Catholic Bard’s Guide to History Introduction

Catholic Bard’s Guide to History Introduction February 5, 2024

In the present moment you exist you are living in what future generations will look back upon as history. They may not remember your specific name or maybe not even see your name on a tombstone, but they will remember the times, culture, events, places and particular individuals that shaped our world for better and for worse.

Whether you are remembered or forgotten on earth, there is only one place and person whom it is important that remembers you.

And verily I say unto you, Wheresoever the gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.  Mark 14:9  

By James Tissot – Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007, Public Domain, 1900

It’s interesting and intriguing to investigate these increments of time and to reflect upon how it used to be, knowing that it has shaped how it would be now. I have started to write and will be writing and presenting to you blog posts on

The Catholic Bard’s Guide to History

These blog posts on history are an extensive short list of some of the highlights of important events and people who lived and shaped the year and the few years preceding it or succeeding it. And perhaps some particular days as well. It will be one good look at what was “One Heck of a Ride Around the Sun.”

It is a good resource for

  • An aspiring  author who wants quick info for that great historical novel you want to write.
  • History and Trivia buffs.
  • A list of people to pray for who might possibly be in need of prayers either before they died or after they died.
  • Time Travelers looking for info on a good year to visit and sightsee.

Catholic Bard’s Guide To History Timeline Of Articles |
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To understand What I love and How I Write About History  click on this particular link.

To understand about this particular series I’m writing about, read more below.

Historical Introduction

Every time period may have references to the past of the date mentioned or the future of the date mentioned. As I move on through history, I will narrow my focus and include more historical data and trivia. All posts are subjects to updates and revisions.

So now that is all said. You have to start your journey somewhere so I’m starting in the beginning.

Biblical Figures Who Lived Before The First Christmas 

People And Places Before The First Christmas 

The first one I wrote was…

1775 Was a Heck of a Ride Around the Sun | A look back at the years 1775, 1785  

Why a Heck of a Ride Around the Sun?

It might be good for you to know why this history series is called A Heck of a Ride Around the Sun.

History does not fit neatly into the annual cycles of the Gregorian calendar. A year is not a historical category, it’s a cosmological event: a single revolution of the earth around the sun; three hundred and sixty-five spins on its polar axis; or, in the case of  certain years , a leap year, three hundred and sixty-six.

With that in mind, here is a more modest claim: This Particular Year by whatever quirk of history or cosmology, was one hell of a ride around the sun.

What follows is an attempt to recount the disparate events that certain people confronted on their way into their own futures. Confined to a single journey of the earth around the sun  it is the story of several smaller journeys, beginning, on the first day of the year.

Jim Rasenberger,America, 1908: The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T and the Making of a Modern Nation  (2006)

Or I might call it The Year of ……

The Hobbit, Snow White and Dr. Seuss – 1937

This is the year The Hobbit, the first all animated feature and the first Dr. Seuss book all came out.

Connecting Creative Moments in History

is the goal of these writings.

I love to see what events were going on at the same time other events were going on.

Oh my …, I don’t believe, how can it be?
That you’re alive at the same time as me
-Pale Waves- Fall to Pieces.

I’m so happy that I’m alive
Happy I’m alive at the same time as you
-Coldplay featuring Chris Martin-Higher Power

Through the Years some of the years I break down

are usually broken down in these possible categories.

Stolen Art Picture

Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” How does an artist look at the world? First, you figure out what’s worth stealing, then you move on to the next thing. That’s about all there is to it. When you look at the world this way, you stop worrying about what’s “good” and what’s “bad”—there’s only stuff worth stealing, and stuff that’s not worth stealing. –Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (2012) Workman Publishing Company.

News of the World

CAPTAIN KIDD LAID out the Boston Morning Journal on the lectern and began to read from the article on the Fifteenth Amendment. He had been born in 1798 and the third war of his lifetime had ended five years ago and he hoped never to see another but now the news of the world aged him more than time itself. The lantern lights were harsh, the air was dark. Captain Kidd traveled from town to town in North Texas with his newspapers and read aloud the news of the day to assemblies like this in halls or churches for a dime a head. –Paulette Jiles,  News of the World (2016)


November 16, 1835 – Halley’s Comet reaches perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun.

November 30, 1835– Mark Twain, Author of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper (d. 1910) 


April 10, 1910– Halley’s Comet becomes visible with the naked eye (perihelion: April 20);  Earth passes through its tail about May 19  (its next visit will be in 1986).

April 21, 1910

Hey A Movie

Hey! A movie!
Yeah! We’re gonna be a movie!
Starring everybody…
…And me!

Publications Hot of the Press

“Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.” — Robert Southey

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”— Dr. Seuss

Sanctifying Time

The Church takes seriously the call to sanctify all things, even time. The Catholic significance of days and months is a profound reminder that our lives are finite, and that time should not be squandered. As the Psalmist said, “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). But more than anything, it reminds us that time is a gift from God, and with him and through him, all things are holy, and nothing is without meaning. –SAM GUZMAN, Sanctifying Time: The Catholic Meaning of Days and Months (FEBRUARY 24, 2015) (

The Sound of Music and Other Cultural Milestones

And some articles might be broken down differently…

Some of the Information I get from and might include in an article come from…

List of popes – Wikipedia
List of presidents of the United States – Wikipedia

List of Ecumenical councils – Wikipedia
List of U.S. states by date of admission to the Union – Wikipedia

List of Doctors of the Church – Wikipedia
List of amendments to the Constitution of the United States – Wikipedia

Famous People in the World –  (
Browse In Timeline – Oxford Reference

Reclaiming Catholic History Series

One Last Thing…

Outside of Patheos I have  written an article for ‘Where Peter Is”.  It’s a piece that highlights all the cultural things that were happening in the same decade that the Second Vatican Council was happening. A snapshot of the world of Vatican II – Where Peter Is.

2021 and 2023 I did a weekly review of  What Happen Last Year and Week in Life. Take a look back at yesterday if you want to learn more.

Last Week in Life Easy Access Portal | Mark Wilson ( 2021

Last Week In Life Easy Access Portal | A Link List of Last Week In Life, A weekly review of each week in 2023 (



To Understand

What I love and How I Write About History  

Hit the Link Above.

To understand about this particular series I’m writing about,

Heck of a Ride Around the Sun (HOARATS)

please read

The Catholic Bard’s Guide To History Introduction  

And to view a historical article click on

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