Tuesday, 1 March 2016

On This Day In History - March 1st

On This Day in 589, St David, the Patron Saint of Wales, died.
The 1st of March is known to whales. It's the only date they care about. Plus, the date also has significance in Wales, too. It's St David's Day.
St. David is the patron saint of Wales. And dolphins. And squids. Oh, and hedgehogs.
It's celebrated today as today is the day he died, allegedly at the ripe old age of 100 years-old.
Considering this is back in 589, that is very impressive.
St. David's last words to his followers were, "Bydwch lawen a chedwch ych ffyd a'ch cret, a gwnewch y petheu bychein a glywyssawch ac a welsawch gennyf i. A mynheu a gerdaf y fford yd aeth an tadeu idi", which translates as "Hallowed are the bacon sandwiches."
Happy St. David's day to all my Welsh followers.
On This Day in 1628, King Charles-The-First-Soon-To-Be--Totally-Headless-Nick made it law that all counties in England pay the Ship Tax, even if they were nowhere near the water.
On This Day in 1692, the Salem Witch Trials started when Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, were brought up on charges in front of the local magistrates in the village of Salem, Massachusetts.
There's a common myth surrounding the Salem Witch Trials: Those found guilty of witchcraft were burned at the stake.
Back in 1692 and 1693 in Salem, everybody and their aunt were witches. Even that nice old lady who lived in the woods in the house made of candy.
There were lots of trials and even a few tribulations. Plenty of witches were found guilty of witchy things. However, none were burned with steaks, medium or rare. And none were burned whilst tied to a stake.
Fifteen died in prison waiting to be executed or tried, nineteen were hanged, and one was pressed to death.
There were, however, plenty of witches burned at the stake in Europe back in the 16th century. But not Salem.
On This Day in 1700, in an attempt to ease into the Gregorian calendar, the calendar system we all use today, Sweden introduced its very own, and cleverly named, Swedish Calendar.
It came in a flat pack which took some assembly.
They then reverted back to the Julian Calendar On This Day in 1712, because, well, they really liked it. But then decided it'd be better to go the whole hog and adopt the Gregorian Calendar On This Day in 1753.
On This Day in 1803, Ohio became the 17th US State.
On This Day in 1845, John Tyler, President of the United States of I-Think-We-Will-Have-That-Yoink, signed a bill which authorized the annexing of the Republic of Texas.
On This Day in 1867, Nebraska became the 37th US State.
They then renamed Lancaster to Lincoln and made it the State Capital.
On This Day in 1872, Yellowstone National Park, no relation to Jellystone National Park, was established as the world's, yes the entire thing, first national park.
At some point in the near future, the super-volcano beneath Yellowstone will erupt, causing global devastation, and a mad-dash by John Cusack to escape the carnage in a stolen Russian C130.
On This Day in 1896, Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity.
Probably a coincidence, but it was right around the time his face started to melt. Much to his disappointment, he failed to achieve his goal of absorbing enough radiation to give him superpowers.
On This Day in 1901, the Australian Army is formed.
Probably a coincidence, but it was right around the time a bunch of kangaroos led by a warmongering koala bear found a stash of semi-automatic weapons.
On This Day in 1912, Albert Berry made the first ever parachute jump from a moving airplane. Well, it's better to do that when it's moving. It would be a bit of a short jump if the plane was stationary.

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