Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Psayings 5Y, Part Two
PART ONE. Cromwell? What about him? What'd he do in 1640?
Short entry today. Tomorrow's is much bigger, and features something RL has been trying to get his devotees to do for at least a decade. Unless it's two decades.
11. 1688. Spanish Armada? Is that 1588 or 1688? Not that I know what the Spanish Armada was. Looking.
GLORIOUS REVOLUTION! Son of a... Should have known that. I just read it a couple days ago. Ass.
12. 753 BC. Socrates? Lookin' 'er up.
13. 44 BC. Julius Caesar assassinated. Props to Junior English, which taught the Shakespeare play like it was straight history.
14. 476. Uh... Hmm... Fall of Rome? That's a shot in the dark. Let's confirm.
I guessed right. Romulus Augustus deposed. I have an old Gibbon paperback on my shelf. Ought to thumb through that one of these days.
15. 1453. Vague sense of recognition, don't fail me now!
It failed me. To Wiki.
Gutenberg invents the printing press, DAMNIT. End of the Middle Ages, too. Couldn't have happened to a nicer era.
16. 1783. End of the American Revolution. Spoiler: We effing won!
17. 1865. End of the Civil War. And Lincoln assassinated. Here's a not-safe-in-the-slightest-for-work reinactment.
18. 1918. This is getting embarassing. Wasn't the end of WWI in 1919? Why am I thinking 1919? Did something happen in 1919? As with every question, the internet will set me straight.
November 11, 1918: WWI ends. Ass again. So what was 1919? Looking... Prohibition begins. That must have been what I was thinking. And here's some(yet another)thing I didn't know: Woodrow Wilson tried to veto the 18th Amendment. I hope God took some small measure of mercy on his soul for that.
Oops, I'm wrong again. Wilson vetoed a bill enacted in accordance with the 18th Amendent's "enforce this article by appropriate legislation" clause, and did so "largely on technical grounds" because it limited the executive branch's wartime powers. Still an asshole, then.
Speaking of WWI, are you ready to be moved to tears by a Motorhead song?
19. 1945. Atomic bombs dropped, WWII ends.
20. 1799. French Revolution... begins? Reign of Terror begins, maybe? Crud.
1799 was Napoleon. END of the French Revolution. OK.
21. 1820. This one's easy. Spring of 1820: Mormon founder Joseph Smith receives his First Vision in upstate New York. What? Something else might have happened that year? Fine, I'll take a gander.
I'm stumped. Some things seem kind of notable, but is any event big enough that it would stick in Dave the Dad's head? Missouri Compromise? Discovery of the Venus de Milo?
22. 1815. Another stumper. War of 1812 ends? Napoleon's Hundred Days? Restoration of the French Monarchy?
TOMORROW: A big one.