20th Century · Airplanes · Bavaria · England · Germany · Military · Second World War

January 2, 1945 – “Near-Perfect” Bombing of Nurnburg

As I am writing this it is dark outside and there is a waning moon in the sky. Zero cloud cover  would make ideal conditions for 514 bombers to start raining death and destruction on my head. Thankfully, I do not live in Germany during the Second World War where Strategic — Terror if you… Continue reading January 2, 1945 – “Near-Perfect” Bombing of Nurnburg

20th Century · Airplanes · Army · England · Military · Music · Second World War · United States

December 15, 1944 – Glenn Miller Goes Missing in Action Over English Channel

I have always been a Big Band fan. For me, there is only one name that comes to mind when I think Big Band. Glenn Miller! I almost titled this post as “The Day the Music Died” but I did not want to confuse people. Glenn Miller has always been one of my heroes, and… Continue reading December 15, 1944 – Glenn Miller Goes Missing in Action Over English Channel

England · Explosion · Fire · Firefighters · Modern Marvels · Trains

November 18, 1987 – King’s Cross Station Fire

Two summers ago I read Charles Duhigg’s wonderful book The Power of Habit. (Okay, I listened to it). It is an absolutely amazing look into how the brain works and how habits are formed. In that book, Mr. Duhigg tells some of the management issues that caused the story that I am going to talk… Continue reading November 18, 1987 – King’s Cross Station Fire

England · Queens · Tutors · Uncategorized

November 17, 1558 – Queen Elizabeth I Ascends the Throne

I was not going to touch this story today, because it seems like everyone’s favorite story today. However, I keep getting reminded in posts by my partner in crime littlesparksoflife2 that our goal is to do posts that help us to learn. I realized that I do not know a ton about the Elizabethan Period… Continue reading November 17, 1558 – Queen Elizabeth I Ascends the Throne

England · Kings · Popes · Queens

November 14, 1501–Arthur Tudor Marries Katherine of Aragon

My first great love of history, literature, and kings/queens/dukes/duchesses/etc. was sparked by Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl. I think 2009 was the first year I read that book, and it changed everything about how I saw the 1500s and history I probably should have known all along. Her amazing book led me to read… Continue reading November 14, 1501–Arthur Tudor Marries Katherine of Aragon

England · Kings · Lancaster

November 6, 1429–Henry VI of England is Crowned

Growing up, I had an early love for history. It was one of my favorite subjects every year in school. Surprisingly, I had to fight for my grades–because the emotionless dates just wouldn’t stick in my brain. The stories did. The stories that scared me for some reason were those of the Kings and Queens,… Continue reading November 6, 1429–Henry VI of England is Crowned

England · Kings · Regicide

November 5,1605 – The Gunpowder Plot / Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent To blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below To prove old England’s overthrow. By God’s mercy he was catch’d With a darkened lantern and… Continue reading November 5,1605 – The Gunpowder Plot / Bonfire Night