The (Formerly) Longest Reigning Queen – Victoria

Today in History, September 22, 1896:

Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather, King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

She was Queen from 1837 until her death in 1901, a time period known as the “Victorian Era.”

A time which witnessed the American Civil War, many changes in the British Empire, and the Industrial Revolution.

King George III by the way, was the much maligned ruler of England and the “Colonies” during the American Revolution.

This made me curious, so I looked it up…during the entire history of the United States, the British Empire has had only 11 (ELEVEN) monarchs.

Only 20 since the settlement of the Plymouth Colony in 1620.

We have had the fortune to witness the Queen who surpassed Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II.

1896 Olympics…Modern Reincarnation

Today in History, March 6, 1896:

The first modern Olympics are held in Athens, Greece. The ancient Olympic games were held in Olympia (thus Olympics) Greece for hundreds of years.

When the 1896 games were held, one of the first events was a run to retrace the route a Greek soldier had taken from Marathon to Athens in 490 B. C., bringing news that the invading Persians had been defeated (Thus the term Marathon). In 1896 there were 280 participants (some of them passing tourists).