when van gogh was out painting in a field some kids shot him by mistake while they were playing with their dad’s shotgun but he told everyone he shot himself so they wouldn’t get in trouble and then he DIED and for a long time everyone thought it was suicide but it wasn’t a suicide he was just trying to help the kids that’s the saddest thing in the world im gonna throw up
ph my god
my heart hurts
Now, none of this is known fact (yet), but click the link, check it out, and let us know what you guys think! This could completely change how the world views Van Gogh.
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When asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive Einstein’s reply was “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla.”
I’m counting this as European history because he was born in the Austrian Empire. Deal with it.
Happy Birthday to the one, the only, Mr. Sherlock Holmes (reportedly born January 6th, 1854). There are few figures in literature who have inspired so many people throughout so many time periods, and the influence continues to this day! I’m looking at you, Sherlockians (aka fans of the BBC series, Sherlock - other notable works include Elementary, House M.D., the films with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock, etc).
And, of course, wholehearted thanks to the man who created Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (b. 1859 - d. 1930). Sir Doyle once said, “If in one hundred years I am only known as the man who invented Sherlock Holmes, then I will have considered my life a failure.” Perhaps he would consider himself a failure, but I’m sure, if Sir Doyle were alive today, millions of people would rush to contradict him.
“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
“‘Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!’”
Happy Birthday, Mr. Holmes.
Happy 242nd birthday to the legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven (b. Dec. 16th, 1770). His legacy is still going strong. I suppose, when that happens, one can never truly die, can they? Here’s to many more years of his notes resonating throughout the world.
The Waagepetersen Family by Wilhelm Bendz, 1830 Denmark (Copenhagen), Statens Museum for Kunst
The busy businessman looks up briefly from his work when his wife and two of the couple’s children enter his office within the family’s home on Store Strandstræde in Copenhagen.
The Danish middle class
With its clear demonstration of the pressures of work handled by the head of the family, the picture illustrates the fundamental values for the Danish middle classes circa 1830: Family and work. The home is sparingly furnished with no unnecessary ornamentation, reflecting the thriftiness prevalent in Denmark during the hard years that followed the Napoleonic wars.
The head of the family shown in the picture is the wine merchant Christian Waagepetersen, one of the men who clearly marked that the middle classes had become the dominant group within Danish society after the aristocracy’s centuries of dominance.Waagepetersen was keenly interested in art and music. He frequently threw musical soirees in his home, where the leading Danish composers and musicians attended alongside painters and sculptors.
Waagepetersen also commissioned several pictures addressing themes from his own life and work like this piece.
Kaiser Wilhelm II strikes a pose. (ca. 1914-1916)
Boy let’s make like pre-1871 German states and unify.
Okay I’ll stop.
DAMN UR SEXY KAISER
I’m too sexy for Berlin, too sexy for Berlin, Leipzig und Frankfurt.
I’m the Kaiser, you know what I mean
and I do my little turn on the battlefield
yeah on the battlefield, on the battlefield yeah
I do my little turn on the battlefield
I know this isn’t European history, but if you go on this blog, you can ask President Andrew Jackson questions. He may have died 117 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s not hungry for your inquiries!
Anyone else feel like Old Hickory is crushing on Henry Clay, or is that just me?