I love history. A LOT! I love pretty much any time and any place in history. Some hold my attention more than others, true, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn something new. I’ve had my Tudor fascination and my Regency fascination and my Biblical fascination, etc., etc.
Here’s a bit of history I picked up off the Internet for October 15th:
- 1520 – King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall
- 1786 – Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temp in NYC
- 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte exiled on Island of St Helena at 51
- 1860 – 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
- 1863 – Cliff House opens in SF (1st of many on site)
- 1866 – Great fire in Quebec destroys 2,500 houses
- 1874 – Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force
- 1899 – Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
- 1914 – ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded
- 1919 – 14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vt to Mass for $1000 prize money
- 1923 – NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2
- 1937 – Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have & Have Not” published
- 1939 – LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
- 1941 – 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
- 1948 – China’s Red army occupies Chinchov
- 1951 – “I Love Lucy” debuts on CBS TV
- 1954 – Hurricane Hazel strikes US & Canada, 348 die
- 1964 – Dr Martin Luther King Jr awarded Nobel Peace Prize
- 1985 – Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit
The above is just a small sampling of events that took place on October 15 through the years. Yet even in just those few I’ve listed, we see some wonderful and some horrible events. History is full of both. And as the saying goes, if we don’t learn from history, we are bound to repeat it.
Do you have any favorite time periods and/or settings to read about, whether fiction or non-fiction?