Californians are used to earthquakes, but once in a while a seismic event gets everyone's attention. Long Beach and San Francisco each had historic quakes.
Did Jesse James and his gang bury treasure in Oklahoma? If so, what happened to it? Explore some of the theories as to what happened to their ill-gained loot here.
Andrew Jackson served as the seventh president of the United States after gaining fame as a general in the United States army and serving in both houses of Congress. During his two terms as president, he sought to act as the direct representative of the “common man.”
The Great Fire of Baltimore in February of 1904 began in the basement of a dry goods store. The fire spread out of control for two days, destroying 140 acres of downtown Baltimore.
The story of Zeus and Europa in Greek mythology is a well known love story, with the supreme deity abducting Europa before seducing her.
China's 1st emperor, Qin Shihuang, accomplished staggering feats, from uniting the warring states to building the Great Wall. However, he could be draconian. Here are his top achievements and faults.
Unsinkable Sam served in the German Kriegsmarine and the British Royal Navy during World War II and survived three vessels being sunk under him.
The third part in a three part hub. The story behind Freedomland U.S.A., a Disneyland sized theme park that once existed in the Bronx
In all of history, Sequoyah was the only Native American Indian to conceive and perfect an entire alphabet.
Serial killers are among the world's most depraved, evil individuals, but there is no doubt that we find them completely fascinating. This article profiles some of the most well-known serial killers of the 20th century. The overview of their crimes will give you chills.
Many breakthroughs in Chinese culture happened in the Tang Dynasty, including the beginnings of paper-making, polo, and civilian participation in government, innovative literature and poetry.
Kevin Barry was caught by British troops during the Irish War of Independence. The story of the Black and Tans in 1920 in Ireland. A sad part of Irish history unfolds.
France won the First World War, but the year of 1914, despite the "Miracle of the Marne", was a partial defeat. What were the causes behind this loss?
Adolf Hitler's name has become synonymous with evil due to the horrific treatment of the Jewish race. Yet, few now who this man was or the path that led him down such a dark path.
No doubt, the history of the transatlantic slavetrade still leaves a bitter taste in our mouths, but in what ways do we feel it’s effects today? What good (or bad) has slavery done to the black race?
Using brilliant tactics and extraordinary engineering feats, Alexander the Great created an empire that spanned five time zones and three continents.
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.
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.
The Roaring Twenties was a time of great celebration and independence, but in Oklahoma, it was also a time of bootleggers, outlaws, and gangsters.
During World War II, two doctors fooled the Germans into believing twelve Polish villages were infected by typhus. Germans feared typhus so much they would not enter the areas affected.
In the first of a series of articles on Medal of Honor winners from the artillery branch, we look at three heroes from World War II.
Review and summary of historian John Archibald Getty's book, "Origins of the Great Purges: The Soviet Communist Party Reconsidered, 1933-1938"
Under London are plague pits used to bury victims of the Black Death and the Great Plague of 1665? Where are the plague pits in London and why were they dug?
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.
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and sparked European integration, ethnic wars, Russian economic collapse, the end of Apartheid and blood shed in Congo.
Among the great last stands of determined military forces against overwhelming odds throughout the history of warfare, the Battle of Shiroyama in 1877 does not top many lists as the most well-known. However, it could easily rank high among a list of the most tragic.
The political structures that governed Japan and Europe during the Middle Ages had some interesting parallels, but there were also some important differences
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.
The soldiers of WWI were unprepared for the Horrors of life in the trenches, In the war to end all wars the soldiers in the trenches were living in what was called "Hell on earth"
Evangelist Billy Graham died at the age of 99 on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in his home in North Carolina.
In 1949, Simon the Cat was promoted to Able Seaman Simon and later received the highest decoration in the animal kingdom for bravery on board HMS Amethyst near the end of the Chinese Civil War.
At Chattanooga, Confederate soldiers were only yards away from Ulysses S. Grant, the most important Union general in the Civil War. But instead of shooting him, they lined up to salute him.
The lore of the honey bee from across the Celtic lands, as originally published in Celtic Guide (Volume 4, Issue 7, July 2015).
The land known as Mesopotamia lies between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, which flow through modern day Iraq.
A look at the top five public works projects built during the Great Depression, all part of the New Deal.
All about the Women's Auxiliary Air Force,some of the key women working during World War Two. The WAAF took over RAF ground based jobs from men and proved their worth in WW2.
France's 1940 army was a more powerful force than it is as remembered as, but also suffered from serious shortcomings.
Smithfield is an area of London known for its famous meat markets and quaint old streets and buildings. But did you know it was also where executions took place and heretics burned at the stake?
This article is about Henry the man - his loves, his wives, his children. Famous for having six wives, Henry is said to be the only English King to have had more wives than mistresses.
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.
When tanks first appeared in 1916, the Germans were terrified. Bullets just bounced off the tanks' armor. From privates to generals, the Germans desperately sought ways to stop them.
Britain's “New Army” was an army of volunteers organized by Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener. The first time New Army divisions fought was at the Battle of Loos. It didn't go well.
In early modern Europe, gender played a huge role in who was a victim of the witch trials and witch hunts.
The true story of how Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino was unjustly convicted of treason after WW2 because of her broadcasts of Japanese propaganda as the infamous Tokyo Rose.
Arizona's state seal features a miner for good reason. Hard rock gold mining, placer gold prospecting, and gold as a byproduct of copper mining have yielded huge treasure for the state.
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?
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.
The transformation of Japanese dress at the end of the Classical Period was gradual, but profound. Today, we will examine kimono in the time of the Shogun and samurai.
Abraham Lincoln held the White House during what may have been the American nation's darkest hour. A divided nation cut short Lincoln's second term by three years, yet still the country survived.
An African slave was bought in Cape Town and taken to Europe to be exhibited in London and Paris as a freak of nature.
Who are some of the most notable First Ladies of the United States? How did they contribute to the success of their husband’s careers in politics and to the life of their country?
This is a short history of Imperial measurements and shipping in the American Colonies. The page also explains barrels, hogsheads, kilderkins, and other wooden casks.
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.
In the Civil War Robert E. Lee fought fiercely to protect slavery, while Ulysses S. Grant fought just as hard to destroy it. But their personal attitudes toward it were the opposite of what you might expect.
For sailors and mountaineers, knowledge of dozens of different knots is critical to staying alive; the rest of us can get by with nothing more than a granny knot.
In Georgian England orphaned girls had few prospects other than prostitution or domestic service; for some the former might have been a better choice.
During the Battle of the Somme, the British and Germans fought for 64 days over a 75-acre patch of woods called High Wood. The British threw in cavalry, gigantic flamethrowers and their new tanks.
Goldilocks (often with three bears) seems like a simple story for children, but it has pretty interesting history and many surprising variations.
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 Great Charter of liberties, the Magna Carta, was approved by King John, one of England's most notorious tyrants. This document would later shape the development of western constitutional liberty.
An Ohio woman started killing her family members in the 1920s and afterwards is said to have claimed, “The only fun I ever had was after I kilt people.”
Vlad III Dracula was known after his death as Vlad the Impaler (Tepes) and had a reputation of being an evil and sadistic madman who resorted to unusual, brutal and bizarre methods of killing his victims. What was Vlad really like as a ruler and warlord?
For over 100 years, the tragic history of the Titanic has captivated people's interest and has continuously been a source of speculation and wonder. Many know the infamous liner struck an iceberg, and sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But do they know why?
What happened in the relationship between Garrison and Douglass? I argue Garrison is not often studied because this relationship is not well understood.
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!
In the U. S. Constitution, the phrase,"three fifths of all other Persons," designates the slave population in its entirety; it does not refer to the humanity of each black person.
Artemis was the Goddess of the Hunt and the Goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. She also falls into a category known as "virgin" goddesses, just meaning that she felt complete by herself.
The Victoria age which spanned from 1837 to 1901, saw great changes in technology, industrialization and population growth. Those with the means employed servants for every aspect of running a home. In fact the 1851 census of England, Scotland and...
Captain Henry Morgan was such a successful pirate, or rather privateer, that even a famous beverage has been named after him. Having defeated Spain, his name will always stand in infamy.
A sensational case in Victorian England involved a beautiful woman, a dead husband, and a clergyman in the eternal triangle. But was it murder?
This site will share with you some of the history of the French Huguenots and the French speaking Walloons and their relationship to family history and genealogy. Genealogists and family historians have a special interest in the French Huguenots...
One of England's most famous rulers, Henry VIII was a difficult and complex man, who's obsession with getting a male heir for his throne ultimately changed the course of history.
On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in her Lockheed Vega, and landed in Ireland nearly 15 hours later, making her the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
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.
A burro (Spanish for donkey) plodded steadily along with a miner's supplies. The prospector didn't ride the animal, but walked in front. Without burros, the Old West would have seen less progress.
Theseus is one of the most famous of the Greek heroes. This is the story of how he entered the deadly maze of the Labyrinth and encountered the Minotaur, half-man and half-beast.
Traditional wedding customs are an important part of weddings around the globe. Each culture has their own unique customs which make weddings meaningful and enjoyable. German weddings are rich with numerous customs which would make a wonderful...
In 1943, a transport was struck by a German guided missile. Of the estimated 1,180 dead, some 1,050 were U.S. soldiers. To this day the incident is still officially unacknowledged.
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...
Gaul was an ancient enemy of Rome, but it was not simply one tribe of barbarians, they were many. Among the Celtic tribes of ancient Gaul the Nervii were considered the bravest and most warlike.
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.
Why did polio live among humans for thousands of years with few cases of paralysis, then change and cripple or kill thousands each year?
Sam Patch, a mill worker from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, captivated the American public in the 1820s with his spectacular, death-defying leaps off waterfalls and other high, dangerous places. Patch became known as the "Jersey Jumper" and the "Yankee Leaper," as he conquered the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, Niagara Falls, and the Upper Falls of the Genesee River in Rochester, New York. He died making his second jump at the Genesee falls, but he became an American folk hero.
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 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.
During 1940, the Russians murdered an estimated 22,000 Polish officers, policemen and intellectuals. Vasili Blokhin, Stalin's chief executioner, personally shot 7,000 Poles during the Katyn Massacre.
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.
In the Civil War, Col. Hiram Berdan’s Sharpshooters were an elite corps in the Union army. Even the Confederates recognized their effectiveness.
Demeter is the archetype of someone who derives fulfillment from nurturing others. It is otherwise known as the Maternal instinct, although in our times many men are free to express nurturing sides.
Gaps in the historical record only proffer so many excuses for trite books aiming for the best-seller list.
Maria Bochkareva was the only woman allowed to join a combat unit in any army in 1914. She formed and commanded the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death in 1917 and led it into battle.
The Thames is perhaps the UK's most famous river and it's certainly the longest in England. However, there are a lot more interesting facts to learn about the River Thames.
The Bretons are descendants of the Britons, who emigrated from southwestern Great Britain to the farthest western shores of Brittany, France and brought the Brittonic Celtic languages with them.
The Bombing of Boise City was the only continental American town to be bombed during World War II. This article explains the full story.
European powers seized land and resources from indigenous Africans as though the people didn’t exist and sometimes those powers tried to make sure they didn’t actually exist.
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...
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.
Sometimes the most stunning colors appear at sunset. Likewise, the last days of a saint are beautiful to behold. St. Edith Stein glowed in her final days.
Madison Square Garden in New York City was glitzier, more celebrated and much better known, but the star-crossed Chicago Coliseum had a rich and colorful history that rivals any arena in America.
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.
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.
In 1995, as Barack Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate, he put out, a memoir, Dreams from My Father. Like many politicians, Obama's success has been fueled by a popular book title.
Obsessed with fairy tales and building castles King Ludwig II had almost bankrupted Bavaria when he was found dead, under circumstances which remain mysterious to this day.
Henry "Box" Brown escaped from slavery in Richmond, Virginia by hiding himself inside an express package and sending the box as freight to Philadelphia
Around the landscape of Denmark can be seen evidence of trolls. Their caves, mounds, and holes dot the landscape. Are they really fierce savage monsters though?
We all need to make decisions in life. The failure to fully understand both options available can cause confusion and uncertainty. Ben Franklin listed pros and cons to help make decisions when faced with conflicts.
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.
In Chicago's early days, it was a city known for its rowdy toughness. Many people are unaware that it was also a platform for creative innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. Below are seven inventions that changed our lives and our world.
One of the biggest factors in what a person would wear in ancient Egypt was their social class. The richer you were, the lighter the garment you would wear.
This article explores the impact of imperialism, revolution, and industrialization on 19th-century Europe. In what ways did they transform the continent? Were these changes uneven and sporadic?
Why Abraham Lincoln, as President of the United States, denied any recognition to Jefferson Davis as the Confederate States president.
The US Joint Chiefs of Staff contemplated committing attacks against American installations and cities that would be blamed on Fidel Castro to justify a full military invasion of Communist Cuba.
Entrepreneurs created a variety of “patent medicines” in a lucrative and dangerous business model prior to the advent of federal regulations to prevent patient harm.
US department stores created middle class style in the 20th century. Through marketing devises, events, and fashion shows large stores created demand for style in clothing as well as in home goods.
What kinds of lives did medieval women lead? What kinds of job did they do? What was love, marriage and family like for ordinary women? Find a few answers...
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.
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?
The most efficient branch of the U.S. Army in World War II was the artillery. 20 years of innovations between the wars helped make it the best in the world.
A mystic perceives spiritual realities that lay beyond the realm of ordinary human consciousness. Caryll Houselander is a modern mystic.
A French general, enraged that his decimated troops refused to continue bayonet charges against enemy barbed wire and machine guns, ordered artillery strikes on his own trenches.
When Germany invaded Poland, only 23 German divisions were allocated to defend against 110 British and French divisions in the west. For eight months, the Allies waited for the Germans to attack.
Sitting at the corner of Fort Hill and North Main Street in the small City of Canandaigua, New York is a stately old home with a candle glowing perpetually in its right front window. An electric candle has replaced the original wax candle that a mother lit for her son when he left to fight in World War I. The candle was to remain burning in the window until the soldier returned. It still glows today almost a century since that son departed for war.
Was the Mongol leader castrated by a princess, killed in battle, or did he fall from his horse and die from pneumonia?
Napoleon Bonaparte or ‘Little Corporal’ as he was called was a real war hero and a great leader of Europe. But his love life has no such greatness and his affairs with three different women were extraordinary and showed the paleness in the charisma of Napoleon.
From the 1920s through the 1940s, Pine Valley was one of Oklahoma's largest company-owned lumber camps. This tells the story of a forgotten town.
In the progress of human civilization, two major historical trends have been consequential: the transition to agriculture, and the industrial revolution. These two major events are primarily responsible for certain regions and societies becoming wealthier and more powerful than others. Human progress and advancement continues with ongoing improvements in technology and science.
Bartholomew "Black Bart' Roberts although not the most famous pirate of the seven seas was certainly the most prolific pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy. He became a pirate not by choice but by force; however, he embraced his new career with fervor when he became captain of his own ship. Although he was a religious man, having a clergy man on board his ship, he was often cruel in his dealings with captives. Read on to discover more facts about Black Bart the Pirate.
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.
The earliest inhabitants of Greece were probably Mousterian hunter-gatherers who roamed the region during the Middle Palaeolithic period. By 4000 BC Neolithic villages were established in most fertile lowland regions. The earliest cities date from...
A woman with the look of everybody’s favourite Grandma has left a trail of elderly men behind her who are poorer for making the lady’s acquaintance.
The word scientist was coined in 1840, but the 17th century is revered among scientists as an age of great discovery. This is the century of Galileo, Kepler, Bacon, Pascal, Descartes, and Newton.
The Second World War had been dragging on for five bloody years now London would become the target for a new revolutionary weapon which would set the stage for all future wars.
Wondering where witches lived? Let's go on a global journey from England to Ireland to America, and I'll show you homes of some of the most famous witches in history.
City life in Renaissance Florence, Italy provided the unique social and political environment necessary for so many talented artists to display their gifts so completely. Here's how.
Did General George Gordon Meade, Union commander at Gettysburg, miss a golden opportunity to end the Civil War in 1863 by failing to cut off Robert E. Lee’s retreat?
This article features a series of Gordon Parks photos, taken by the famous photographer in 1942, of life in a housing project in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC.
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.
Some things never change, including sex and politics. The Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson was no different than it is today with swirling rumors of scandal and adultery. However, this affair would ruin the careers of those in the president’s inner circle.
There is both a degree of unanimous agreement, as well as a broad range of differing interpretation regarding the status and position of women in Viking Age Scandinavia. A variety of secondary scholarship dating between the second half of the...
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.
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.
If this old warship could talk, the stories she could tell. As the last dreadnaught still afloat, USS Texas is fighting the biggest battle of her life, age. The old girl's future remains unknown.
What were the Navigation Acts in the 1600s? Why did Charles II impose them? What were the effects of the Navigation Acts?
What is Morse Code? Is it still used today? Find out who is credited for inventing morse code and the importance of it.
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.
A criminal slang known as "Patter Flash" was used among pickpockets and thieves in 19th century London. This criminal slang was used to confuse police and create a secret mode of communication between thieves, who often worked in large gangs known as battalions.
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?
Explore the lives of these six lesbian women in history and answer the question: were they, or weren't they?
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.
Originally written for an Air Power theory course given at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in December 2009. This gives the RC-135 story based upon fact rather than fiction.
After the end of World War Two, Japan was utterly devastated. History books might ignore them, but here's a tribute to the passionate people who helped rekindle the country's spirit.
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle fought by the U.S. in World War II. It was also was the baptism of fire for an entire American Infantry Division.
The Pax Romana is widely seen as a period of peace at the start of the Roman Empire, but a modern look would not be so kind.
I've previously written hubs discussing who were the best and worst presidents in American history. Now, I've decided to provide a handy list of presidents that includes the years that they served as president and a few interesting facts about each.
The reign of King James VI resulted in Scotland becoming one of the worst perpetrators of witch trials in Europe. Why was James so obsessed with witchcraft?
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?
Imitating the successful model of the 1960 Nashville sit-ins, Memphis college students took the initiative to end racial injustice in their own city by staging peaceful, nonviolent sit-ins.
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.
Grinding poverty forced families to send children as young as three off to work in the most appalling conditions imaginable.
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.
Edwin Booth, the great Shakespearean actor, achieved his fame through tragedy. Ironically, the tragic assassination of President Lincoln by his younger brother nearly undermined his success.
The story of Frances Wills, Harriet Pickens, and Mildred McAfee–Three pioneering female officers who helped integrate the US Navy.
Explore Ancient Greece through fun, hands-on activities your homeschoolers or classroom students will love. Learn about the Gods, myths, geography and geometry. Come step back to Greeks of Old...
The structure of church leadership in the first century church with an explanation of the roles and titles of leadership during this period
This is a discussion about the most well known of the Mughal rulers and compares each one's varying degrees of religious tolerance.
The “micromort” is a unit used to estimate the probability of a one-in-a-million chance of experiencing sudden death.
History is littered with really bad weapons that have actually been taken into battle. Despite the mortal danger that these design flaws pose, there is something humorous about their Wile E. Coyote nature. Here are 10 of my absolute favorites.
Sitting along Interstate 17 in Arizona' s Verde Valley between Phoenix and Flagstaff is an ancient Indian ruin known as Montezuma Castle. Here is the history from its origins as a dwelling to today's
Learn more about Circe, the symbol of mythical witches, the ancient enchantress depicted in Homer's Odyssey, the mistress of Natural Magic and Metamorphosis.
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.
Andrew Jackson's reputation is not the greatest, but was he really the Indian hater people claimed he was?
Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, nor was he the first to realize that the earth is round. He was the first, however, in other exploits, namely genocide and the transatlantic slave trade. Doesn't sound familiar? Read on.
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.
This article discusses the most lopsided United States presidential elections of the post-World War II era. It features elections won by Ike Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
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!
Three examples of the military creativity of the (not so) ancient hindu peoples and their love for exquisite weaponry.
In ancient Israel, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, few virtues were more respected and revered than wisdom. While its exact definition varied from culture to culture, it was nevertheless an ideal in which to aspire to, and those possessing it exhibited...
Who were the parents of Tutankhamun? Little is still known about the life and death of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, but recent DNA analysis on royal mummies of the Amarna period have produced some surprising results
Alexander the Great was an amazing commander, but he was not the great general history sometimes sees.
The Canongate is the lower section of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in Scotland. It was once a separate burgh from the city itself before becoming incorporated in 1865. Therefore it developed a history and culture of its own.
What do you know about the hanging coffins of China and the mysterious Bo People? How did they make the hanging coffins and how did they suspend them form the mountainside? And why the high burials?
The rights of individuals or groups of human beings have been denied through exploitation by others throughout time, but it is incredible the extent to which some abusers will go. The Dionne Quintuplets suffered from several...
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.
Life was hard for soldiers and conscientious objectors alike during World War 1. Find out why men became "Conchies" and how they were treated.
Pirates, buccaneers and privateers - they all engaged in the same sorts of activities, raiding vessels at sea and coastal towns, yet they were not exactly the same thing. This hub explains the differences between pirates, buccaneers and privateers.
Michael Faraday was an English scientist famous for his discoveries in electricity and electrochemistry.
Learn facts about the Battle of Gettysburg and read a summary of events that occurred during the fight. Find out why Gettysburg is considered the turning point of the Civil War.
Despite being one of Britain`s greatest ever generals, Monty was a very difficult person to deal with.
Andrew Jackson was the first Scots-Irish elected President of the United States, as well as the first westerner, the first not born into a prominent colonial family, the first born in a log cabin, the first born into poverty, the first nominated by...
The ship Admiral Gardner sank in a raging storm in 1809 sending to the bottom of the ocean thousands of copper coins that would take nearly two centuries to recover.
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?