Saturday, 13 June 2015

On This Day In History - 13th June

Image result for charles the baldOn This Day In History - 13th June
13th June 823 Charles The Bald was born. He was King of West Francia, King of Italy, and Holy Roman Emperor. He was also King of the Hairless Men. In fact, for some strange reason of irony, Charles The Bald was actually really hairy. Like a gorilla.
Image result for charles the fat13th June 839 Charles the Fat, the Carolingian Emperor, was born. He was also called Charles III, but no doubt appreciated people calling him Fat as a title. And, as a coincidence, he was slightly chubby. Oh my god, the guy was huuuuge. They didn't call him Charles the Fat for nothing.
13th June 1378 the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty was signed between King Edward III of England and King Ferdinand and Queen Eleanor of Portugal. It's the oldest active treaty in the world and established "Perpetual friendships, unions and alliances" between England (later the United Kingdom) and Portugal.
The Treaty was activated during World War 2 and also in 1982 during the Falklands war between the United Kingdom and Argentina.
Image result for peasants revolt13th June 1381 the Peasants were revolting. Not in the sense that they didn't bathe and were really ugly, but in the uprising sense. Although, they were peasants during the 14th century, so being ugly and not having a bath probably went with territory.
Wat Tyler led a Peasants' revolt demanding a reduced taxation, an end to unfree labour (serfdom) and the removal of the King's senior officials and law courts.
The rebels entered London and attacked the jails, burned down the Savoy Palace, set fire to law books and killed anyone unlucky enough to be even associated, ever so slightly, with the royal government at the time.
Image result for charles i henrietta maria13th June 1625 King Charles I of England married Princess Henrietta Maria of France and she became Queen Consort. She was not a popular figure in England, and being a catholic, was not crowned Queen. Charles, on the other hand, was also becoming less popular. He'd soon endure a Civil War, and then not endure the severing of his head from his body.
13th June 1774 Rhode Island was the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.
Image result for lewis and clark great falls13th June 1805, during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis and four of his companions lay eyes on the Great Falls of the Missouri river. Unfortunately, they were so engrossed with this spectacle they totally missed the twenty four grizzly bears performing Riverdance behind them.
13th June 1966, The United States of America Supreme Court ruled in the Miranda vs. Arizona case that the police must inform all suspects of the their rights before questioning them. This is now known as a person's Miranda rights, because of the case.
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you can say ... Shut up or I'll shoot you.
13th June 1981 during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London, teenager Marcus Sarjeant fired six shots at Queen Elizabeth II. She dodged them all Matrix style, despite them actually being blanks, jumped off her horse, did a ninja roll, leaped into the air, and Chuck Norris'd the guy's face with a karate kick.
In reality, the Queen did pretty well. The shots fired, even though they were blanks, startled her horse. She managed to bring it under control, and comforted it. She continued with the rest of the parade as if it was just another day in the park. What a trooper.

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