Some items seen in the library are Everybody Poops: The Video, Yu-Gi-Oh! Price Guides, and Itchy & Scratchy books on tape.
Henry wipes his mouth with the Magna Carta, an important document in the 1200s. This is not the only time that Homer wipes his mouth with an important document, as he also does so with the sacred parchment at a meeting of the secret Stonecutters society in Homer the Great. In Make Room for Lisa, he licks the Eighth Amendment off the Bill of Rights.
Homer says to Bart in his dream to "get out of my dreams and into my wife", a reference to the song, "Get Outta My Dreams, and into My Car", which in turn was inspired by a line in the song You're Sixteen.
Homer sings a variation of "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am".
Marge says that one of the good things about Elizabeth I's reign is the fact that it gives various British actresses a chance to play her when they reach a certain age, a reference to the frequent portrayals of Elizabeth in film and television by famous actresses such as Glenda Jackson, Helen Mirren and Judi Dench.
The music in Bart's opera is in fact Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" with lyrics referring to flatulence. However, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" is a serenade, not an opera.
The three untalented brothers of Antonio and Mozart are Randy, Jermaine, and Tito, three members from the Jackson Five.
Reverend Lovejoy says, "In the name of Henry, the Hank and the holy Harry." The latter two are references to cast members Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer.
The theme of a hard working but undervalued person seeking revenge against a successful but undeserving person was last used in Homer's Enemy.
Moe's Tavern blows away like Dorothy's House in the Wizard of Oz. Also, he says that he built the bar in Kansas, which is where Dorothy lived.
Salieri was a man and he was not related to Mozart at all. He also gained fame and the emperor's favor before Mozart did, and may have tried to keep Mozart from moving up — the opposite of the portrayal in the episode. Mozart's real sister was actually named Maria.
Henry is portrayed in this episode as having no sons, only daughters. In real life, Henry VIII had two sons: the illegitimate Henry Fitzroy, born from his mistress, Bessie Blount; and King Edward VI, born from Jane Seymour, Henry's third wife. She was also considered Henry's favorite wife for this reason.
Catherine of Aragon is shown to have assassinated Henry VIII, leading to his death. However, in real life, she died 11 years before Henry.
Mozart was portrayed as a child who died at about age 10 of a cold or the flu. However in reality he died when he was 35 and of an unknown disease.
In the Sacagawea segment, the chief (Homer) says that Sacagawea's (Lisa) name meant "little know-it-all." It is said to mean "bird woman." This is done as a joke.
In the Henry VIII segment it has Jane Seymour getting executed; in reality she died in childbirth, but after she had the heir — Edward VI — that Henry wanted.
It also shows Henry executing all but his first wife; in reality only the second and the fifth were executed. They were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who were both executed on charges of adultery, which was considered at the time treason for a queen.
Marge explains how Elizabeth I eventually became queen and that England's power was never greater; in fact, England reached its greatest power about four centuries later as the British Empire. The true order of succession after Henry's death was Edward VI; Lady Jane Grey, who was named in order to keep the Catholic Mary from bringing Catholicism back to England; Mary, who usurped the throne and had Jane executed; and finally Elizabeth, after Mary died childless.
Order of King Henry's wives in the episode — Margarine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn (beheaded for giving birth to a daughter), Jane Seymour (beheaded for her voice), Otto (suggested Anne of Cleves, beheaded for appearance), unnamed wife (suggested to be Catherine Howard, beheaded for unknown reasons), old unnamed wife (possibly Catherine Parr, beheaded as she was old and Henry didn't want to kiss her). King Henry's wives in real life — Catherine of Aragon (annulled for failure to produce a living son), Anne Boleyn (beheaded for adultery and for not giving birth to any surviving sons), Jane Seymour (died from complications of childbirth), Anne of Cleves (annulled due to appearance), Catherine Howard (beheaded on grounds of adultery and treason), and Catherine of Parr (became a widow after Henry's death).
In the second segment the tribe leader said that he sold Sacagawea to Sharbinno (Milhouse). In real life Sacagawea was given to Sharbinno through a poker game and he already had another wife.
The epilogue said that Sacagawea went on to model for butter boxes. However, the box they're probably talking about didn't release until after Sacagawea's death. Obviously this was done as a joke.
Marge said that you could trade a Sacagawea dollar at a bank for a real dollar, However, you can sell a Sacagawea dollar for large sums of money and get rolls of them at a bank.
All of these errors can be justified as gaps in Marge's knowledge or she made parts of the story up to make them appealing to the kids.
When Salieri drinks a glass of wine after successfully ruining Mozart's symphony, he promptly falls asleep. However, before he serves Emperor Burns a glass of wine, he only pours the sleeping agent into his glass. He probably also put it in another glass by mistake.
When Lewis and Clark are welcomed by the Native Americans, Homer calls Clark Carl instead of his correct name in the story. This may have been done intentionally for laughs.
In the Mozart segment, when Salieri enters the asylum, Crazy Cat Lady can be seen and heard.
According to the Itchy and Scratchy poster, it airs Tuesdays on Channel 6.