Friday, 25 March 2016

On This Day In History March 25


On this day in history in 1199, Richard-The-First-King-To-Eat-The-Heart-of-A-Lion has been shot.
On this day in history in 421, according to legend, Venice was founded at exactly 12:00 noon.
Basically two blokes were at the pub getting well and truly hammered, when they came outside to try and find somewhere that sold kebabs. They ended up in a field in the middle of nowhere and one declared, "We should found a city. I love you, tree. Oh, crap, I'm gonna barf."
And that's how Venice was founded.
On this day in history in 1306, Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland.
Back in 1298, Robert-Upset-Me-And-You-Get-Bruced became the Guardian of Scotland. But, what the hell? What's this stupid Guardianship rubbish? Gimme the throne. Bunch of morons.
Robert the Bruce had to share the Guardianship with another: John Comyn, his rival to the throne. Plus someone else. But no one cares about that dude.
Things didn't go well at first for Robert The Bruce. He had to hand in his Guardian of Scotland title in 1300 after a little tiff with Comyn.
Those two really didn't get along. In fact they really, really didn't get along.
In February 1306, they had an argument whilst discussing the best way to make coffee. Robert liked it sweet and milky, like his women. Comyn liked it black and strong.
The two couldn't agree. The argument got really heated and Robert the Bruce had had enough of those snakes on a plane. He killed John Comyn on the spot. Boinked him on the nose. With a haggis.
Although, all things considered, it didn't work out too badly for Robert. Even though the Pope excommunicated him, the Bishop of Glasgow de-excommunicated him back to being communicated.
The following month he became King of Scotland.
On this day in history in 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh was given permission to colonize virgins.
Oops, nope. He was granted permission and patent to colonize Virginia.
On this day in history in 1634, Maryland received its first settlers.
On this day in history in 1655, Christiaan (the extra "a" is important) Huygens discovered Titan, the largest moon orbiting the planet Saturn.
On this day in history in 1802, The Treaty of Amiens is signed between the United Kingdom and France.
It was hailed as the Definitive Treaty of Peace between the long term warring nations of Europe. However, it wasn't as definitive as some thought. The United Kingdom and France were back at war the following year.
On this day in history in 1807, The Slave Trade Act became law. It abolished the slave trade across the British Empire.
On this day in history in 1807, The Oystermouth Railway, which later became known as the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, became the first passenger-carrying railway ... in the world.

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