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 …

March 18th…..

On March 18, 1915, Wenseslao Moguel, a Mexican revolutionary in Pancho Villa’s army, was captured by federal troops and sentenced to death by firing squad. Moguel was shot nine times, including a mercy shot—the “coup de grace”—to the head at point-blank range to ensure death. He took the bullets but …

March 16th……

On this day, the first service uniform was trademarked with the U.S. Patent Office: the Playboy bunny costume. The formfitting satin corset with the fluffy cottontail, white collar, black bow tie, and rabbit ears was the official work uniform of servers at the Playboy Clubs from 1960 to 1988. Credit …

Capital, Cattle and Chattel……

The medieval Latin term capitate denoted ‘property, principal stock of wealth’. It was the neuter form of the Latin adjective capitalis (the source of English capital) which meant ‘chief, principal’, being derived from the noun caput,‘head’. Capitate was borrowed into Old French as chatel and from there passed into Old …

March 15th…..

Alexandre Dumas, the French author known for his sword- dueling epics The Man in the Iron Mask and The Three Musketeers, was no great duelist himself. On this day in 1825, the 22-year-old won his first and only sword duel when his opponent tripped over a tree root, fell backward …

March 14th……

In 1649, Oliver Cromwell helped abolish the British monarchy and overthrow King Charles I, but by 1660 the kingdom was restored and Charles’s son was in power and was determined to avenge his father. He accused Cromwell of treason and sentenced him to death. There was only one problem: Cromwell …