Tuesday, 11 October 2016

History Fun Facts for October 11th

On This Day in History in 1582, still nothing happened in Portugal, Italy, Spain and Poland, thanks to that bloke, Greg.
On This Day in 1649, Oliver Cromwell proved once again what un utter git he was at the Sack of Wexford.
Oliver-The-Git took his New Model Army to Ireland and stormed Wexford.
Whilst the Commander of the Wexford Garrison, David Sinnot, tried to negotiate a surrender, Oliver Cromwell stormed the town and slaughtered over 2,000 Irish Confederate troops and 1,500 civilians, burning the town and harbour to the ground.
On This Day in History in 1727, George II and Caroline of Ansbach were crowned King and Queen of Great Briton.
It was love at first sight.
Really, it actually was love, not the norm when it came to Royal marriages at the time. Most were arranged for political unions.
However, George's father, the previous King George, first of his name, did not want a loveless marriage for his son.
George, not yet the second, disguised himself for a trip to Triesdorf and the court of Ansbach. He had chosen the name Likes-Them-Hairy, but that was thought to be too on the nose, so he changed it to Monsieur De Busch, which was a little more subtle.
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On This Day in 1910, the former President, Theodore Roosevelt, became the first U.S President to fly in an aeroplane.
Well, he wasn't the actual president at the time, but I suppose it still counts. He flew in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinlock Field for a staggering four minutes.
Did You Know: Theodore Roosevelt was a cowboy.
Roosevelt had built a ranch and named it Elk Horn, a nickname his wife gave him on his wedding night.
Whilst at the ranch he learned to rope, hunt, and ride, western style (on top, backwards, fully lubed).
Fun Fact: Roosevelt was also a deputy sheriff.
And whilst he was a deputy sheriff, he pursued three outlaws who had stolen his riverboat.
He captured them, and instead of hanging them in vicious vigilante revenge style, he took them to Dickinson for trial.
Roosevelt kept guard over the three thieves until their trial. For over forty hours he stayed away, reading some Leo Tolstoy, which would have put any normal person to sleep.
He's just a Teddy Bear: Yep, Theodore Roosevelt is also known as Teddy Roosevelt.
Whilst on a hunting trip in 1902, Roosevelt refused to shoot dead an injured black bear which had been tied to a tree. Cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman drew an illustration of Roosevelt with the bear. A toy maker, seeing the cartoon, named the Teddy Bear after Roosevelt, and the rest is history.
Which is what both Clifford K. Berryman and the toy maker would have been had Teddy Roosevelt caught them. Roosevelt hated the name Teddy and even slapped a staffer, Matthew Newell, in a heated altercation after overhearing him use it.

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