• Lombard Street Riots

    A parade began marching on the morning of August 1, 1842 to celebrate Jamaican Emancipation Day, the abolition of slavery in the West Indies, on its eighth anniversary. The parade consisted of an estimated 1,000 African Americans who were peacefully marching and carrying banners about freedom on Lombard Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Not everyone was so thrilled about the events, especially the Irish immigrants living in Philadelphia. Both African Americans and Irish immigrants had been migrating across the United States in the early 19th century; African Americans because of their freedom and Irish immigrants because of their religious indifferences. The tension between the two groups was based on a competition…

  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

    In what is now a parking lot in North Chicago, Illinois was once a garage that became infamous for the bloodiest day in mob history.A bit of back story to set the scene.1920s Chicago was a place filled to the brim with gangsters, violence, murder, prostitution, bootlegging and police corruption. The city was split up into two factions, one in South Chicago, the other in North Chicago, and these two gangster factions had a history of rivalry. Of course, the bosses of these gangs chang [...]

  • Historical inaccuracies in Reign

    Reign has been a popular show on the CW for three years now but what has audiences so captivated? There is a list of inaccuracies starting from the pilot episode and continue in every episode thereafter. I will assume then that the audiences watching the show are unfamiliar with Mary Stuart specifically or history in general (or it is a guilty pleasure).With so many inaccuracies, I am hard-pressed to choose only one or two, but I will choose the ones I feel irk me the most. Then, my [...]

  • Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor; Frederick IV, King of Germany; and Frederick V, Archduke of Austria

    Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor; Frederick IV, King of Germany; and Frederick V, Archduke of Austria.Frederick the Peaceful (or Arch-sleepyhead of the Holy Roman Empire) was the first Holy Roman Emperor from the House of Habsburg; not to be confused with Frederick III (or Frederick the Fair/Handsome) who was King of Germany (and also a Habsburg) from 1314 until 1330. Note that our Frederick III was the fourth Frederick, King of Germany who reigned with that title from 1440 until 14 [...]

  • An Introductory Overview of the Habsburg Dynasty

    An Introductory Overview of the Habsburg DynastyPlease note that this is not meant to be a biography of any one person but a brief overview of the dynasty to show the impact that the House of Habsburg had for many centuries in Europe.It all began with a castle. Just past the banks of the River Aar, set high on a hill, Count Radbot built what would later be known as Habsburg (thought to be translated to 'Hawks Castle'). The castle was built in 1020 in the Empire of the Romans and can [...]