Ole Larson's Folks

No close family anniversaries … unless you count our anecdotal ancestor Harold II Godwinsson, last Anglo-Saxon king of England. On this date in 1066, Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings by William, Duke of Normandy, thereafter known as “The Conqueror.” Top photo: Death of King Harold, detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, the needlework dating, incredibly, from the 1070s, only a decade after the events. The preservation of this fabric, over 200 feet long, for nearly a thousand years is a fascinating story in itself.  Oh, and William the Conqueror was also, anecdotally, our ancestor. Read more …


William the Conqueror (c. 1028-1087)

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More recently, and on a lighter note, on this date in 1926, the book, Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne made its debut.

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