This (Pseudo-Fictional) Day in History Lie-All

As a fan and member of Reddit, my daily lurkings recently introduced me to the r/fakehistoryporn sub-reddit. The purview of this particular community is the combination of pictures or videos and text to produce a humorous account of the events of history. Sometimes the images are the fiction, sometimes the text, sometimes both. Regardless, the focus is producing the lols without prescribing themselves to a particular timeline or historical accuracy.

As for me, I’ve never considered myself a “history buff” per se, but I have always been fascinated by the cultures, mythologies, and events of our world. In that same vein, I wouldn’t classify myself as being a funny guy, but I do enjoy producing laughs when the occasion presents itself just as much as I appreciate having a good laugh.

So, I have decided to take it upon myself to provide my perspective on pivotal moments in history via a series ambiguously factual contributions I have titled “This (Pseudo-Fictional) Day in History”. My goal is to find a real historical event corresponding with the current calendar day that I can embellish for your and my enjoyment. Events will be legit, accompanying facts - when provided - may or may not be, pictures never will be. I don't know how long I will keep this going, but in the meantime, I hope you find this as fun as I believe I will have producing it.

Edit: Feel free to pop in with your own This Pseudo-Fictional Day in History contributions!

Rules of Engagement

1.) Historical events must correspond with the current calendar day. Be sure to include the entire historical date in heading of your post!

2.) Pictures can be real life, pop culture, etc., but there must be a clear, fictional link between the picture and the historical event. No pictures from the actual event allowed!

3.) Pictures may, but are not required, to be followed by one or more real facts or pseudo-facts. Make sure to provide an indicator of which of the two types of facts (real or pseudo) you have chosen to share.

4.) Pseudo-facts should create a fictional link between the lore/history of the picture and the facts of the historical event.

5.) Have fun and be creative!

Note: Depictions of modern-political and/or divisive current events are discouraged.

For REAL history Discussion, see Clusks' thread:

Without further ado…

This Day in History: Nov. 15, 1891 - German WWII General Erwin "Desert Fox" Rommel is Born


10 Pseudo-"Facts" about Erwin Rommel:
(Adapted from 10 Facts about Erwin Rommel – The Desert Fox)

1.) First attempt to enlist was rejected in 1909, but he was finally accepted into the German Fox Corps in 1910.

2.) Thrived as a canine cadet. Commandant described him as “cute, cuddly, but a giant pain in my ass. God dammit, where’s my *&%! slippers?!”

3.) Commissioned in 1913; he was wounded three times – impaled by own stick while playing fetch, severely scratched during a flea outbreak, and in an unfortunate encounter with Honey Badger.

4.) Awarded Germany’s highest military honor – the Blue Max – in a surprise attack on Italian pigeons at Mount Matajur.

5.) In 1937, he was personally appointed the canine companion of the Hitler Youth by Hitler himself.

6.) Escaped a close encounter with Royal British hunters during their annual fox hunt in France.

7.) Made his name racing a Renault sedan from the Franco-German border to the Channel coast.

8.) Suffered from depression throughout his career. In 1942 he wrote to his wife, “The dead are lucky, they don’t have to suffer the burden of being this damn cute.”

9.) Won his last victory while recuperating at a vet clinic after sustaining serious injuries chasing cars.

10.) Commited suicide by ingesting rat poison-infused Purina after being linked to the famous Valkyrie operation to bite the hand of Hitler.

This Day in History - Nov. 16, 13 A.D.: Roman General Tiberius leads triumphant procession through Rome following successful siege of Germany


3 Pseudo-"Facts" about the Roman General/Emperor Tiberius
(Adapted from

1.) Son of the Romulans Nero and Liviana Charvanek and groomed for the capture and command of the Federation Starship USS Augustus.

2.) Died March 16, 37 of suspected voraxna poisoning by his own heir, the notorious Caligula.

3.) As a General, Tiberius was granted tribunal powers and sent to smother Reman rebellion.

This Day in History - Nov. 17, 1863: Battle of Knoxville, Tennessee
(pre-post for the weekend)


This Day in History - Nov. 18, 1820: Antarctica sighted by U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer
(pre-post for the weekend)


This Day in History - Nov. 19, 1897: Massive fire destroys 100 buildings in Cripplegate, London


This Day in History - Nov. 20, 1985: Microsoft releases Windows 1.0


3 REAL Facts about Windows 1.0

1.) It was considered a cheap OS at the time - just $99 dollars vice the $10,000 for Apple's "Lisa" operating system.

2.) Critics didn't believe users would want to use a mouse to control their computer.

3.) Windows used tiles that couldn't be placed over one another. When that feature came to Windows in a later version, Apple sued.

This Day in History - Nov. 21, 1986: U.S. Justice Department begins investigation of the Iran-Contra Affair


Ambiguously-factual purpose of the Iran-Contra Affair
(Adapted from

The Iran-Contra Affair was a secret U.S. arms deal that traded missiles and other arms to free American Hostages held by the evil Red Falcon Organization.

This Day in History - Nov. 22, 1718: Blackbeard the Pirate is killed near Okracoke Island, NC


This Day in History - Nov. 23, 1248: Seville, Spain surrenders to siege of Ferdinand III


This Day in History - Nov. 24, 1991: Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury dies


This Day in History - Nov. 25, 2348 B.C.: Biblical start date of the Great Flood


This Day in History - Nov. 26, 1983: 6,800 gold bars stolen from Heathrow Airport


...and now I'm all caught up after the long weekend. Belated Happy Thanksgiving, Goojers!

This Day in History - Nov. 27, 1826: Jebediah Smith arrives in San Diego, becoming first American to cross the North American Southwest


Not-so-ambiguously untruthful facts about Jebediah Smith

Come and listen to my story about a man named Jeb
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
And then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground come a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol Jeb's a millionaire,
The kinfolk said "Jeb move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly

Interesting... I hope you don't mind if I give it a shot...

Also this day in history - 27 November - Emperor Marcus Aurelius grants his son Commodus the rank of "Imperator" and makes him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions.


Glad to have some company! Updated my OP to include some Rules of Engagement, in case anybody else wants to give it a go!

On this day in history:

1934 - U.S.A. -- Baby Face Nelson
Baby Face Nelson wanted after shoot out with federal agents in Illinois. Melvin Purvis, head of the Chicago Bureau of the Department of Justice told his men, "Get 'Baby Face' Nelson - dead or alive."


This Day in History - Nov. 28, 1941: USS Enterprise departs for Wake Island, narrowly avoiding destruction by Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor


This Day in History - 1967 First pulsar observed
Graduate student Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University were the first people to observe and discover pulsars. Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron magnetized stars that emit radiation.


Nice! Don't forget to include the full date, Cartoonin!

This Day in History - Nov. 29, 1961: NASA launches Enos the Chimpanzee into Earth's orbit


This Day in History - Nov. 29, 1972 Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.


Hahaha! That's great!!!

This Day in History - Nov. 30, 1950 President Truman declares that the United States will use the A-bomb to get peace in Korea.


This Day in History - Dec. 2, 1804: Napoleon crowns himself Emperor of France at Notre Dame


This Day in History - Dec 3, 1915 The United States expels German attaches on spy charges.


This Day in History - Dec. 4, 1956: The 'Million Dollar Quartet' records in Memphis


Million Dollar Quartet REAL Fact:

The Million Dollar Quartet was an impromptu record session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.

This Day in History - Dec. 4, 1956 President Ronald Reagan broadens the power of the CIA by allowing spying in the United States.


This Day in History - Dec. 5, 1933: 21st Amendment to U.S. Constitution ends Prohibition


This Day in History - Dec. 5, 1484 Pope Innocent VIII issues a bill deploring the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany.


This Day in History - Dec. 6, 1492: Christopher Columbus lands at Santo Domingo in search of GOOOOOLD!!!