Here are some one liners...
Musical Genius is Born Again, Again and Again -- Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti. Their music will survive and prosper into the modern day.
Long Live the King and the King's Bastard -- King Charles the 2nd dies, creating a big problem. His brother James is Catholic but his bastard son is Protestant. Guess who gets the axe? I also talk about William and Mary.
French Texas -- The French are looking for Louisiana and accidentally colonize Texas. I talk about the Louisiana Purchase and make a joke about the commute between Houston and College Station.
Musical Genius is Born Again, Again and AgainThree musical geniuses are born this year:
- * Johann Sebastian Bach is born into a musical family. His father is a musical director and his uncles are all professional musicians. His music is most immediately recognized as the opening piece in the animated film Disney's Fantasia. (Click here for the Disney version)   
- * George Frideric Handel will soon be recognized as a child prodigy in music but his father will want him to become a lawyer. When the Duke hears the kid play, the father will be overruled. Most people recognize Handel's inspiring "Hallelujah Chorus". It will make you cry. Guaranteed. (Click Here for the Food Court version)     
- * Domenico Scarlatti is born into a family that couldn't care less about music. Yet he will build a reputation that will survive into the modern day. I did not instantly recognize his music, but after sampling one of his sonatas, even a tin ear like mine was impressed. (Click here for a sample on guitar)