Rock vocalist Sammy Hagar was born on this day in 1947, despite neighbors’ complaints about the noise. As front man for the group Van Halen, Hagar was often compared to the group’s former vocalist, David Lee Roth…usually by height. Hagar was less flamboyant than Roth; moreover, his sense of self-worth was contained to the point […]Read More This Day in History: October 13th
America First Party: Established in 1943 by Gerald L. K. Smith because isolationism worked out so well before World War Two. Their favorite candidate for the 1944 election was aviator and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh. They called themselves the America First Party because “The Let Hitler Take Over the Entire World Except Us of Course […]Read More Some Defunct American Political Parties of Note
History Time! The daughters of Anna of East Anglia…Read More Middle Ages Fun!
On this day in 1964, Jean Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He refused the award because he felt that literature was a tool of the bourgeois used against the masses. Sartre was known for views not so much controversial as they were jaw-droppingly surreal. His works Nausea, The Wall and […]Read More This Day in History: October 22nd
When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he left the names of the two nations blank so that, if the American Revolution fizzled out, he could sell the document to Ireland. A big part of celebrating how independent we are is buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fireworks from China. Only two […]Read More Fun Facts about Independence Day
Apollo Sixteen launched. To get material from the highlands of the moon and find the keys dropped by a previous astronaut. It was the next to last American mission to the moon and they decided it was time to take sample from the moon’s highlands, despite the possibility of finding Scotsmen living there. To prepare […]Read More This Day in History, April 16th
I’m working from home on a very snowy day, my nose pressed up against the window. This is indeed a time for reflection… unless you are a vampire, of course. In that case, you should not only cast no reflection but you should be decently in bed before the rays of the sun turn you […]Read More Reflections on Why TV Historians are So Hot