Friday, 14 October 2016

Historical Fun Facts for October 14th

On This Day in History in 1066, William the Conker Player defeated Harold-Kept-His-Eye-On-The-Pointy-Thing at the Battle of Hastings.
A few miles from the town of Hastings a battle raged between William is a bastard but soon to become King and Conqueror, and King Harold II of England.
With an army made entirely of blokes called Norman, William defeated Harold's forces and shot Harold in the eye with an arrow. Ironically, Harold had only just switched aftershave to Brute from his normal Arrow-miss (later shortened to Aramis).
On This Day in 1582, In Spain, Portugal, Italy and Poland, the day didn't exist.
Gregorian Calendar, a German date-picker who liked to sieve in his spare time, was to blame for wiping out existence on this day.
On This Day in History in 1586, Mary, Queen of Scots went on trial for plotting and conspiring against Queen Elizabeth I of England.
And for making fun of her wig.
On This Day in 1912, former President of the United States of America, Theodore Don't-Call-Me-Teddy Roosevelt, was shot and wounded by John Schrank.
Roosevelt was out campaigning in Milwaukee when Schrank, a deranged saloon keeper, approached the no-longer President Teddy Bear and shot him.
Roosevelt, un-phased by the incident, kept to his scheduled public speech with the bullet still in his chest.
They don't make them like that anymore.
On This Day in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh, not a book about my gran taking a dump, was first published.
On This Day in 1944, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was forced to commit suicide after he was linked to a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
On This Day in History in 1957, Queen Elizabeth II opened an annual session of the Canadian Parliament, and became the first Canadian Monarch to do so.
Yep, she is the Queen of more than just the United Kingdom.

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