Richard I, Huygens and Yoko: The Almanac of Absurdities for 3.25.2011

March 25 was a busy day in history. On this day in 1199, while carelessly walking the parapets of the castle of Chalus Chabrol during a war campaign in France…and wearing no Armor…Richard The Lionheart is struck by a crossbow bolt in the shoulder. The attempt to remove the bolt was botched, and the King soon developed Gangrene, and died in early April. Richard had the archer brought before him, and forgave him before he died. However, once the king was dead, one of his Mercenary Leaders had the archer flayed alive and hanged. It’s the middle ages, deal with it. It was beginners Luck on this date in 1655 when Dutch Astronomer and Telescope Builder Christiaan Huygens discovered Saturn’s Moon Titan, using the first telescope he ever built.   On this date in 1957, US Customs agents seized copies of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” on the grounds that they were obscene. And today was part of a stanza of the Ballad of John and Yoko: On this date in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton. It’s the ’60s. Deal with it.

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Album Notes:  Grateful Acknowledgements to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8. “Sunset at Glengorm” and “Open Those Bright Eyes” written and produced by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks

About denniscmichael

Voice Artist, Writer, Journalist, even sometime actor. For 18 years the writer and voice for CNN's Hollywood Minute.
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One Response to Richard I, Huygens and Yoko: The Almanac of Absurdities for 3.25.2011

  1. The Compulsive Writer says:

    So glad I found your blog. I love this stuff.

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