Friday, 15 January 2016

On This Day In History 15th January THIS DAY IN HISTORY for the 15th of JANUARY
On This Day, 69, Otho proclaimed himself Emperor of Rome. It didn't last long. Three months later he committed suicide by stabbing himself in the heart with a dagger. Coincidently, a few hours after a psychiatrist brought back some memories he had been repressing.

Otho started out as a rebel teen with a serious need to impress the Emperor Nero, one of his friends. They danced, drank, partied, constructed elaborate balloon animals for each other as a sign of friendship, and pretty much shared everything.

And that was the problem.

One summer day, blue skies, birds chirping, hippos expelling gas, Otho brought his wife, Poppaea Sabina, to visit Nero. It was love. And not just between Nero and the hippo.

The Emperor decided Otho should share his wife. In secret, of course. Always in secret. Don't want that kind of betrayal to get back to your best friend. Nope. And maybe keep the hippo stuff confidential, too.

Poppaea became Nero's mistress. Pretty easily, as it happens. But, give him his due, Nero did go about wooing her as a proper gentleman should.

He whispered ancient love poems in her ear. "You is so hot, you is, like a hot thing that isn't cold. I want you all over my fizz-stick like a green alien mould."

Poppaea was wooed. Yes, wooed. She became his mistress and the two dangled their dingles like there was no tomorrow. In secret. Always in secret.

Otho found out. Balloon animals can't keep a secret. And neither could the hippo. It had some serious jealousy issues going on.

Otho divorced Poppaea and took a very long holiday in Lusitania, with the hippo, where he governed the province, before returning with Galba, the future Emperor, to overthrow Nero.

But what happened to the hippo?

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Fun Facts About Elizabeth I
On This Day in 1559, Elizabeth-The-First-Virginger-Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony fit for a king.

However, there were no kings available, so Elizabeth got the job.

As we all know (and this won't happen for much longer, as legislation has all ready been passed to make boys and girls equal in the line of succession), a boy will inherit the throne before a girl.

Even if the girl is older.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry-Of-The-Way-Too-Many-Numbers and his second wife, Anne-The-Sod-Had-Me-Head-Chopped-Off-Boleyn. But Elizabeth wasn't the eldest daughter. Nope, that was Mary, daughter of Henry-The-Eighth-Portion-Of-Steak-And-Roast-Potatoes-Didn't-Fill-Me-Up and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. So Mary got dibs on the throne before Elizabeth.

Although, as boys inherited the throne before girls, it actually went to their younger half-brother, Edward-I'm-A-Prince-Not-A-Pauper. He was the son of Henry-The-Eighth-I-Am-I-Am by his third wife, Jane Seymour. But he died. So it went to Mary. Then she died. So it went to Elizabeth.

Not confusing at all.

Click here to read some Fun Facts About Elizabeth.
Pete WatermanCelebrity Birthday
On This Day, 15th of January 1947, Pete Waterman was born.

Peter Alan Waterman, who is an OBE, is best known for being one half of Santa's ball-sack. Experts believe it's the left one.

He is also a British record producer and was a third of the Stock Aitken Waterman song writing group that produced top hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Steps, Cliff Richard, and Jason Donovan.

Pete Waterman, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, was educated. Mostly. His first job was as a steam locomotive fireman, before he went on to become a DJ, which started his career in music.

It didn't go well at first. Pete had to get a job as a gravedigger. A skill that would come in handy later on in his music career for some of his singers. Soon enough, though, the hits would come, as listeners appreciated the annoyingly annoying catchy songs he came out with.

Never gonna give you up. Never gonna let you down. Never gonna make you cry. Never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna get these lyrics out of my friggin head now.

Honourable Mention
On This Day, the 15th of January 1929, Martin Luther King. Jr. was born.

Martin Luther King was the leader of the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960s and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

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