'd never seen the Eiffel tower. Hmm, I may be getting some stuff muddled up there.
When Paris, a prince of Troy, kidnapped Helen, the most beautiful women on Earth, from her husband Menelaus, who was the king of I AM SPARTA, Greece united and sent an army to Troy to get her back. There was a ten year siege of the city, something the film doesn't cover, Paris, Achilles, Ajax, Hector, and Bob the Builder, all died during the war. Then a bright spark built a giant wooden horse and left it outside the gates as a present. The rest is history. Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Beware Greeks who come bearing gifts. Don't eat yellow snow.
Image result for catherine of aragon11th June 1509, Henry-Of-The-Many-Numbers (8) married his brother's childhood sweetheart, Arrogant Catherine. Oops, I mean, Catherine of Aragon. She was Henry VIII's first of six wives, most of which couldn't produce a male heir, which miffed Henry somewhat. Enough to have a few of their heads chopped off so he could re-marry.
Catherine was originally married to Henry's older brother, Arthur, who was meant to become king. Unfortunately he died quite young, so the throne passed to Henry, along with his wife and DVD collection.
Image result for continental congress11th June 1776, the Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five. Their purpose was to write a very special document known as Inappropriate Nursery Rhymes for Children. Nope, not that one. They drafted the Declaration of Independence.
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11th June 1944, the USS Missouri is commissioned. The Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States Navy and is famed for being the site of one of Steven Seagal's better movies. Not saying it was a great movie, just better than the rest of his films. Oh, the USS Missouri was also the stage for the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender at the end of the Second World War.

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