Monday, 22 February 2016

On This Day In History - February 22nd

On This Day in 1797, the Last Invasion of Britain occurred when the French invaded Fishguard, a small town in Wales.
The invasion took place between February 22nd and February 24th, and involved around 1,400 soldiers on four French warships.
Things did not go well for the French invasion of Wales. John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor, gathered a force of 500 British reservists, militia, and sailors.
The two armies fought on February 23rd, then Tom Jones was wheeled out to sing Delilah. A day later the French gave an unconditional surrender.
Also in the news On This Day In History
On This Day in 1371, Robert II becomes King of Scotland, to start a three hundred year rule for the house of Stuart.
On This Day in 1632, Galileo's dialogue concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published. Neither system addressed what to do in a Zombie Apocalypse.
On This Day in 1819, Spain sold Florida to the United States for $5,000,000 in the Adams-Onis Treaty.
In reality, they hated oranges and would have sold it for a subscription to Iron Man Monthly if the cash had been a problem.
On This Day in 1872, The Prohibition Party nominated James Black as its president in its first ever national convention in Columbus, Ohio.
After his speech, they all drank a glass of champagne to celebrate. Twelve glasses later, someone pointed out they really shouldn't be drinking at a convention about Prohibition.
On This Day in 1904, Britain sold a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina. Four years later and the Britain declared those islands were its property. As was the station, and the sheep. All of sheep. Everywhere.
On This Day in 1924, Calvin Coolidge became the first ever President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House. "The aliens have landed. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES."
On This Day in 1974, Richard Nixon, President of the United States of American, survived an assassination attempt by Samuel Byck.
On This Day in 1997, Scottish scientists announce to the world that they had cloned an adult sheep named Dolly.
Later, in private, they have a right laugh. "Can't believe they fell for that. Wasn't hard to find two sheep that look like each other."
Famous Births
On This Day in 1403, King Charles VII of France was born.
On This Day in 1440, Ladislaus the Posthumous, was born. He was a Zombie Hungarian king. Although that's not why he was Posthumous. He was born after his father had died. Plus, he was an undead Zombie.
On This Day in 1732, George Washington, one of the four faces on the rock, plus a general and the first ever President of We-Hate-You-Britain, was born.
On This Day in 1962, the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, was born.

Steve Irwin died in 2006, not by being eaten by a crocodile, or boa constrictor, or bitten by three hundred venomous spiders, but by a stingray barb striking him in the chest as he swam.

Have you been attacked by an animal? [Leave a comment below] 
On This Day in 1974, James Blunt was born. He was originally James Hillier Blount, and although he started off as a soldier in the British Army, he went on to become a very cheesy, but successful singer. You're Beautiful.

Do you have a favourite James Blunt song?

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