History for the Rest of Us

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great)

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great)

May 31, 2012

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great), is regarded as the most powerful pharaoh in Egyptian History. He was the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty. Ramesses II reigned for 67 years (1279-1213 BC) and used a massive building program, diplomacy, and propaganda to become the greatest ruler of Egypt’s Golden Age. If it is true that he ascended to the throne of...

Babe Ruth’s Final at Bat

Babe Ruth’s Final at Bat

May 31, 2012

On May 31, 1935, Babe Ruth would make his final appearance at the plate after 714 career home runs, a slugging percentage of .690, a career batting average of .342, and 2,217 RBIs. Ruth would quietly ground out, and the career of one of the greatest athletes in history would be over. In an ESPN poll conducted in 1999, Babe Ruth was ranked the third-greatest...

Council of Constance

Council of Constance

May 31, 2012

The Council of Constance was an ecumenical council held at Constance, Germany from Nov 5, 1414 to April 22, 1418. Growing Number of Popes During the period between 1378 and 1409, two rival popes existed in the Roman Catholic church, each with his own following. The Council of Pisa in 1409 attempted to resolve this Schism by electing a new pope and deposing the...

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President” – Marilyn Monroe

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President” – Marilyn Monroe

May 29, 2012

At a celebration for President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday”. The event was held in Madison Square Garden May 19, 1962, ten days before his actual birthday on May 29th. Over 15,000 people were in attendance. Jacqueline was not in attendance. President Kennedy would come on stage after the song and...

The Spanish Armada 1588 – ‘Invincible Fleet’?

The Spanish Armada 1588 – ‘Invincible Fleet’?

May 28, 2012

On May 28, 1588 the Spanish Armada with 151 ships, 8,000 sailors and 18,000 soldiers set sail from Lisbon Portugal. Under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, a rich and successful general who had no experience at sea, the Armada sailed for the English Channel. Since the Spanish Armada was also known as the ‘Invincible Fleet’ perhaps the...