Monday, 3 October 2016

History Fun Facts for October 3rd


On This Day In History in 52 BC, Vercingetorix surrendered to Julius Caesar, who had just invented a salad, and thus ended the Battle of Alesia.
To save his people, Vercingetorix surrendered to Caesar. As a reward, Caesar held him prisoner for five years, took him back to Rome, paraded him nekkid at a Triumph, and then had him strangled, after getting jealous of his wedding tackle.
On This Day In History in 42 BC, which is after 52 BC, as everything counted backwards back then, just to confuse us all, The First Battle of Philippi raged.
The Battle of Philippi was a decisive battle fought between the forces of Mark Anthony and Octavian, and those of Marcus Brutus and Cassius, two of the assassins who assassinated Julius Caesar when he was assassinated by assassins.
On This Day In History in 382, the Roman Emperor Theodosius negotiated a peace treaty with the Goths.
The miserable ones wanted only two things in the peace treaty, to be allowed to wear black, and to watch Twilight movie marathon every other Saturday.
Theodosius agreed to their terms in exchange for military service. Moral was pretty low in the ranks for a while, but they were lifted after the peace treaty with the Hippies.
On This Day in 1283, Dafydd ap Gruffydd, the prince of Gwynedd, which is not only difficult to say, but really bleeding hard to spell, was the first ever nobleman to be hanged, drawn, and quartered.
Prince Dafydd ap Gruffydd, if you hadn't already guessed, was from Wales, the magical land where everything is spelt to confuse people.
On This Day in 1712, the Duke of Montrose issued an arrest warrant for Rob Roy MacGregor.
On This Day in 1778, Captain James Cook anchored his starship in Alaska, and promptly declared his Able Seaman was frozen to his Amidships.
Avast, me hearties, me Baggywrinkle is Becalmed. Someone call the Bosun to Bimmy me Poop Deck. And for crying out loud, stop Garbling me Gash Fanny.

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