March 24th…..

According to Italian tradition, the city of Venice was founded at the stroke of noon on Friday, March 24th, 421, when a group of Paduan refugees gathered in the marshlands off the northern coast of Italy and laid the cornerstone of San Giacomo Church. Venice’s creation myth was part of …

Dionysus and ale……

Greek tradition has it that the god of wine, Dionysus, fled from Mesopotamia in disgust because its people were so addicted to beer – or, more correctly, ale, since the preservative herbs used in true beer were not introduced until the end of the Middle Ages. Certainly, a staggering amount of the …

March 23……..

In the early hours of March 23rd, 2003, while transporting cargo from Cork, Ireland, to Lübeck, Germany, the RMS Mülheim ran aground at Land’s End, a rocky headland on the west coast of England. By the afternoon, conspiracists were bubbling over with theories. Like the Bermuda Triangle, Land’s End, with …

March 22nd…..

Shortly after America declared its independence from Britain, it adopted the bald eagle as its national bird. Until the day he died, Benjamin Franklin regretted the decision. In a letter to his daughter in 1784, he wrote: For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen …

A kiss is just a kiss…….

Apparently not…as you will find out below: 1. Herquebus (c.1566) The noun buss, meaning ‘a kiss, especially a loud or vigorous one – a smacker’, is first found in the mid-16th century, according to the wonderful people responsible for the OED. It may be a variant of the earlier bass …

March 21…….

On March the 21st, 1754, British nobleman and author Horace Walpole coined the word “serendipity” in a letter to his friend Horace Mann. Walpole used it in reference to the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which characters continually make pleasant discoveries by accident. “Serendipity” was one …

March 20th….

WHEN: March 20,1865 KIDNAPPER: John Wilkes Booth TARGET: Abraham Lincoln As the Civil War reached its final stages, Booth and six fellow Confederates plotted to kidnap President Lincoln and use him to bargain the surrender of the Union. On the day of the planned kidnapping, Booth assembled his associates on …

March 19th……

On this day, Pope Pius VII was crowned at Venice in a papier- mâché tiara, a replacement for the one stolen by Napoleon during his overthrow of Pius’s predecessor in 1798. Constructed from bits of paper and held together with glue, the new tiara was supposed to be temporary, but …