The sinking of a British naval vessel gave rise to the notion that men should be the last into lifeboats even if it means sacrificing their lives. But this doesn't happen that often.
The Mercury 13 were women who completed the initial astronaut training in 1961, as part of a privately funded program. They never went into space because they were females.
European history is rife with mysteries. Who were The Princes in the Tower and what happened to them?
The Underground Railroad consisted of a diverse group of people (black and white abolitionists) with daring leaders, called conductors, who led American slaves to freedom.
Immigration from Italy and the rest of Europe beginning in the 1950s for 50 years hence is known as THE SECOND WAVE of European Immigration. America was not even 100 years old yet in 1850!
Romans are known for all the weird food that they ate during their lavish banquets. Some, however, are stranger than most, while others are more delicious.
During the early 20th century the “discovery” of an ancient stone appeared to prove that Scandinavians had colonised part of what is now the United States in the 14th century.
States rights or slavery? What Confederates themselves said were the grievances that caused the South to secede from the Union, making the Civil War inevitable.
During the opening weeks of Hitler's war on the Western Front, thousands of soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force and the French First Army, with their backs to the sea, were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in nine desperate days of fighting.
In 1944, the Soviets launched massive bombing raids against Finland's capital city, sometimes referred to as the “Great Raids Against Helsinki”. Then the small Finnish bomber force struck back.
Were the two atomic bombs used over Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary for an Allied victory? Or did other (more peaceful) alternatives exist for the United States?
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.
When the Civil War began, U. S. Grant was a store clerk who was unwanted by the army he had left under a cloud. But once given a chance, he would eventually rise to command the entire army.
Chinese Empresses seldom feature prominently in the history of the Middle Kingdom. When they do, however, they leave legacies that horrify or inspire for centuries.
In the 1890s, an immigrant to the United States thought it was a good idea to import every bird species mentioned in Shakespeare’s collected works.
Why is a zodiac symbol in an ancient Jewish synagogue? Did the Jews worship the zodiac, was this a break away Jewish cult? The mystery of the synagogue zodiac may be far easier to solve.
When thinking about gladiators, the first image that comes to mind is an emperor pointing their thumb up or down to determine the loser's fate, but was the thumb actually used in gladiatorial games?
Leni Riefenstahl, the most famous female film director of all time, continues many decades later to rouse controversy concerning her contribution to the Nazi era.
In 58 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rhine and met people who he would come to call the Germans and the Gauls. Caesar's Gallic Wars would forever shape our views of these people, so who were they?
The Venn diagram has had a long history in the classroom. And, to this day, it's one of the most effective tools for education. So how did it start and why is it so popular? Let's find out.
Nicholas Winton was a man who did more good than most people can imagine, because he saved hundreds of children from the Holocaust.
In the summer of 1940 Hitler would unleash his blitzkrieg on Western Europe it would roll over a vast Allied Army leaving the citizens of Western Europe under Nazi rule for the next five years.
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.”
During the Great War, it slowly dawned on the military that the conditions of combat were causing men to develop serious mental health problems.
An affair of the heart led to a scheme to get rid of the other woman, in this case a wife, in a crime that caused a sensation in Victorian England.
The government of Turkey gets really annoyed when people call its 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide.
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.
The 16th century English buccaneer Sir Francis Drake died without heirs and this has inspired many to search for a supposed fortune.
Disgusted by mankind, Zeus decides to flood the Earth. Only Deucalion and Pyrrha survive the Deluge. A striking Greek mythological parallel to Noah's Ark
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"
Sanctioned by the English queen, buccaneers roamed the oceans preying on Spanish treasure galleons; were they pirates or privateers?
The mystery of what happened to the colony of Roanoke has baffled historians, scientists, and anthropologists for centuries. Will the mystery ever be solved?
How did the US end up in the Vietnam War? The answers are many and long, ranging from underestimation of its enemy, to overestimation of itself, and a way of thinking that forced but one course.
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.
Locks were invented thousands of years ago to stop thieves from stealing people’s stuff. Learn about the various locks through the ages and new digital locks that could be the death of metal keys.
Medieval Europeans believed nutmeg had curative powers and Arabs loved it for its scent and flavour; the spice was worth more than its weight in gold and this led to bloodshed.
Several First Nations or Native North American groups have been living in the Canadian Yukon for many centuries. See what they are doing now!
Abolitionist, slave, activist, women's rights advocate. A life journey to free other slaves, a fight for African-American's rights to land ownership, suffrage, and many other issues of her time.
Nobody knows how Rome was founded, but that does not mean that later Romans were unable to come up with a good story. The myth of Romulus and Remus was the result.
This lens is about Gill Sans, the most well known of the typefaces designed by Eric Gill. With its classical proportions, clean lines and high legibility, Gill Sans was an immediate success when it was created in 1928, and remains a firm favourite...
Count Alan 'Rufus' came to these shores with Duke William fitzRobert. For his part in the fighting on Caldbec Hill against Harold he was awarded with land overlooking the River Swale in Yorkshire...
Although mid-winter celebrations and festivals had taken place for centuries prior to the Victorian age, Christmas and its symbols and traditions did not really become common place until the Victorian era. Many factors influenced the way British people began to practice activities such as gift giving, tree decorating and the sending of cards.
Imhotep was one of the greats of Ancient Egypt, but his tomb has never been found. Will Imhotep's lost tomb, mummy and rich treasure ever be found at Saqqara?
The USS Phoenix survived Pearl Harbor and the War in the Pacific and was later sold to Argentina. She was renamed ARA General Belgrano and sunk by the British during the Falklands War on May 2, 1982.
After Franco's death, Spain "forgot" about it past. It wasn't until the 21st century that the campaign to recover memory was started.
The first Zeppelin ever lost to the enemy in air-to-air combat was the German LZ 37. British Sub-Lieutenant Rex Warneford brought it down, but he didn't shoot it down.
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.
Two eccentric New Yorkers from an established and respected family withdrew into their home and began collecting what many regard as garbage.
Eilley's dream home all too soon filled with sadness and her happy life had changed to one of sorrow and loneliness.
On July 19, 1553, Mary I officially became Queen of England. This was after the Nine Day Queen, Lady Jane Grey, had been deposed and was with the help of Mary's half-sister, Elizabeth.
Discover the lives of three ancient queens who changed the course of history: Hatshepsut of Ancient Egypt, Olympias of Macedonia, and Amanirenas of Kush.
The two greatest events in term of magnitude in Germany and in Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved around the ideas and actions of two men: Otto von Bismarck and Adolf Hitler. These men pulled Germany together and gave it a...
Was Joanna Southcott a messenger of God, who would give birth to a New Messiah, or a fraud selling worthless tickets to Heaven?
Author of "The Souls of Black Folk," and a founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar, writer and activist who had a profound and continuing impact on American society.
The German high command believed Juan Pujol Garcia gave them priceless intelligence; the problem was he was working for the Allies.
The women found in this article are legendary for being the greatest bitches in history. They lived hard and loved hard. They remained committed in the face of great struggles and may serve as great inspiration for women today.
The Christmas Truce of 1914 happened at the dawn of WWI. The German and British forces put down their guns along the Western Front and celebrated Christmas together.
An ancient Greek warship reconstructed in 1987 let scholars study a full-sized trireme, the "wooden wall" that was the backbone of the Athenian empire.
Every military commander to follow him in history has revered Alexander the Great. He is the standard by which every conqueror has not only been judged by historians but also by themselves.
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?
Thomas Edison ranks as one of the greatest inventors that has walked the face of the earth. He is responsible for inventing many of the creature comforts we have come to enjoy in our daily lives.
Sigmund Freud was one of the most controversial yet groundbreaking individuals in psychology. This is a paper that I wrote for my undergrad (I have a Bachelor's in Psychology). Please enjoy.
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.
If you had never heard the term, you may wonder what the fork spooning is. Spooning is a type of hugging. Both people involved in the hug face in the same direction so that they look like spoons in a drawer.
George Washington relinquished near-absolute political power when equally ambitious but less principled men would have reached for more. He was the epitome of gravity, propriety, patriotism, and patient virtue. President Washington was morally...
Since the film "Amazing Grace", the name “William Wilberforce” has become widely-known. During his life Wilberforce put feet to his faith, and as a result, spearheaded the move to abolish the slave trade, and eventually the abolition of slavery. This article will further acquaint you with Wilberforce's efforts as a leader that brought him success.
Franklin Pierce's presidency was wrought with tragedy and conflict, despite having entered his presidency during a relatively peaceful time.
In an analysis of the perspectives of Kremlin authorities and other Soviet elites through primary sources, Zubok presents a Soviet perspective on the Cold War.
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?
It is the disaster of which everyone has heard. There have been greater losses of life, and catastrophes which have changed the world in more fundamental ways, yet none stay in the collective memory in the way that Titanic does. Why should this be so?
Also known as Poteau's Mansion, The Woodson Home, or the House on the Hill, this is the real story of the House on Terry Hill.
The catalyst for the first Persian war stemmed from a revolt by Greek Ionians. It was instigated by Aristagoras, economic burdens, and a feeling of being treated unfairly by the Empire. Athens came to the Ionians aid. During the rebellion, one of...
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.
The 19th century ideologies were very important and swayed France dramatically. Voltaire has been historically known as “a defender of religious freedom, free trade, civil liberties, [and] social reform.” (1) His time spent in England opened his...
Young British men from upper-class families flocked to the colours in the First World War; for most, life in uniform was miserable and short.
Some of the best historical information can be found in personal journals from the time. A look into the lives of the Muslims during the 12th century is through the writings of Usamah Ibn Muniqidh.
Lady Sarashina living in the 11th century Heian Imperial Court of Japan, left behind a vivid memoir known as 'As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams'.
Sometimes, death doesn't put an end to someone's grudge against another. And that was clearly illustrated when a pope put his predecessor on trial in which the body was dug up for the Cadaver Synod.
Austro-Hungarian armies lost their battles in 1914 in a bloody and lopsided fashion, and then ultimately lost the Great War. The reasons behind this are explored below.
Self-proclaimed Emperor Norton I, "Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico" was a character who was probably tolerated only because of the prosperity following the gold rush.
In World War 1, the Russians created a tank that weighed 60 tons and resembled a giant backwards tricycle. An advancing line of them would have been awesome had its prototype lived up to the hype.
In WW2, African American officers of the 477th Bomber Group courageously put their careers and their lives on the line to fight segregation
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...
One of the most famous "nonconformist" of all time, Galileo was a rebel. Hence, he suffered the slings and arrows of daring to think differently, holding different beliefs from those of the masses.
The history of the first Thanksgiving and the origins of Thanksgiving and its many traditions as we know it today.
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...
At the Reagan Presidential Library and the Reagan Ranch Center, one can see a remarkably personal symbol of Ronald Reagan the man, a clue to his character that reveals far more than armored limousines
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.
For the bow and spear-wielding ancient Egyptian or Mesopotamian warrior, swords and blades were a rare commodity. Expensive to produce and requiring special skill to use, swords only became fashionable after 1000 BCE when Middle Eastern soldiers first came into conflict with enemy swordsmen from other regions.
Science did not have the power that superstition had over Medieval society. The unknown allowed superstition to fill in the gaps and give explanations for events: “a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic...
American society has a dark side called violence, and it's nothing new. Here are ten places famous for the nastier things we've done to each other, with photos of what each site looks like today.
He is the most famous pirate of all time, yet many of the stories told about Blackbeard are more myth than fact. This hub examines several myths about Blackbeard, and reveals the truth behind these stories.
The air raids by the American and British Air Forces in the Second World War were the most destructive in human history leaving vast wastelands wherever their massive aerial armadas would strike.
To understand Luther and the Protestant Reformation, one has to understand humanism. This Renaissance was a movement that would have man taking control of their own lives and souls: “man was now the creator of his own destiny.” This was the...
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...
Topeka's Rochester Cemetery has been a favorite of ghost hunters and Halloween thrill seekers since at least 1967. They come here hoping to see the infamous Albino Woman who roams the cemetery as well as the surrounding neighborhood, supposedly searching for her lost child. But Rochester Cemetery is much more than the home of a famous ghost.
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.
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.
The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory changed the way the public looked at workers' rights. Workers locked in a garment mill could not escape the inferno that erupted when a scrap bin ignited.
Poor intelligence led to a massive attack of Allied forces in the Aleutian Islands; an attack that proved to be pointless and costly.
Tecumseh's death in 1813 is one of the most significant moments in American history depicted in a frieze in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol. His death marked the end of his pan-Indian confederacy.
At the age of 22, Alistair Urquhart of Aberdeen, Scotland joined the Gordon Highlanders; he had the misfortune to be in Singapore when it fell to the Japanese.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and US President Jimmy Carter signed the Camp David Accords resolving a conflict that had gone on for decades.
A summary of the Arian controversy prior to the First Council of Nicaea, the doctrines espoused by the Arians, and the origins of their teaching.
Across nearly 200 years (1095-1291), eight wars tried to return Christianity to the land around Jerusalem. These were the Crusades.
Mary Elizabeth Bowser operated as a Union spy in the household of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Never caught, she was one of the most productive Union operatives of the Civil War.
After King Charles I failed to arrest five of his opponents in the House of Commons, there was no alternative to Civil War.
The lure of the spice trade was based on the wealth that came from ginger, cloves, pepper, cinnamon, etc. It cost many people their lives.
Madam Curie is the most famous female scientist in history. This is the story of her life and her world-changing discoveries in the fields of physics, chemistry and radiology.
Between 1414 and 1532 about a dozen people were burned at the stake because they wanted the right to read the Bible in English.
Frontier justice could be very callous by today’s standards, and for a dozen years, Chief Justice Matthew Begbie was its only face in the colony of British Columbia.
The dictionary definition of bleach is "the whiteness that results from removing colour from some thing." The process of bleaching is now extensively applied in science. It is a process that provides a handy solution to countless industrial...
The battle of the Somme is today synonymous with military folly and pointless bloodshed, but in truth there were good reasons to attempt the massive assault. The military balance at the time favoured the defender, but there seemed to be no other way to break the deadlock.
The Etruscans are a largely forgotten people that lived in Italy during the same time as the Greeks and Romans and witness both cultures. The demise of their people and culture can be seen in their beautiful sarcophagi that tell a very poignant story.
In 1912 there was a race to be the first man on the South Pole. Norwegian Roald Amundsen versus British Robert Scott. Amundsen won with 34 days, but why did he do so much better?
The land known as Mesopotamia lies between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, which flow through modern day Iraq.
Fingerprints are an excellent means of identifying people because each individual's fingerprints are unique and remain unchanged during their lifetime.
Queen Ahmose Nefertari was a powerful queen in Ancient Egypt and could be viewed as the mother of the 18th dynasty. Find out more about Ahmose Nefertari and her life in Ancient Egypt.
Although World War I was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Balkans, the fighting in Southeast Europe is not well-known.
In April 1155 BC, pharaoh Ramesses III had his throat cut to the bone. A conspiracy was revealed which involved the women from his harem, sorcerers and high court officials.
During the Battle of the Bulge, one segregated unit nearly lost all its men and it took years to be recognized. By helping to defend both St. Vith and Bastogne, it deserves its place in history.
The farmers involved in Shays’ Rebellion and other similar gatherings throughout Massachusetts found their inspiration in the leaders of the American Revolution.
Liubo was once one of the most popular games in China, played by men and women alike. Recent discoveries are telling us more about this ancient game.
It was in 1541 when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto ventured through Southeastern Oklahoma. With a little less than 300 men, de Soto set out on a quest to find El Dorado, or "the gilded one." This is the story of Spiro Mounds in Southeastern Oklahoma.
The intent of this article is to provide some history about a Cold War-era defense radar project in which I participated—the AN-FPS 24 Search Radar System.
When people think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., immediately his "I Have a Dream" speech comes to mind. But there is so much more to his speeches that many people know nothing about.
Many famous people who died in 2016 had their passing extensively covered and eulogised by the popular media. But these are the remarkable stories of just six who have been regrettably overlooked.
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 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.
After over five years of war and more than 55 million deaths, the most feared empire in modern history met its end in Berlin. At its center was the paranoid, drug-transformed emperor, Adolf Hitler.
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.
Once the realm of first-world navies, there is now an abundance of anti-ship missiles being produced from a variety of nations. With so many weapons available, here is how the US Navy defends itself.
Russia's labor system changed drastically in the years between 1750 and 1914, largely due to the emancipation of Russian serfs.
George Washington played a role in two whiskey rebellions. The first occurred, when Yankee distillers began making whiskey from grain, while the second was the actual revolt of whiskey makers in PA.
Hazrath Abdullah Bin Abbas was one of Prophet Muhammad's cousins and one of the early Qur'an scholars. A young man of maturity. Beloved companion of Prophet (pbuh).
The Soviet Union formed three regiments of women pilots. One of them, the 588th Regiment of night bombers, struck such fear into the enemy, the Germans called them Nachthexen, “Night Witches”.
The consequences of the Industrial Revolution seemed answered by Social Darwinism. But, through Carnegie and Alger, we see that Populism and Progressivism were responses to strengthen the Republic.
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.
Learn about the years between World War I and World War II—they began with such promise but ended in such tragedy.
African Americans have been conspicuously absent from histories of the west. They are not much represented in fiction either. Many people think they ere not there, but they were.
He was a man of the west. His history recounts bravery, daring, keen observation, business acumen, and many other characteristics. But when it comes to his adventures in Arizona, gold led to failure.
James Madison was the fourth president of the United States and one of main architects of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Birmingham was the most racist city in the US in the 60s, according to Martin Luther King, Jr. He peacefully demonstrated here in 1963, was jailed and wrote about his plans for more peaceful protests.
Everyone loves a good mystery, but these five will likely never be resolved. They have become infamous due to their unsolvable natures.
A review of Charles B. Dew’s "Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War"
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...
Bonfire Night was a big event in the lives of a working class children back in the 1950s. A first-hand account of how we celebrated it, who Guy Fawkes was, and why his effigy is still burned
As practitioners of what’s called the “dismal science,” economists are not noted for having sparkling personalities. There are always exceptions.
Cavanal Hill is known as the “World’s Highest Hill," reaching 1,999 feet above the surrounding terrain. Did you know that going up to the top can be an adventure in itself? Here's some trivia . . .
This is the account of three Scottish women who stood accused as witches: Isobel Gowdie, Helen Duncan, and Carol Compton, three very Scottish witches.
Brownies and House Elves feature prominently in the folklore of Northern Europe. But, they weren't always cuddly. In fact, poltergeist activity was often attributed to an angry brownie!
Erich Hartmann would score more victories in the Second World War than any fighter pilot in the history of aerial warfare downing 352 Soviet planes as he prowled the skies over the Eastern Front.
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.
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...
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President, was one of the most recognized Presidents of the United States. JFK, the youngest President ever to become elected, was assassinated during his term in office.
Harriet Lane was one of only a few First Ladies who were not married to a president. When her uncle, James Buchanan, moved into the White House, Harriet became the First Lady of the United States.
It is estimated H.H. Holmes killed hundreds of people in a building he designed and built to efficiently commit murder.
An African slave was bought in Cape Town and taken to Europe to be exhibited in London and Paris as a freak of nature.
What was the cause of the Salem Witch Trials? This article assesses the differing Puritan and Enlightenment views on the Salem Witch Trials during 1692
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.
To stop thousands of Belgians, spies and smugglers from slipping over to the neutral Netherlands, the Germans constructed an electrified border. Up to 3,000 people were electrocuted.
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.
Some of Adolf Hitler's quotations regarding propaganda, leadership and religion and how they reveal the man and his methods. Some may find these chilling in light of the current state of the world.
A Victorian villain of the first order, a murderer of prostitutes, may have claimed with his dying breath that he was Jack the Ripper.
Here are five obscure facts pertaining to World War 1, including aircraft losses, chemical warfare, tanks, Sherlock Holmes (sort of), and the first and last British soldiers killed in action.
The Roaring Twenties was a time of great celebration and independence, but in Oklahoma, it was also a time of bootleggers, outlaws, and gangsters.
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." Those who assume that the first lady of etiquette was a proper person from a privileged background would...
German, Belgian, French, British, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian armies used war-dogs in the Great War as sentry dogs, scout dogs, casualty dogs, explosives dogs, ratters, and mascots etc. Heroes all!
Imagine for a second, with a single stroke of the pen, the Pope dividing the world between two rival empires. That’s what happened in 1494 when Pope Alexander VI authored the Treaty of Tordesillas between John II of Portugal and Ferdinand of...
Ben Franklin listed pros and cons to help make important decisions in his life of conflicts. I'll explain how he did it.
Visiting China soon for holiday? Here are 10 of the most popular and beloved Chinese myths to know for the perfect Chinese vacation.
The story of Frances Wills, Harriet Pickens, and Mildred McAfee–Three pioneering female officers who helped integrate the US Navy.
On August 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus along with the 88 members of his crew and their families attended Mass in the Church of St. George the Martyr in the Andalusian town of Palos de la Frontera on the southern coast of Spain. Here they prayed...
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.
How has Switzerland remained neutral for almost 200 years? It’s not because they declared their neutrality; it’s because they have ensured that invaders would pay dearly for attacking it.
When Roman armies attempted to pacify Germany they were stopped at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. Under Publius Quinctilius Varus the Romans launched their last campaign to conquer the Germans.
Benjamin Franklin was a man with many skills and talents. To name a few, he was an American Founding Father, a diplomat, scientist, inventor, author, and publisher.
The democracy of Athens did not occur overnight but developed through many types of government. The democracy that we know today traveled from monarchy through oligarchy, through tyrants and eventually made its way to the classical form of Athenian...
Charles A. Lindbergh was an American aviator, inventor, and military officer known for making the first non-stop transatlantic flight from North America to mainland Europe.
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.
Who was really the first explorer to discover North America? Ancient Romans, Egyptians as well as Irish Saints have all vied for the title. One thing is certain, it wasn't Christopher Columbus.
What happened to Wallis Simpson after Edward died? Was she senile? Was she bedridden? Or was she imprisoned in her own home by her elderly French lawyer, Maitre Blum? And when did she really die?
Well before any of the other belligerents in WW1, the so-called backward Russians, produced the four-engine Ilya Muromets, the world's first heavy bomber.
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.
Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th United States President is the only President to serve two individual terms.
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.
A look at James L. Gelvin's 'The Modern Middle East: A History' (New York: Oxford UP, 2005. Print) and the rise of modernization and its effects on the region throughout history.