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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed ou National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919). Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.


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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed ou National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919). Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.

30 review for Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    Michael Farquhar has compiled a veritable treasure trove of historical events and organized them by the calendar day upon which they occurred. "Plucked from all eras of history, and from around the globe, the bad days in this book are intended to amuse, tantalize, and enlighten — without being too predictable." From the introduction. From ancient Rome to the more modern era, anyone interested in history should find something to enjoy in here. For example, those who like to learn about doomed roman Michael Farquhar has compiled a veritable treasure trove of historical events and organized them by the calendar day upon which they occurred. "Plucked from all eras of history, and from around the globe, the bad days in this book are intended to amuse, tantalize, and enlighten — without being too predictable." From the introduction. From ancient Rome to the more modern era, anyone interested in history should find something to enjoy in here. For example, those who like to learn about doomed romance, may I suggest March 29: "There was nothing particularly special about Yaoya Oshichi, a grocer's daughter living in 17th-century Japan. Indeed, her memory undoubtedly would have been lost to history had it not been for the extraordinary circumstances of her death — a tale of romance so tragic that it enshrined the 16-year-old girl forever in Japanese literature and theater." Or maybe you want to learn about the publishers of the so-called "Wicked Bible" who faced a committee for their misdeeds on May 8: "Some readers of a 1631 edition of the King James Bible were shocked (or at least pleasantly surprised) when they came across the Seventh Commandment in the Book of Exodus: 'Thou shalt commit adultery.' Then there was the apparent blasphemy found in Deuteronomy, chapter 5: 'The Lord hath shewed us his glory, and his great asse." (The proper word was 'greatnasse'.) From the amusing to the tragic, there's something for everyone. Each listing is a short version of the event, just a couple of pages. If you want something more in-depth, you'll have to keep looking. However, if you just want a few pages of something interesting to read before bed, this book could fit the bill. Recommended for history lovers and trivia hounds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    I found this a fun book that took me forever to read.... One month a day was all I allowed myself.... to make it last. History in bite-sized easy to read bits. And all kinds of history -- from ancient to modern contemporary. I would love to find it in a desk-diary format.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Hume

    Tons of fun, very much in the Michael Farquhar style, which I love. It's the kind of book you can have on a coffee table and people will pick it up, look for their birthday, then keep thumbing through it, laughing. Great gift for people who love history and trivia. Tons of fun, very much in the Michael Farquhar style, which I love. It's the kind of book you can have on a coffee table and people will pick it up, look for their birthday, then keep thumbing through it, laughing. Great gift for people who love history and trivia.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann Keller

    Wonderful book! It really makes history come alive. Ever wonder why Henry VIII was able to have his marriage with Anne of Cleves annulled? Ever heard about Moliere's last role in 1673 or the huge vat of molasses which exploded across an industrial site in Boston in 1919, killing both men and horses? Most of us have heard about Napoleon's forces being compelled to withdraw from Russia in the dead of winter, but what about the "accomplished" surgeon, John Taylor, who managed to blind two of the wo Wonderful book! It really makes history come alive. Ever wonder why Henry VIII was able to have his marriage with Anne of Cleves annulled? Ever heard about Moliere's last role in 1673 or the huge vat of molasses which exploded across an industrial site in Boston in 1919, killing both men and horses? Most of us have heard about Napoleon's forces being compelled to withdraw from Russia in the dead of winter, but what about the "accomplished" surgeon, John Taylor, who managed to blind two of the world's greatest composers, Bach and Handel? The tale of Jane Grey is a very sad one. Then there is poor Thomas a Kempis, a saintly German monk, who finally passed on in 1471 at the ripe old age of 91. Or did he? when his coffin was opened several years later, scratch marks were found inside the coffin, clear indications that Thomas had been buried alive. Steve Wynn's loud sneeze was so powerful that the Vegas gentlemen inadvertently managed to plunge his elbow into Picasso's 1932 masterpiece, Le Reve. As a result of Wynn's faux pas, Picasso's painting was immediately devalued from $139 million to a puny $54 million. You will laugh and chuckle, cry and sigh your way through this book as numerous historical delights are brought before you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lili

    I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Read Program, here is my honest review: I am full of disappoint! History is pretty freaking huge, I expected lots of excellent ancient and modern trivia bits of badness. Most the of the events are really kinda dumb, sorry, I do not care about when a TV station made a faux pas and aired a movie instead of a baseball game, I could care less that some actor did a thing...I don't care about popculture trivia, I wanted history! I mean there was not e I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Read Program, here is my honest review: I am full of disappoint! History is pretty freaking huge, I expected lots of excellent ancient and modern trivia bits of badness. Most the of the events are really kinda dumb, sorry, I do not care about when a TV station made a faux pas and aired a movie instead of a baseball game, I could care less that some actor did a thing...I don't care about popculture trivia, I wanted history! I mean there was not even a reference to The Defenestration of Prague, that is a really random historical trivia blip that should have been included for May 23rd. I am sure some people like the more modern references, but maybe not have the Trojan Horse as your cover...it is a bit misleading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jill Hutchinson

    Are you having a bad day? I bet it is not as bad as those described in this fun and informative book. It is arranged as a calendar of each day of each month in various years since recorded history and relates a "bad day" for someone for each one. And sometimes they are obscure incidents in history that will give you a chuckle while others are treated seriously such as December 7, 1941 which simply says "A date which will live in infamy". But the majority of entries are humorous ranging from the Are you having a bad day? I bet it is not as bad as those described in this fun and informative book. It is arranged as a calendar of each day of each month in various years since recorded history and relates a "bad day" for someone for each one. And sometimes they are obscure incidents in history that will give you a chuckle while others are treated seriously such as December 7, 1941 which simply says "A date which will live in infamy". But the majority of entries are humorous ranging from the disastrous opening day of Disneyland in 1955 when nothing worked right to the infamous "fairy photographs" faked by two young girls that fooled even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Light, enjoyable reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaime F.

    Brilliant!! You must read & enjoy this book. Michael Farquhar's Bad Days in History is a collection of dreadful moments, funny accounts, horrific circumstances, hilarious revenges, and so on, and so on. From the time of the Roman Empire to centuries past to the present times, you just picked any day of the year or month and open this book on that page to see what occurred on that day as a point of reference. Thinking on keeping this book handy at a party so I can stunned my guests with witty and Brilliant!! You must read & enjoy this book. Michael Farquhar's Bad Days in History is a collection of dreadful moments, funny accounts, horrific circumstances, hilarious revenges, and so on, and so on. From the time of the Roman Empire to centuries past to the present times, you just picked any day of the year or month and open this book on that page to see what occurred on that day as a point of reference. Thinking on keeping this book handy at a party so I can stunned my guests with witty and classical knowledge. Clever!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    I like this book, it's not really a book you just sit down and read cover to cover. Historical events are given in bite sized pieces. The book jumps around to different periods which some people may not care for but I didn't have a problem with. I like this book, it's not really a book you just sit down and read cover to cover. Historical events are given in bite sized pieces. The book jumps around to different periods which some people may not care for but I didn't have a problem with.

  9. 5 out of 5

    William Schram

    My first impression of Bad Days in History is that of Wars lost and terrible things that happened over the history of the human race. The cover seems to have an illustration of the legend of the Trojan Horse. Now I say “legend” since our primary source is the story of The Iliad by Homer. This is despite the fact that there might be corroborating evidence of the existence of a city known as Troy. It doesn’t seem to be in the book, so that is a big plus. The book is a collection of all the days of My first impression of Bad Days in History is that of Wars lost and terrible things that happened over the history of the human race. The cover seems to have an illustration of the legend of the Trojan Horse. Now I say “legend” since our primary source is the story of The Iliad by Homer. This is despite the fact that there might be corroborating evidence of the existence of a city known as Troy. It doesn’t seem to be in the book, so that is a big plus. The book is a collection of all the days of the year organized by month. Each day contains a reason to know that particular date. Sometimes it is as simple as a racist man becoming the governor of a state. Other times it might be the systematic destruction of the Tsar’s enemies. The book covers a lot of history, though not all of it is important. Sometimes you get little tidbits of trivia. Do you remember the giant Molasses Flood? This book does, even if you don’t. The book talks about multiple fields of inquiry, from the realm of science to the arena of sports. Some of the things it talks about are pop cultural in nature and of no real value or benefit. So as I see it, there are two ways to read this book. You could read it cover to cover and learn all different varieties of trivia for each date, or you could search for a birthday or some other special day and find trivia for that. The book is entertaining either way. It isn’t really useful if you want some kind of special specific thing. Take the trivia on my birthday, for instance, February 6th. It covers the first historically recorded market bubble with the Tulip Bubble back in 1637. None of the days are lucky, hence the title. If you are looking for a serious book on World History, this book isn’t for you. It talks about the times that celebrities or politicians were publicly insulted. Remember Shoe-gate with George W. Bush? I do, and I had forgotten about it until this book came around. I can’t give it a really good score, but there are some interesting tidbits of information I suppose. Thankfully the library had a copy of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    3.5. Super fun and interesting - total 'bathroom read' with a lot of fast, short bites that can be read quickly. I ended up reading this one slowly by choice. Taking the book month-by-month I relished in savoring it, rather than speed reading like I tend to do. This book was great and included lots of facts I both already knew (history nerd here!) and many that were completely new-to-me (and provided a LOT of excuses to take my nerdery a step further and go off to do more research!) 3.5. Super fun and interesting - total 'bathroom read' with a lot of fast, short bites that can be read quickly. I ended up reading this one slowly by choice. Taking the book month-by-month I relished in savoring it, rather than speed reading like I tend to do. This book was great and included lots of facts I both already knew (history nerd here!) and many that were completely new-to-me (and provided a LOT of excuses to take my nerdery a step further and go off to do more research!)

  11. 4 out of 5

    LynnDee (LynnDee's Library)

    Michael Farquhar is my history bae. That is all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    2.5 stars Definitely not worth the price of 9.99

  13. 4 out of 5

    NinjaMuse

    In brief: One bad historical moment for every day of the year. Some are horrible, some are hilarious, some are outright unexpected. Thoughts: I’m veering a little off theme for this review, in that I’ve technically been reading this for over a year and have only recently finished it—but I finished Cibola Burn in 2018 too, so I’m counting it. Don’t count my reading speed on this against it, though! Given the format, this was a “pick it up in odd moments” sort of book for me, and I allowed myself t In brief: One bad historical moment for every day of the year. Some are horrible, some are hilarious, some are outright unexpected. Thoughts: I’m veering a little off theme for this review, in that I’ve technically been reading this for over a year and have only recently finished it—but I finished Cibola Burn in 2018 too, so I’m counting it. Don’t count my reading speed on this against it, though! Given the format, this was a “pick it up in odd moments” sort of book for me, and I allowed myself to be distracted by other books as well. I enjoyed it! The writing’s simple and colloquial, the humour’s constant and warm except when it’s sarcastic or relying on schadenfreude, and the facts were, for the most part, unexpected and interesting. Farquhar punches up and calls out awful events and people for what they are, and inserts extra amusing factoids and context pretty often. If you want to learn things without ever going in-depth and just generally broaden your historical knowledge a bit, this is an excellent choice of read. I do have a slight complaint, though: for all Farquhar pulls from all the continents, a lot of the stories are still Western, white, male, and most of all, American. (Not that Washington politics and sports history aren’t wild, but. Y’know.) Then again, taking the majority of stories from non-Western cultures would be … also fraught. And a smaller complaint? As a connoisseur of weird and amusing history, not every fact was entirely unexpected, though it’s nice to have dates all the same. So yeah: good book, fun read, interesting and educational, great for picking up as the mood strikes, not quite perfect for me but definitely enjoyable, and already on a rec list. Warnings: Pretty much all the warnings, but in a pretty non-graphic and undetailed way. If you can’t handle “today, somebody got decapitated by a thing” or “today, Hitler was Hitler,” probably best to give this a miss. 7/10

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    Ok, not done with it yet. Why? Well I read it a day at a time as that is how it is laid out. Think you are having a bad day? Call up the date in this tome and it will reveal a really bad day at some point in history, many going back thousands of years. Interesting blend of history and humor and an enjoyable read. I don't feel I've jumped the gun since I've been on it for a few months now and a don't expect it to change in approach or content. Interesting and entertaining. Go look up your birthda Ok, not done with it yet. Why? Well I read it a day at a time as that is how it is laid out. Think you are having a bad day? Call up the date in this tome and it will reveal a really bad day at some point in history, many going back thousands of years. Interesting blend of history and humor and an enjoyable read. I don't feel I've jumped the gun since I've been on it for a few months now and a don't expect it to change in approach or content. Interesting and entertaining. Go look up your birthday and see what ugliness transpired in the year he decided to write up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    If anyone says history is boring, please give them a copy of this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    This is a fun book to dip in and out of. It reminds me of those Book of Lists books from the 1980s.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I enjoyed the book. It is a good book to just pick up and read a little, but I pushed through it, because it was on my Kindle. I liked the combination of little-known historical events with monumental events like Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks. Some facts were just not interesting, but most were. I would like to have seen more events from ancient times, but I guess it's not always possible to know the exact month and day of such ancient historical happenings. All in all, a fun read, sometimes I enjoyed the book. It is a good book to just pick up and read a little, but I pushed through it, because it was on my Kindle. I liked the combination of little-known historical events with monumental events like Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks. Some facts were just not interesting, but most were. I would like to have seen more events from ancient times, but I guess it's not always possible to know the exact month and day of such ancient historical happenings. All in all, a fun read, sometimes not so fun, but history is like that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was my "appointment, stuck behind train, waiting on swim lessons" book for the summer. It's a nice overview of silly errors, tragic events, and poor judgments for the year. It's essentially 365 short stories. I think a slow read is better for this type of book. If I hadn't stretched it out over 2 months and read a bunch of other stuff in-between, I would have tired of the writing style quickly. As it was, it was an enjoyable book of historical anecdotes. This was my "appointment, stuck behind train, waiting on swim lessons" book for the summer. It's a nice overview of silly errors, tragic events, and poor judgments for the year. It's essentially 365 short stories. I think a slow read is better for this type of book. If I hadn't stretched it out over 2 months and read a bunch of other stuff in-between, I would have tired of the writing style quickly. As it was, it was an enjoyable book of historical anecdotes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    Fun book that I read in spurts. All 365 days of the year are represented by an event characterized by disaster, failure or death. Most are obscure facts I did not know and many are ironic in a gallow’s humor kind of way. Easily read a few days or a month at a time, this will satisfy anyone who loves trivia.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Great book. It's hard to say this was funny when it's all about bad days but it is one of the most entertaining and informative books I have every read. I love trivia and I love history. This is the best of both. Great book. It's hard to say this was funny when it's all about bad days but it is one of the most entertaining and informative books I have every read. I love trivia and I love history. This is the best of both.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    He should have stayed with short and humorous. After a while, I figure a good 2/3 of these stories should have been culled out. The premise for every day of the year doesn't hold up when such a small percentage are worth reading. He should have stayed with short and humorous. After a while, I figure a good 2/3 of these stories should have been culled out. The premise for every day of the year doesn't hold up when such a small percentage are worth reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Finnegan Howard

    Bad Days in History is a comedic retelling of unfortunate events in history that has managed to keep my interest to the end. The wording is amazing and the events are interesting enough to keep my interest. My one problem is the pacing, as a story that can be summed up in 3 paragraphs gets 3 full pages and makes the book drag on. So if you're a history fan that enjoys comedy, then this book is perfect for you. Bad Days in History is a comedic retelling of unfortunate events in history that has managed to keep my interest to the end. The wording is amazing and the events are interesting enough to keep my interest. My one problem is the pacing, as a story that can be summed up in 3 paragraphs gets 3 full pages and makes the book drag on. So if you're a history fan that enjoys comedy, then this book is perfect for you.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Some people know how to make reading about horrible things enjoyable. And some people don’t.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert Lamphear

    A wonderful way to start every day.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rel

    I haven't read this whole book, but the point isn't to read the whole thing in one go. The point is to have it around, as a sort of reference book/oddity. This isn't just a book of bad things that have happened to (often well-known or famous... "news-worhty") people on a particular day, which would be awesome enough. It's a book of what some people would describe as one of the worst days of their lives, without being horrifically awful (I have yet to come across a story of rape/murder). Just bad I haven't read this whole book, but the point isn't to read the whole thing in one go. The point is to have it around, as a sort of reference book/oddity. This isn't just a book of bad things that have happened to (often well-known or famous... "news-worhty") people on a particular day, which would be awesome enough. It's a book of what some people would describe as one of the worst days of their lives, without being horrifically awful (I have yet to come across a story of rape/murder). Just bad days. Bad Days, in history. Well-crafted, often-informative, historically-significant schaudenfreude - A+ That said, some of the stories are sublime... in that override the schaudenfruede circuits; they strike a personal chord in some tangential way. So, while acknowledging that scheaudenfreude is possible, the reader bypasses it and experiences empathy. And isn't schaudenfreude a form of empathy, anyway? This book reminds me of Happy Cruelty Day, for obvious reasons. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because I found some of the stories personally boring. Like, I'm sure that that sports moment was really devastating for those people involved, but blah blah blah sports, to me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Bad Days In History Fun and interesting, but it felt like it took a year to read it.  Perhaps getting it out of the library wasn't a great idea. Not a book to read on a time constraint.  But enjoyable. Bad Days In History Fun and interesting, but it felt like it took a year to read it.  Perhaps getting it out of the library wasn't a great idea. Not a book to read on a time constraint.  But enjoyable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Only read a few pages and it was about famous people acting badly. I just didn't care. Only read a few pages and it was about famous people acting badly. I just didn't care.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joy Cagil

    I enjoyed reading this book a lot, not because bad things happened to other people but because I didn’t know about 90% of those events, such as poor Harry Truman’s mother-in-law who hated him moving in with him and her daughter into the White House. A good example to what the author puts it in the introduction as, “No matter how lousy your day has been, somewhere in time, someone else's was so much worse." It is true that, in general, I find trivia entertaining, and since I like history, this boo I enjoyed reading this book a lot, not because bad things happened to other people but because I didn’t know about 90% of those events, such as poor Harry Truman’s mother-in-law who hated him moving in with him and her daughter into the White House. A good example to what the author puts it in the introduction as, “No matter how lousy your day has been, somewhere in time, someone else's was so much worse." It is true that, in general, I find trivia entertaining, and since I like history, this book made my day stretching into a few days while I read it. I may even read it again, and I never read a book twice. The stories that stand out for me are quite a few, such as what happened to astronomer Tycho Brahe, The Great Emu War, when the sperm whale exploded in Oregon, Tom Shales going after Kathie Lee, Gifford, what the hotel-owner Steve Winn did to a priceless Picasso, the misprint in a 1632 Bible that says, “thou shalt commit adultery, The Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith’s 1915 film celebrating KKK, Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima’s ritual suicide going bad, what happened to Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris who were with Lincoln in the presidential box when he was assassinated many years after, and many other anecdotes all told with a clear, impartial language. The anecdotes in the book are in a specific order, from January to the end of December, however with no chronology as to the year but to the day; for example, what happened in the twentieth century followed by another event in the sixteenth century and vice versa if they were in two same or consecutive days of a certain month. This alone makes the pacing interesting and keeps the reader paying attention. The lesson gathered from all this is that bad luck, mayhem, and misfortune can happen any day and any time of any month, regardless of the year or century. Then, it is true that a good part of the book is somewhat dark and even graphic, but this is because the contents agree with the title, and no reader should fault that arrangement.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Baer

    This is a fun and addictive read (OK, took me a month... call it habit-forming). One take-away thought I have is to be thankful for living NOW, as opposed to the many THEN moments. Consider May 22, 1856. "In the decades before the Civil War - when sectional differences over slavery and state rights began to intensify to a dangerous degree - edgy lawmakers roamed the halls of Congress armed with pistols and daggers, practically daring any political opponent to defy them. ..." The text goes on to This is a fun and addictive read (OK, took me a month... call it habit-forming). One take-away thought I have is to be thankful for living NOW, as opposed to the many THEN moments. Consider May 22, 1856. "In the decades before the Civil War - when sectional differences over slavery and state rights began to intensify to a dangerous degree - edgy lawmakers roamed the halls of Congress armed with pistols and daggers, practically daring any political opponent to defy them. ..." The text goes on to describe how Massachusetts representative Charles Sumner, having offended slave state representatives with his "Crime Against Kansas" speech, was approached two days later, while quietly working at is desk in the Senate chamber, by South Carolina senator Preston Brooks. "Without warning, Brooks then began whacking Sumner over the head with his cane. The assault didn't stop, even after Sumner collapsed on the floor in a bloody heap, and his injuries were so grave that it would take him years to recover and return to his Senate seat. ... Northern reaction to Sumner's bludgeoning was one of horror... In the South, however Brooks was hailed as a hero". Think our current politics is toxic? One can draw analogies, sure, but there's a world of difference between a Twitter attack and THAT.

  30. 4 out of 5

    RumBelle

    This was just as advertised, a gleefully grim, witty and satirically written chronicle of some of the worst, most devastating days in history. The book traversed the globe, and time covering time from the ancient world to just a couple of years ago. The writing was interesting and engaging, by no means dull and dusty. The range of horribleness ran the gamut from funny to truly terrifying. One thing that struck me about this book was, in several cases, bad events that are famous for taking place This was just as advertised, a gleefully grim, witty and satirically written chronicle of some of the worst, most devastating days in history. The book traversed the globe, and time covering time from the ancient world to just a couple of years ago. The writing was interesting and engaging, by no means dull and dusty. The range of horribleness ran the gamut from funny to truly terrifying. One thing that struck me about this book was, in several cases, bad events that are famous for taking place on certain days, were not listed in this chronicle. Other, perhaps, lesser known events were documented instead. This is not to say famous events were not shown, they were in high numbers, but I would say an equal number of less well known items were shown. Some of the ones that caught my eye included: January 15th 1919 Huge spill at a molasses plant in Boston March 15th 44 BC Julius Caesar was killed, on the same day in 1918 Nicholas II abdicated (the ides of March indeed!) September 26th 1687 The Ottoman Turks bomb the Parthenon causing the damage that has lasted till this day Nov 5th 1688 England invites and invasion from William of Orange just to rid themselves of their king James II If you love history, even a little, this is a fantastic book to just thumb through, or read cover to cover.

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