The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and sparked European integration, ethnic wars, Russian economic collapse, the end of Apartheid and blood shed in Congo.
Mass marketing and advertising of patent medicines began at about the same time as the California Gold Rush. These "cure-alls" made outrageous claims and some were a recipe for disaster...
Humans are fascinated with the preservation of their dead. From Rosalia Lombardo to John Torrington and the Wet Mummies of China, here are the world's best preserved examples.
Alexander the Great was an amazing commander, but he was not the great general history sometimes sees.
We take it for granted that we can look out of our homes through glass windows and walk in and out through lockable doors. But when were the first windows made? Have we always had doors? Find out now!
The Armistice on November 11, 1918 did not end the hostilities of World War I until 11:00 AM. That morning almost 11,000 men were killed, wounded or went missing.
The Twin Towers were not the first buildings in New York City to be hit by aircrafts. The Empire State Building was hit by an airplane accidentally in 1945. This is the story of that incident.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy continues right up to this day, over 50 years after his untimely death. Here are some facts about the great man.
Life in the trenches during World War I was a terrifying, grim affair. But amid the horrors of the Great War, how did the soldiers spend their leisure time and enjoy themselves on the Western Front?
Gaul was an ancient enemy of Rome, but it was not simply one tribe of barbarians, they were many. Through their actions the Sequani changed the face of Gaul.
What is Morse Code? Is it still used today? Find out who is credited for inventing morse code and the importance of it.
On April 24, 1918, three British Mark IV tanks (one male and two females) encountered three German A7V tanks. What ensued was the very first tank vs tank battle.
Osho is well known today for his quotes and insightful sayings. However, there is another more questionable and controversial side to Osho that many people do not know about!
A look at the top five public works projects built during the Great Depression, all part of the New Deal.
Everyone that ever lived and everything they did has contributed to our history. It's the story of people on this planet. Historians are time-detectives, looking for clues to find out about the past.
Those wacky royals are always up to something. Unfortunately, in past centuries, that something also included inbreeding. Find out what kinds of conditions a shallow gene pool caused in royalty.
Feudalism shaped the Middle Ages in Europe and defined the social and economic relationships between people from the 9th through to the 15th century. Here are 15 facts about Feudalism.
Down in the hollow one may hear echos of the drills that bore into the hillsides, eking out mines with seams so narrow in some places that miners had to move through on their knees. If anyone could go down into the mines now, there might be sounds from the distant past -- pick axes, hammers and other tools still chinking away in the dark underground.
Of all the great historical figures that have shaped the world down the ages. Which ten have had the most profound effect on both human and natural history.
Hellenistic and Hellenic civilization were time periods in Ancient Greece. But what's the difference between the two? Wasn't "Ancient Greece" just Ancient Greece? Not really...
Recently, I was talking with a colleague at work and I mentioned that civilizations usually only last 500 years. The only problem was that I couldn't remember where I had heard that. In fact, I wasn't all that sure that I was right. I know that the...
The telephone is an amazing piece of technology that has shaped our lives in more ways than we can possibly imagine. It is such a common item today that we barely even think about it - we just take for granted that we will have access to a...
Private William Hunter, who enlisted in the British Army in 1914 when he was 16, after repeated absences from his regiment, was shot at dawn for desertion on Feb 21, 1916.
Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone revolutionized 19th century communication and was the precursor to the development of of the satellite mobile communications revolution of today...
Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States and he had a very aggressive personality and bad temper. Before he became President, one thing he was known for was fighting in duels. Although it's unknown how many duels he fought in, there were some standouts that have been well documented. These are 3 of those standouts.
Hades is very interesting, because he rules the dead, or people who need periodic times of privacy with which they can use to think about whatever troubles them. Hades also has psychic powers.
40 Facts about Tamerlane - Timur the Lame conquered half the world despite his debilitating injuries. However, he is largely forgotten in popular history.
The nine Muses in Greek mythology have been an inspiration to art, philosophy and science since antiquity. Apollo is their teacher.
The Italian Front has never garnered the attention paid other fronts in World War One. Italy tied down millions of Austro-Hungarian troops which otherwise would have fought against the Russians.
The recent discovery of a series of Meso-American archaeological sites in the rain forest of Honduras has provided scientists with reason to re-examine their understanding of pre-Columbian history.
The values of the Cult of Domesticity focused on the happiness of the family unit and the wholeness of the home. Popular in the 1800s to early 1900s, 1950s, and now 2010s as the New Domesticity.
A description of the flags used by pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. Symbols commonly seen on these flags are explained, and examples of flags flown by famous pirate captains are shown.
Sarah Forbes Bonetta was an orphaned African princess given as a gift to Queen Victoria by the King of Dahomey. Victoria became Sarah's godmother, and received her into the royal extended family.
Therapy has progressed from driving out demons through violence and abuse to psychoanalysis and medication with lobotomies and electroconvulsive shocks along the way.
Darwin Day is celebrated worldwide every year on Feb. 12. Why do we have a holiday to celebrate Charles Darwin? Why is Darwin a freethought hero?
Carpathia rescued the survivors of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. But what happened to this vessel afterwards?
In 1851, at a time when there were only 25 women in a booming mining camp of 5000 men, one of those women was accused of murder, and became the only woman in California ever to be unlawfully hanged.
This is a brief overview of the history of the Marthoma Church. This is one of several churches that originated in India. The Marthoma Church has over 1000 parishes throughout the world.
Tips on creating the perfect Medieval-themed meal for your next event! Tudor period focus, but great for general medieval parties, too! (Note: jousting and knights not included, but encouraged.)
Find the list of great women achievers from history. All these women are from different fields and did extraordinary in their life and times.
130 years after her death, Marie Laveau is still "the" Queen of Voodoo, but her life is more mystery than history. She couldn't read or write, and never gave an interview, never sat for a portrait.
Who first discovered America? Was it Columbus...or did somebody else get there first? If so, who? How do we know?
What did people eat in the 1920s? Learn a little bit of history with food in the 1920s and also see an authentic 1920s menu of food with recipes!
During the Great War, the Japanese were allied with the Triple Entente. Though their casualties were miniscule, their navy patrolled half the world and even fought in the Mediterranean Sea.
These amazing white mummies found in China show us a part of history that has been completely forgotten. How did they get there? And who were they?
Grinding poverty forced families to send children as young as three off to work in the most appalling conditions imaginable.
A look into the history of the Titanic and the legacy of its passengers. Stories of those people who died and those who survived when the Titanic sank on April 14th 1912. Those who were Third-Class passengers died the most.
Alexander II of Russia brought about great reforms to his country that have gone forgotten over the years.
Everyone knows what happened to the RMS Queen Mary. As the last surviving liner, she's a float hotel in Long Beach, California. But where is her sister, RMS Queen Elizabeth? It's a sadder story.
The Eastern Front in World War 1 was every bit as horrendous as the Western Front and the war in the west cannot be fully understood without appreciating the effect the war in the east had on it.
Imprisoned for helping the Jews and aiding the resistance in Nazi-occupied Holland, Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom survived the Holocaust to found a worldwide ministry based on love and forgiveness.
In some ways, Australia offered conditions for the perfect British colony, but in other ways it was far from ideal.
A phenomenon of the Cold War period in U.S. history, "McCarthyism" is a term for allegations made against someone, accusing them of subversion or treachery, without sufficient regard for evidence.
Many modern houses are built of bricks, mortar and concrete. Who invented bricks? When were they first used? How is concrete made? This article explores the history of these common building materials.
William the Silent was the first head of state to be assassinated by means of a handheld firearm, but was by no means the last.
Gas, guns and grenades weren't the only weapons in World War 1. Find out why sometimes primitive clubs, knives and daggers were more effective.
Until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her in 2015, she was the longest-reigning woman in history. Here are some fun and interesting facts about Queen Victoria.
Everybody knows the United States of America. But where do the names of all the states come from? The aim of this page is to chart the origins and meanings of the names of all 50 States of the Union.
Goldilocks (often with three bears) seems like a simple story for children, but it has pretty interesting history and many surprising variations.
The 1979 Iranian hostage crisis was an event that galvanized the nation as 52 Americans were held hostage for over a year in Iran.
The Puritans fled England to escape religious persecution, but were the Puritan colonies in the Americas bastions of religious tolerance and freedom of thought?
Alexander "Sawney" Bean was a clan leader born in 14th century Scotland. He was a known cannibal who, with the help of his wife, raised a large army of canniballistic children and grandchildren.
An oral storytelling performance can be both entertaining and educational. Prose, poems, and songs can all tell a story. Myths and traditional tales are often shared orally.
Every schoolchild knows the controversial story of Christopher Columbus and the New World. They know the names of his ships. But whatever happened to these vessels?
A short list of twelve historic cities in the United States arranged by founding date and some honorable mentions as well. This list is not exhaustive.
European history is rife with mysteries. Who were The Princes in the Tower and what happened to them?
The United States was the only country that had a fleet of lighter-than-air airships during World War 2. These airships proved themselves extremely effective at protecting ocean convoys.
There was nothing certain of the Union winning the Civil War, especially in the early years as the Confederacy entered the war with great advantages over the North.
A few fun and interesting facts about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, one of America's most glamorous First Ladies.
Why Abraham Lincoln, as President of the United States, denied any recognition to Jefferson Davis as the Confederate States president.
10 Weird Gods and Goddesses - Myths and legends about ten absurd deities from eight different world religions. Includes Loki and a number of Greek gods.
This article explores the economic elements that led to imperialism in the late 19th century; this analysis incorporates the viewpoint of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and JA Hobson.
Roman Catholics have a long tradition of eating fish on Fridays. The Friday Fish Fry is still common, especially during Lent, at many Catholic churches and other organizations and restaurants in areas with large Catholic populations. Learn how this tradition began despite the fact that there is no rule in the Catholic Church that its members eat fish.
In early modern Europe, gender played a huge role in who was a victim of the witch trials and witch hunts.
The myth of Demeter and Persephone was of central importance in Greek religion, being at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries which gave hope of rebirth to a better afterlife.
A profile of four Presidents of the United States who chose not to run for reelection (and one who chose to) and what happened to them afterward.
Malcolm X was a Muslim minister, a political activist, and speaker. His beliefs served as an inspiration for some, but sparked controversy in other circles. Here are 18 facts about the man.
The history and legacy of the Mongolian Emperor, Temujin (Genghis Khan). A list of 40 facts about his life, death, deeds, and how he became one of the famous, successful, enduring leaders of all time.
Zeus was the most powerful God of Mount Olympus, and his myth is an interesting one! Much can be learned (and avoided) by a study of his archetype!
The 8 Wives of Ivan The Terrible - Ivan IV Vasilyevich of Russia was married 8 times, but can he be blamed for the execution or divorce of the wives he replaced?
Industrialization began in Britain in the middle of the 18th Century. Here are my 12 Facts on the Industrial Revolution.
Hailed as the "father of his country," even during his lifetime, George Washington is without doubt one of the most important figures from American history. Here are 20 Washington facts.
In 1994, the MS Estonia, sailing from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden with 989 crew and passengers, sank in rough seas with a loss of 852 lives. Only 137 survived the icy waters of the Baltic Sea.
Caligula is an infamous emperor, known for his cruelty and narcissism. He's often described as insane, since many things he did are outright weird and bizarre.
Learn about 5 of the most significant battles of the American Civil War and how their outcomes changed the fate of a nation on the brink of ruin.
Winston Churchill, future Prime Minister of Great Britain, spent six months in the trenches during World War I following the disaster at Gallipoli and his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty.
Confederate civilians trapped in Vicksburg during General Ulysses Grant’s 1863 Vicksburg campaign dug caves to avoid the shelling, and were reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats.
The blue people of Kentucky are not a myth, but are members of a family carrying a rare gene which turns their skin blue in color.
To abolition activist Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln's commitment to ending slavery seemed weak and vacillating. But after the two men met, Douglass grew to appreciate Lincoln's true merit.
The French Revolution; Jacobins; Reign of Terror; Guillotine; Vendee Uprising; King Louis XVI; Robespierre; Bigot; Illuminati; Cult of Reason; Atheism; Communism; Feminism; Satanism; the Antichrist.
Black Outlaws and Cowboys of the old west you might be saying with wonderment and head scratching! “Why that’s an oxymoron! I’ve never heard of such a thing!”. Well Read On And Enlighten Yourself!
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest...yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Want to learn what it would be like to be a pirate? Learn what pirates ate, what they did for fun, and how they lived in the past.
The Effingham hospital fire on the night of April 4, 1949, was the second largest in United States history, with a total of 77 fatalities. The tragedy resulted in a nationwide overhaul of hospital fire safety regulations thereafter.
Lots of folks lost their heads in the French Revolution. Princess Élisabeth of France was one of them.
Painter Frida Kahlo and entertainer extraordinaire Josephine Baker were both powerful and inspiring in many ways. While both were married to men, they frequently had affairs with women.
The US produced many mental mindsets about communism and the USSR that forced it to undertake various actions throughout the Early Cold War, often ones which were less than advantageous to itself.
The primary similarities and differences between the geographies, economics, educations, and governments of ancient Spartan and Athens.
Apparently the Nazis had much more in common with super villains than you think. Here are 10 of the most secret Nazi weapons of the Third Reich.
The front line troops in the trenches of World War 1, like soldiers in every war, devised their own slang to describe their world. Some terms will be familiar, some will not.
This article suggests a list of the 10 greatest religious leaders in history. A concise biography is also included with the name of each person or entity.
When Britain declared war on Germany on August 4th, 1914, she was woefully unprepared to field the number of troops that would be required to face the German army.
The SS Californian became Titanic's scapegoat when she ignored the doomed liner's distress calls that fateful night. Only 5 miles from the sinking ship, she saw the rockets and did nothing.
The 19th century ideologies in France were very important and swayed the people's political views dramatically.
Intro: Athens is one of the best known cities of the ancient world. With a rich culture and a legendary legacy it is one of the best known cities of the ancient world. The Athenians endured famine, plague, wars, and the destruction of their city but...
The Bombing of Boise City was the only continental American town to be bombed during World War II. This article explains the full story.
Europe is rising from the Middle Ages, looking back on the darkness and into the light of new ideas, new inventions, and new...worlds? I explore the reasons Europeans wanted to explore and colonize.
Life in the trenches of World War 1 was squalid. Trench fever was one consequence of the dirty conditions but it wasn't an all together unwelcome complaint. Find out what caused trench fever in World War 1.
Shotguns were used in World War 1, but they were rare and usually single- or double-barrel break-action shotguns. The Americans brought a whole new meaning to military shotguns.
China has enjoyed many golden ages throughout history, but it has also repeatedly suffered under nightmarish tyrants. Here are the 10 most terrible Chinese Emperors to have ruled the Middle Kingdom.
Winston Churchill was one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Despite a privileged upbringing, he was a low achiever at school and had a rocky military and political career.
The Titanic sunk as a result of a collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on that fateful night in 1912. The next day, icebergs with noticeable damage were found nearby and photographed.
Rosemary Kennedy, the little known and sometimes forgotten Kennedy lived in a place known as St. Coletta of Wisconsin for most of her life. Brain damaged by a botched lobotomy at the very young age of 23, she needed lifetime care afterwards. My son worked at St. Coletta for over three years while in college, and I remember the day he came home to visit for the weekend and told us that the most famous resident of St. Coletta, Rosemary Kennedy, had passed away.
To drive the Germans out of the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands, the Canadian Army was prepared to level it. French-Canadian Private Leo Major had other plans.
While details of her life are a mystery, today she is known as one of the best preserved mummies in the world. Meet Rosalia Lombardo, the girl in the glass coffin.
A century after the start of the Great War in 1914, debate still goes on about whether Allied generals were incompetent buffoons or have been unfairly criticized.
Facts about Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery. All about an inspiring young Native American Indian woman.
Why did polio live among humans for thousands of years with few cases of paralysis, then change and cripple or kill thousands each year?
The Roman Empire created the modern world. Its political and social institutions survive today. What would the world be like if the Romans had never built their empire?
Hockey, football, rugby, baseball. Contemporary ball games have roots in the athletic competitions and games of the Middle Ages.
Would you be willing to sail on a ship run by a company with more than one major peace-time disaster to their name? What about a company with a record of mishaps spanning decades before the Big One? The White Star Line had such a record. That did...
HMS Perseus, a British submarine with 61 souls on board, sank in the Mediterranean in December 1941. One man, John Capes, escaped a watery grave against impossible odds.
Who are the Gypsies and where did they come from? The Roma or Romani people have long lived the Gypsy life. This article gives us a glimpse at the history of the Gypsies, who are not Egyptians at all.
A lot of everyday things are often taken for granted when in fact they have changed the world so much that people would miss them if they are missing. Here is a list of twenty American inventions in the last two hundred years that have made a significant impact to human existence.
John Charles Fremont was a great explorer but a poor Civil War general. His attempts to evade being replaced required Lincoln to take extraordinary measures to fire him.
There is much more to the history of our beloved friends. They have deities for ancestors, and so loved, that owners chose to live their afterlife with them.
Life was hard for soldiers and conscientious objectors alike during World War 1. Find out why men became "Conchies" and how they were treated.
Anastasia Romanov was believed to have escaped the brutal killing of her family. Many years later, there was a woman who claimed to have been the true Anastasia. She went by the name Anna Anderson.
In 1914, military aviation was in its infancy. By the end of World War One, just four years later, Germany had giant bombers larger than those they would use in World War Two.
The history of the Vietnam War often gets boiled down to who won and who lost. Although it's a very complex subject, this article tries to answer a basic question from the U.S. point of view.
For nearly a decade, the relentless waves battered the beached remains of a once mighty ocean liner. Salvo after salvo pummeled the wreck until there was nothing left.
The Frisco and the KCS railroads had a major impact on the growth of Southeastern Oklahoma. This tells a little about their early development.
Everyone's heard of the Wild West. But what was it that made it so wild? Lawlessness? Crazy characters? New inventions? The lure of gold? The cowboy life? Wars between natives and settlers? Read on...
Our society today owes a lot to Greek influences. Here is a list of 8 things that we have borrowed from the Greeks.
Doug Hansen from Kent, Washington, was possibly the first and only postal worker to successfully climb Mt. Everest. This article explores his amazing feat, and his tragic death.
The Tudors are one of England's most notorious and fascinating royal dynasties. The recent TV show took some enormous liberties with the facts of their lives. Find out some interesting, and real, facts about the Tudors.
Tales of outlaws have been immortalized by dime novels and legend. But not often does one stumble upon a story of a female bandit. Here is a list of 10 western women who lived outside the law.
The 1705 Virginia Slave Act turned indentured servants into slaves for life, removed legal protection against torture and murder of slaves, and required runaway slaves to be returned to their owners.
Terrible food, miserable living conditions, brutal discipline, and the strong possibility of an early violent death were the lot of Eighteenth Century sailors.
The Tudor Period of English history was, by and large, a time of relative prosperity and peace, but periodic rebellions still popped up to irritate, and sometimes endanger the monarchs.
Gutenberg's printing press was a great historical event. Before it, all books had to be laboriously hand copied. His invention sparked a cultural revolution that would change the world forever...
An infamous serial killer lived just down the street from little Ann Marie Burr who vanished in 1961. Was this little girl Ted Bundy's first victim?
The Silk Road The Silk Road was a trading route, beginning in China and created during the Han Dynasty, which acted as the main artery of trade throughout Eurasia. Running through its veins were not only Asian luxuries and European staples, but...
The artillery personnel in World War II were some of the most skilled soldiers in the US Army and their Battalions were built to fight.
What happened in the relationship between Garrison and Douglass? I argue Garrison is not often studied because this relationship is not well understood.
Lost in the woods of the Ardennes, a lone American artillery lieutenant sets out to fight his own war against the Germans.
The Myths and Legends of Robbers Cave: A tale of Jesse James explores both the history of Robbers Cave and the people associated with it. This article covers its early days as an outlaw hideout, the Robbers Cave experiment, and the cave's modern use.
A guide to the changing experience of women through history. From ancient times to the present day, women have adapted, survived and thrived.
U.S. destroyer Johnston will go down in the annals of history for taking on destroyers, cruisers and battleships during WW2.
The policies of Chairman Mao Zedong were like a mountain range—full of high points and dangerous low points—that brought out the best and worst of the people.
A look at Lincoln's family through significant photos taken by the Alexander Garder and Mathew Brady throughput his life from his pre-president days to surviving sons after his death.
Despite being one of Britain`s greatest ever generals, Monty was a very difficult person to deal with.
Women's clothing is fascinating throughout all cultures, including Rome. There is a distinct style and look to them that is both fascinating and beautiful.
Mary Todd Lincoln's outlandish behavior and bouts with depression led many to believe she was insane. Modern medical knowledge may contradict that theory. Was she insane or overwhelmed with grief?
From antiquity till modernity, China was ruled by over 800 emperors. Here are the greatest among all Chinese emperors. The ones credited with China’s growth and survival as a major civilisation.
A brief look at the origins of the London Stock Exchange and how it became the integral financial institution it is today.
Visiting China soon for holiday? Here are 10 of the most popular and beloved Chinese myths to know for the perfect Chinese vacation.
The 50s were an interesting time in my life. There were new fads on television, in music, dances, and at school. Pop culture was changing. In this hub I recall popular fads of the mid and late 50s.
Germany was willing to spend a lot of money on the "wonder weapons" in World War II research in search of something to crush the Allies. Here are 5 of the forgotten inventions.
Even supreme sovereigns are not spared the drastic permutations of life! Here are 5 Chinese emperors who ended their reigns in the worst way. They either died as slaves or captives.
Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois both fought in different ways for African American equal rights. But Du Bois accused Washington of counseling blacks to accept second class status.
Edward VIII gave up his throne in 1936 to marry a divorcée and then played along with Nazis in hopes of getting his crown back.
Where were you in 1965? This year had it's ups and downs. From Diet Pepsi, to the Beatles and the war in Vietnam, 1965 was history in the making...
The British Royal Navy has a language all of its own. Jackspeak (navy slang) reflects both its proud history and also the culture (good and bad) of the sailor. Everyday salty (sometimes saucy) expressions originating from a life at sea.
When a British Spitfire spiraled into the ground in France, German troops captured Douglas Bader, who, to their amazement, was a fighter pilot despite the fact that he had no legs.
For thousands of years, our ancestors hesitated on the fringes of the European continent, seemingly unable to penetrate this frozen frontier. But an important cultural and technological revolution changed all that. Humans entered Europe...and they discovered a land of plenty: vast swathes of windswept grassland, teeming with megafauna...
What was the purpose of William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery newspaper The Liberator? How did Garrison imagine this paper would help end slavery?
The United States flag is an integral part of our history. Did you know that every fold that is made when folding a flag has a meaning, and there are deeper meanings than fifty stars for fifty states.
Today, it is common to compare the American and French Revolutions. But how much do they really have in common? In this essay, I argue that they have little to do with each other.
The body of John Torrington stunned the archeologists who exhumed it in 1984 while searching for the cause of the legendary Franklin's failure. Perfectly preserved, it stared back at them, literally!
Adolf Hitler is considered to be perhaps the most villainous man of the twentieth century. What many often forget, however, is that Hitler was not only a coldblooded tyrant but that also a brilliant persuader of men. He personally oversaw the deaths of millions of people, including the near extermination of the Jewish race while maintaining the full support of the German people. The entire German population was certainly not as heartless and cruel as Hitler was, so it stands to reason that Hitl
An article on how the Compromise of 1850 caused the breakup of the union, and eventually the Civil War. It also includes the effects the compromise had on slavery and new territories.
The Battle of Tours was a turning point in world history that decided the fate of Western Europe. It was here that the tide of Muslim conquest was turned back, with enormous implications for the future of the entire world.
In 1897 Anita Hemmings became the first black graduate of Vassar. But because she was passing for white, when her race was discovered she almost wasn’t allowed to graduate.
The story of Frances Wills, Harriet Pickens, and Mildred McAfee–Three pioneering female officers who helped integrate the US Navy.
The Great Depression was a severe economic downturn that occurred in the 1930s. It was triggered by a stock market crash in the U.S.A., but went on to affect the wider world.
Three little-known stories about World War 1. The first is about wolves on the Eastern Front; the second is about the armaments business; the third is about horses in the war.
Winter, 1926. In his tiny London laboratory, John Logie Baird turned down the lights on his small, invited audience. Moving images appeared in the darkness. The audience gasped. Television was born...
Read stories from the Golden Age of Piracy, a time in history when famous pirates ruled the seas. Dead men tell no tales, except these.
Why did Ancient Rome execute its prisoners in such a public, painful, humiliating fashion? Learn more of Roman public executions and who they punished and why.
Speak like a real pirate on International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Instead of schlepping some bad Jack Sparrow speak, dazzle your friends by using some of the authentic quotes provided here.
William Wallace is most often associated by many with the movie, Braveheart. William Wallace, however, was very real and this page looks at the truth behind the myths.
In the U.S., women started shaving in the interwar period and during World War II, partly due to the need to remove hair from their legs.
Starting in 1992, Sarajevo, capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was under siege that lasted from 1992 to 1996, the longest in modern history-- longer even than the Siege of Leningrad.
This sadistic Transylvanian prince ruled Wallachia, impaled his enemies, and became the focus of the Dracula legend.
Olympic had quite a different fate than that of her younger sister. The only one of the class to have a long successful career, she never sank.
The sixpence and the shilling are pre-decimal coins from the United Kingdom. They have a long history and are associated with some interesting traditions.
Greek mythologies are not just stories; they carry moral values and allow glimpses of a culture long dead but not forgotten. It speaks of a culture that is still relevant even today.