History for the Rest of Us

Inca Festival of Illapa

Inca Festival of Illapa

Jul 25, 2012

On July 25, the Inca held a festival in honor of one of their most important deities, Illapa. The thunder god, Illapa ruled over rain, hail, lightning, and stormy weather. Since the Inca were dependent on moderate rain for successful crops, Illapa was surpassed in importance only by Viracocha (the creator), and Inti (the sun god). Depicted as human in form,...

Neptunalia

Neptunalia

Jul 23, 2012

July 23 was the beginning of a two-day festival in Rome honoring Neptune. Neptune was the Roman god of the seas and of all waters, having the characteristics of the Greek god Poseidon. The Romans sought, during Italy’s hot and dry summer, the assurance that they would have adequate rainfall for their crops and protection over their irrigation systems....

Storming of the Bastille

Storming of the Bastille

Jul 14, 2012

On July 14, 1789, a bloodthirsty mob stormed the Bastille, a French stronghold where prisoners were held without trial under direct order of King Louis XVI. The mob’s objectives were to obtain gunpowder stored there and to free the prisoners. To the mob, the Bastille was a symbol of the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. Bernard-René de Launay was in charge...

Civil War Reenactment Calendar

Civil War Reenactment Schedule 2012 Dates Location Description Website July 14-15 Painesville, OH Lake County Remembers www.LakeHistory.org July 28-29 Walnut Mountain Park, NY 24th Annual Civil War Encampment www.143rdnewyorkvolunteers.org July 28-29 Robert Moses State Park, NY 11th Annual Civil War Reenactment (315) 386-8133 or email suel@slcha.org Aug 3-5...

Elvis Presley – That’s All Right

Elvis Presley – That’s All Right

Jul 7, 2012

On July 8, 1954, WHBQ Memphis would be the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley song. His recently recorded single ‘That’s All Right’ was played on DJ Dewey Philips’ Red, Hot, and Blue show. Hundreds of phone calls and telegrams would follow. The song was recorded three days earlier on July 5th at the end of a previously...