Friday, June 11, 2010

This Day in History

1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes. This is bad for Troy, but good for Homer and Michael Wood.

1509 – Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. This isn’t good for a lot of people, especially Catherine of Aragon, her daughter, Mary Tudor, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Catholics in general, and Thomas More in particular. Henry’s wives and their fates: Divorced (Catherine of Aragon), beheaded (Anne Boleyn), died (Jane Seymour), banished (Anne of Cleves), beheaded (Catherine Howard), survived (Catherine Parr). After Old Harry’s death, Catherine Parr married Thomas Seymour, brother of Henry’s third wife, Anne, who would be executed for entering the chamber of Edward VI for nefarious reasons.

1776 – The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence. This is good for everyone.


1776 – John Constable, English painter (d. 1837). Who can look at a Constable landscape and not think of Jane Austen; that is, if you like Jane Austen?

1939 – Sir Jackie Stewart, Scottish race car driver, three-time Formula One world champion. When Jackie retired from racing, he became an announcer, and I watched Formula One racing just so that I could listen to Jackie’s Scottish accent.

1956 – Joe Montana, quarterback for the San Francisco Forty-Niners. One of the best quarterbacks ever.


323 BC – Alexander the Great, Greek King of Macedon (b. 356 BC). Conquered the known world and died at the age of 33, possibly of malaria or typhoid fever.

1979 – John Wayne (aka Marion Morrison), American actor (b. 1907). What can I say, Pilgrim? He’s an American icon.


  1. Hi Mary. Really imteresting facts.
    I could make long and probably boring comments about at least three of these entries, but, lucky for you I won't.

    Well, I'll tell you a little about Henry.

    Henry VIII had , let me think, at least three of his palaces, including one which was his birthplace all within a six mile radius of where I live.
    Nonsuch Palace, more of hunting lodge, near Epsom, Hampton Court Palace the great Tudor palace that Wolsey built and Henry took and Richmond Palace where various kings and queens lived but Henry was born there.

    I've eneded up going on a bit. DAMN!!!!!


  2. Tony, I visited Hampton Court before the big fire, and all I could think about was Catherine Howard running down the halls screaming when she realized that Henry was ticked. BTW, you are never boring. You are a fountain of fun info. Thanks. Mary