John’s Believe It Or Not… February 24th

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Freehearted Friday! Did you know…

1663 – Louis XIV makes New France a Royal Colony of France; first law courts established.(The King cancels the charter and takes over the assets of the Company oMap of New France in 1665 - takes in present-day Quebec, Ontario, and the Ohio Valley.f One Hundred Associates (or Company of New France) which was given exclusive rights over fur trading in the New World in exchange for promises to colonize; also takes over other private trading and colonizing charters; New France made a royal colony of France, with a governor and an intendant; law courts come into existence.)

303 A.D. 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian. (“The Diocletianic Persecution” (303–11), the empire’s largest and bloodiest official persecution of Christianity.)

1582 Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar. (The Gregorian Calendar is the most widely used calendar in the world today. It is a solar calendar based on a 365-day common year divided into 12 months of irregular lengths.)

1982 Reagan announces Caribbean Basin Initiative. (It was a new program of economic and military assistance to nations of the Caribbean designed to “prevent the overthrow of the governments in the region” by the “brutal and totalitarian” forces of communism. The CBI, however, had little impact on improving the economic situation of the nations it was trying to aid. Eventually, the entire concept was allowed to simply fade away, and the Reagan administration chose to employ more forceful anti-communist measures in the region. These included support of the anti-Sandinista Contras, massive military aid to the Salvadoran government, and, in 1983, the invasion of Grenada to remove its leftist government.)

1988 U.S. Supreme Court defends the right to satirise public figures. (The U.S. Supreme Court votes 8-0 to overturn the $200,000 settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler, a pornographic magazine.)

Look who was born on this date!


Portrait of King Charles V - shoulders up.* Charles V in 1500. (Holy Roman Emperor who ruled over a vast territory that extended from the German low countries to the borders of the Ottoman empire, Spain, Italy and to the new expanding territories in central and south America.) 


Head and shoulder shot of Wagner in baseball cap and uniform.* Honus Wagner in 1874. (MLB Shortshop nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman” due to his superb speed and German heritage, he played 21 seasons in the MLB from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates, during which time he won eight batting titles. He is widely considered to be the greatest shortstop of all time.)

Head shot photo of Steve Jobs.* Steve Jobs in 1955. (Inventor, entrepreneur and businessman, Jobs co-founded Apple Computer from his parents’ garage in 1976, then went on to found NeXT and Pixar before returning to Apple in 1996. As CEO, he oversaw the introduction of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPad and the iPhone, revolutionising personal computing. Under his leadership, Apple became the most valuable company in the world.)




Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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