Monday, 19 September 2016

History Fun Facts September 19th


On This Day In History in 1356 King John II of France was captured by the English forces of Edward, the Black Prince, who was white, during the Battle of Poitiers.
As a child, King John II of France wasn't fed his mother's milk, but was made to suckle on the nipples of frogs and snails for nourishment. This may account for what happened after he was captured and imprisoned by the English.
During his captivity, France suffered. And it suffered a lot. Not least with the Black Death, which eliminated half the population.
King John (which really doesn't sound very French if you ask me), enjoyed a regal lifestyle as a prisoner in London. He was given the freedom to travel and was even allowed to buy his own horses, pets, clothes, and was fed five course banquets at every mealtime.
He even had his own astrologer and court band. Not kidding. That was all true. His people starved and died by the tens-of-thousands, but he partied until the early hours of the morning and then slept all day.
The prison system hasn't really changed much in England since that time.
King John II was released to find money for his ransom and returned to France for the funds. Upon seeing the state of the country, he decided to return to captivity in England, where he lived in a lavish lifestyle until his death a few months later.
On This Day in 1676, Jamestown was destroyed by fire.
The settlement of Jamestown in Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in America.
During the Bacon Rebellion, which had nothing to do with the tasty meat cut from a pig's arse, but more to do with Nathaniel Bacon, who was fed up with pig jokes, was burned to the ground.
On This Day in 1692, Giles Corey was pressed to death after refusing to plead guilty in the Salem Witch trials.
It wasn't deliberate, but my sister sat on him.
On This Day In History in 1846, two French shepherd children Melanie Calvat and Maxumin Giraud experienced a Marian apparition on a  mountaintop near La Salette, France.
After shouting wolf a few times and no one coming to their rescue, the two children smoked some pot and started hallucinating. The sheep they were shepherding also took to the doobies and had a dream they were pole dancing in a Turkish fast food establishment.

On This Day In History in, September 20th, 1881, James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States of America died.

Check out The Assassination of President James A. Garfield: Murdered by a bloke in a dress

1 comment:

Lydia said...

I didn't know that any of these things happened on September 19. What an interesting and informative post! Thank you for sharing it on Monday Blogs on Twitter. :)