i made more historical (political) figure valentines
December 27th 1831: Darwin leaves on the Beagle
On this day in 1831 Charles Darwin embarked on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle. It was on this voyage, where he observed animals around the world, that Darwin began formulating his theory of evolution. He published his findings in 1959 in ‘On the Origin of Species’. The voyage lasted five years during which time Darwin made many notes on the geology and nature he encountered.
1. How much Conquering is too much Conquering?
- One hundred square miles
- Girl please that’s like askin’ how much chocolate is too much chocolate
- You can’t contain that stuff man, you gotta roll with it
- Trick question!! Now I’ve burnt down your house.
2. The Battle of Stamford Bridge?
- Mel Gibson was terrible as Harald Hardrada and there wasn’t even a bridge in the movie
- Historians agree, good use of tanks
- Tostig is all like, the pridelands are mine, Mufasa
- At least it’s not Sweyn
3. What was the relic of St Peter that William wore around his neck?
- A lock of hair tied in a ribbon inside a valentine
- Eyeball of Destiny (disputed)
- Genuine fart, captured in a vial, sealed in wax
- Geode, from that time the disciples visited Jesus’ bedroom in Nazareth and divided up all his stuff (Gospel of Mark)
4. When William’s horse died:
- All the other horses died too because: science
- Everyone was like it’s over but then William was like no way and they were like way but he was like no way and it ruled
- He used it as a weapon and slew many a Saxon!
- Han Solo had to open it up with a lightsaber to keep William warm and Rob Roy hid in it
5. How does one remove an arrow from the eye?
- Push it out the other side (recommended)
- Push it out the other side (not recommended)
- Doesn’t matter how you do it to a dead person
- Keep it bro! Chicks dig it.
6. Was William a bastard?
- He was once but it was just a phase
- Ask the Northern Earls
- I see what you did there
- Yeah but I doubt he has a complex about it or anything
7. Is England French now?
- I can’t hear you through all these baguettes
- Only the parts with money/swords/power
- Who do we know that can conduct a census to find out?
- Oh Tish I love it when you speak French! *mwah mwah mwah*
8. What is the better way to die:
- Arrow through eye
- Horse incident w/ exploding corpse
- A combination of the two
- Anything but those two things
9. Was Harold a good king?
- He was good at catching sharp things with his face
- He was good at LOSING
- He was good at having the worst family
- He was alright
10. The Bayeux Tapestry is:
- a propaganda machine
- too big to hang in the dining room
- The worst issue of Batman I’ve ever read
- Harold dies?? Um, spoilers
Please circle all your answers and hand in your papers via Harold’s favorite falcon
Hilarious. Speaking of political change…
The Nine Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII ca. 1910
Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of The Hellenes (Greece) and King Albert I of the Belgians (Belgium).
Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King-Emperor George V of the Great Britain and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.
W. & D. Downey.
August 12th 30 BC: Cleopatra dies
On this day in 30 BC the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra VII, committed suicide. She famously had an affair with Roman leader Julius Caesar. After Caesar died, she had a relationship with Mark Anthony as they worked against Caesar’s successor. Anthony committed suicide after losing to Caesar’s heir at the Battle of Actium. Cleopatra followed soon after, supposedly killing herself by means of an asp bite. She remains a famous figure for her beauty and her relationships with the most powerful men in the world.
The Homestead Act - passed 150 years ago today:
Act of May 20, 1862 (Homestead Act), Public Law 37-64, 05/20/1862
Passed on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act accelerated the settlement of the western territory by granting adult heads of families 160 acres of surveyed public land for a minimal filing fee and 5 years of continuous residence on that land.
Read more at Our Documents
Don’t miss our series of posts commemorating the Homestead Act’s 150th Anniversary - including this railroad advertisement which proclaims with little irony that the open land is former Indian Territory.
Also - if you’re in Nebraska, you can see the Homestead Act now on loan for display at the National Park Service’s Homestead National Monument.
April 25th 1898: Spanish-American War begins
On this day in 1898, the United States of America declared war on Spain, thus beginning the Spanish-American War. The war was a result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence as Cuba revolted against Spanish rule. Political pressure to end the Spanish atrocities and to avenge the sinking of a US ship forced President McKinley into war. The war was over within the year. Cuban independence was secured, and the US had temporary control of Cuba and authority over Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines.
A splendid little war. Also, remember the Maine!