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WORLD HISTORY

When was the First "Bloody Sunday?"

April 21, 2019

13th November 1887: Policemen fighting a contingent from Clerkenwell Green during a riot in Trafalgar Square. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) U-2’s song, “Sunday, Blo...

A Pirate Profile: The Most Vicious Ned Low

April 20, 2019

Nowadays, there is glamour associated with pirates from the 17th to 18th centuries – think Johnny Depp. But curiously there was nothing glamorous about them. The vast majo...

World Famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

April 19, 2019

A massive fire breaks out in the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Looking very similar to this wallpaper image related to a video game called Assassins Creed, a ...

Crucifixion As Capital Punishment

April 18, 2019

Located inside the Roman Colosseum, this cross was erected as a monument to the suffering of early Christians in Rome. Location: Rome, Italy. Source: (Jared I. Lenz Photography/Getty Im...

Is The Earth Really Hollow?

April 17, 2019

At some point during grade school, most likely elementary school, students are taught that the earth is made up of four layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core. ...

Rise of the Empire State Building

April 15, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 02: The Empire State Building lights it up blue for World Autism Awareness Day on April 02, 2019 in New York City. Source: (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images ...

Andes Flight Disaster Of 1972

April 13, 2019

The thought of becoming a victim in a disaster of any kind is not a pleasant thought. Most people rely on rescue workers such as firemen, ambulance attendants, and policemen as well as ...

Who Put the Lean In The Tower Of Pisa?

April 12, 2019

Perhaps the best-known architectural blunder in the world has given Italy one of its most popular tourist attractions and giving Instagram travelers a clichés photo opp. The Lea...

Who Was The First American To Circumnavigate The Globe?

April 11, 2019

At the end of the War of Independence, the United States was bustling with the energy of a new nation. Opportunities were seen abroad for American expansion an...

The Dive that Conquered the Deepest Depths

April 10, 2019

It is curious that while eleven men have been to the moon, only three have been to the deepest recesses of the ocean. The Challenger Deep at the southern end of the Mariana...

The Sultana Disaster: The Titanic Of The Mississippi

April 9, 2019

The Sultana was a large wooden steamboat which transported people and freight between St. Louis and New Orleans. Early on April 27th, 1865 – a few days after the ...

Ida Tarbell: The Mother Muckraker!

April 8, 2019

(Original Caption) 9/20/1921- Ida M. Tarbell at her desk. She was the investigative journalist and chronicler of American industry, famous for her classic The History of the Standard O...

The Untouchable Eliot Ness

April 7, 2019

If asked to list the most famous gangsters of all time, most people would unhesitatingly begin with the name “Al Capone.” However, if asked who was responsible for putting Capone behind bar...

Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexico’s Independence Day

April 6, 2019

Despite popular belief, May 5 is not Mexico’s Independence Day. That honor falls to September 16. While still an important date in Mexico’s history, May 5 is not con...

Writer’s Cramp: The Life of a Medieval Scribe

April 4, 2019

Scribe or copyist writing at his desk. Reproduced from a fifteenth century miniature. Source: (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) Before Gutenberg invented the printing...

Who Made the First Non-stop Transatlantic Flight? (It's...

April 3, 2019

Most people associate the first non-stop transatlantic flight with Charles Lindbergh’s epic journey in the “Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927. However, his fligh...

Drake’s Drum: Magical Protector Of England

March 31, 2019

An ancient snare drum said to be haunted by the spirit of Sir Francis Drake is believed to be a magical totem that protects England. People have claimed to hear the myster...

Centralia, Pennsylvania: A Town Condemned By The Fire B...

March 30, 2019

Underground coal fires are neither new or rare. In fact, they are burning on every continent except Antarctica, with more than one hundred in the U.S. alone...

Did Nero Start the Great Fire of Rome?

March 28, 2019

According to the legend, he fiddled while Rome burned, but some historians believe Nero actually started the fire that consumed Rome in 64 A.D. The great-grandson of Caesar Aug...

A Quest For The Origins Of The Holy Grail

March 27, 2019

In the 1989 movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the swashbuckling archaeologist embarks on a mission to acquire a cup with the power to grant immortality to anyone who...

The Gilded Age Of America

March 26, 2019

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES - 2010/08/27: The Breakers mansion located along the Cliff Walk. Source: (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images) What was the Gilded Age?’The G...

Olga Kiev: The Princess Who Buried People Alive

March 25, 2019

Olga's avenge to the Drevlians, before 1839. Artist: Bruni, Fyodor Antonovich (1800-1875) Source: (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Why Was She So ...

Pistols at Dawn: A History of Dueling

March 23, 2019

These days getting into a fight because someone got their feelings hurt is considered the height of immaturity. A fight to the death could likely result in criminal charges. Ho...

Ponce De Leon and The Fountain of Youth

March 17, 2019

People who graduated high school before the turn of the century will most likely remember learning about Ponce de Leon and how he discovered Florida during his quest for the fo...

The Legend Of Lady Godiva

March 15, 2019

A painting of Lady Godiva riding through town nude while a peeping Tom watches. Source: (Photo by Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) The LegendThe legend of Lady Godiva i...

The Legend or Cibola, the Lost City of Gold

March 14, 2019

Tales about undiscovered cities filled with vast riches were prevalent in medieval times and several of them remain today. The story of Cibola, the seven cities of gold, or...

H.H. Holmes: The Master Of Murder

March 11, 2019

Who Was He?H.H. Holmes was born in 1861 with the name of Herman Webster Mudgett. He was from New Hampshire. Even as a child he had a fascination with death. He was always interested ...

Sarah Winchester’s Mystery House

March 10, 2019

Currently, a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House, formerly known as Llanada Villa, was once the largest and most expensive private residence in ...

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starving Artist

March 9, 2019

One of the most well-known painters of all time, Vincent Van Gogh was the epitome of the starving artist. He suffered from illness, both mental and physical, and had difficulty m...

It’s Istanbul, Not Constantinople

March 7, 2019

When The Four Lads released their catchy Top Ten hit, “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” in 1953, they were making a humorous jab at the 1930 declaration by the Turkish city to offici...

Australia's Convict Colonies

March 6, 2019

The arrival of the first prisoners at the Botany Bay penal colony, Port Jackson. The day has become a holiday, designated the National Day of Australia. Source: (Time Life Pictures/Mansell/T...

Rosetta Stone: The Key To Deciphering Egyptian Hierogly...

March 5, 2019

Egypt fever hit British explorers and academics from roughly the late 18th century into well after Howard Carter unearthed the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 19...

Queen Mary I: Bloody Mary

March 4, 2019

Her ChildhoodQueen Mary I was born on February 18, 1516. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was their only child. King Henry VIII had his marriage to Cather...

Henry Ford and the Birth of the Model T

March 2, 2019

Famed industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is known for his creation of the Model T and his progressive strides in assembly-line factory production. ...

George Washington Carver: More Than Just The Peanut Man

March 1, 2019

George Washington Carver Conducts Experiments. (Original Caption) 1/25/1921. Source: (gettyimages.com) His Early LifeThe best guess of Carver’s birthday is Janua...

Living In The Dust Bowl

February 28, 2019

What Exactly Was The Dust Bowl?Over the span of eight years, dust storms had become commonplace whereas in the past they were very rare. The air was very dry and static charges would even shor...

Charles Ponzi - An International Con Man

February 26, 2019

There are many people in society who try to “get rich quick.” Taking shortcuts to fame and fortune rather than trying to build up their fortunes over time through hard work an...

The Oldest City in the U.S. – St. Augustine, Florida

February 25, 2019

St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos. Source: (Photo by Wojtek BUSS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) The oldest continuously occupied city in the United States? Nop...

Elizabeth Báthory, The Blood Countess

February 24, 2019

One of the most infamous female serial killers of all time, Elizabeth Báthory, nicknamed the Blood Countess, was believed by many to be a vampire. Determining where legend ends...

The Ides of March and Other Dates to Beware

February 23, 2019

Some days are just born bad. Not really, but there are some days of the year which have gained a reputation for being unlucky. The most notorious of these is Friday the 13t...

The Cruelty Of Irma Grese: The Beast Of Belsen

February 22, 2019

Irma Grese, a German guard at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was noted for her cruelty to prisoners. She underwent a trial for war crimes in 1945. Source: (Photo by © CO...

William Tell, The Man, The Myth, The Legend

February 21, 2019

William Tell with a crossbow, is forced to hit the apple placed on top of his son's head, according to the legend, on November 18, 1307. Colored woodcut, XVI century. Source: ...

Fearsome, Functional Gargoyles, Then and Now

February 18, 2019

High atop old European churches and cathedrals, you will find the terrifying looking gargoyles. Carved of stones and resembling devilish monsters, these strange statues ha...

The Rediscovery of Petra By a Masquerading Explorer

February 16, 2019

Chances are, your first introduction to the ancient city of Petra was when it was featured in the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The incredible city car...

The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

February 15, 2019

There’s no Jack Sparrow or Black Pearl in the history of piracy; however, not everything about the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise is fictional. The pirates existed, though ...

The Transcontinental Railroad: Chinese Immigrant Railro...

February 13, 2019

During the Civil War, Congress authorized the construction of a transcontinental railroad. The railroad would connect the east to the west, spanning 1,800 m...

Belle Gunness: The Killer Known As Lady Bluebeard

February 12, 2019

Who Is She?Belle Sorenson Gunness was born in Norway and immigrated to America in 1881. She settled in the Indiana and Illinois area. Several deaths and disappearanc...

What was the Tunguska Event?

February 10, 2019

Young forrest at the site of the tunguska meteorite explosion nearly a century after the event, siberia, russia, 2008. Source: (Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images) On June 30, 1908, around 7:14 ...

The Legend of the Mothman: Agent of Destruction or Harb...

February 9, 2019

In 2002, Richard Gere starred in The Mothman Prophecies, the film adaptation of the 1975 novel by the same name. The novel was written by John Keel and chron...

Who Were The Vikings?

February 6, 2019

The landing of the Norsemen on the coast of North America in the 11th century. From The History of Our Country, published 1899. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) Throughout...

The Banana King: The Powerful Businessman Who Helped Re...

February 5, 2019

Russian-born American business executive Sam 'The Banana Man', head of the United Fruit Company, stands in front of stacks of bananas, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1...

Nellie Bly: Exposing A Madhouse

February 4, 2019

(Original Caption) Here is a formal portrait of Nellie Bly (1867-1922), an American journalist and around the world traveler. Source: (© Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images ) Who Was She?...

How the Black Death Decimated Europe and Asia

February 3, 2019

From 1346 to 1353, Europe and Asia were plagued with a highly fatal disease which would later come to be known as the Black Death. Though dissenting opinions exist, that ...

Will The Real Calamity Jane Please Stand Up?

February 1, 2019

Portrait of Calamity Jane (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903) sitting on her horse. She was a frontierswoman who supposedly scouted for General Custer, and later traveled with Wil...

Albert Fish, the Werewolf of Wisteria

January 27, 2019

One of the oldest men to be executed in the electric chair, Albert Fish earned many nicknames including the Gray Man, the Boogeyman, and the Werewolf of Wysteria. He has also bee...

The Tragic Story Of The Donner Party

January 23, 2019

'On The Way To The Summit.' depicting the Donner Party, a group of California-bound American emigrants caught up in the ‘westering fever’ of the 1840s. Source: (Fotosearch/Getty Imag...

Daily Life During The Great Depression

January 22, 2019

During the Great Depression, nearly one-fourth of Americans were unemployed. People were earning 60% less than they had been— but if people had any type of employment, they were...

The Sacrifice of Lilly and Gad

January 19, 2019

The Appalachian Mountains, which cuts through several states including West Virginia and North Carolina, are a beautiful sight to behold. However, the downfall of living at the base of...

Do You Know These Facts About Abraham Lincoln?

January 17, 2019

Lincoln had a Dream About his AssassinationShortly before his assassination, Lincoln told people about a dream where he heard crying in the White House. In the dream, h...

Susan B. Anthony

January 15, 2019

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images) Susan B. Anthony – The BeginningSusan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts. Her fa...

The Great Chicago Fire Of 1871

January 14, 2019

Chicago was one of the fastest growing cities in the 19th century. The city was densely populated and most of the buildings were constructed with wood. The summer of 1871 had been extre...

The Invention of the Piano

January 12, 2019

ITALY - DECEMBER 09: Oval spinet, 1695, built by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). Italy, 17th century. Leipzig, Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Museum Of Musical Instruments) Source: (Photo by DeA...

The Wright Brothers

January 11, 2019

Wilber and Orville Wright are brothers and were born in Indiana and Ohio, respectively. As children, the boys were always very imaginative and interested in science. This was encouraged by their...

The Pony Express

January 10, 2019

By the 1850s, with so many people migrating to the west, the need for reliable communication grew. Stagecoaches had been the only means of delivering mail or packages but it was very slow. Sometime...

The Hoxne Hoard: Finding Buried Treasure Thanks To A Lo...

January 9, 2019

Found in Hoxne, Suffolk in 1992, the hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. From the British Museum's collection. Source: (Photo by CM Dixon/...

The Creek Indians in Georgia

January 7, 2019

Indian Village on River. Source: (Photo by: Picturenow/UIG via Getty Images) Creek Indians who had made their home in Georgia, as well as Alabama, were eventually forced out and had to cre...

The Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929

January 5, 2019

On February 14, 1929, seven men who worked for mob leader Bugs Moran were killed inside the warehouse in a hit presumably ordered by Al Capone, who was never convicted for the c...

What You Should Know About the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

January 3, 2019

In sub-Saharan Africa, there are the ruins of a once-great city in a desolate are of Zimbabwe near the country’s border with Mozambique. Known as Great Zimbabwe, th...

An Entire Temple Devoted to a Tooth

January 2, 2019

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, 1913. From The Gorgeous East by Frank Elias. [Adam and Charles Black, London, 1913]. Artist Thyra Creyke-Clark. Source: (Photo by The Print Coll...

Mariana Trench – Into The Deep

December 29, 2018

Bush Establishes Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. Source: (Photo Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images) The deepest ocean trench on Earth, the Mariana Trench (also known as the Mar...

The Stone of Scone: The Strange and Twisted Story of a ...

December 28, 2018

One large chunk of sandstone that traces its history from biblical Egypt to Scotland, then to England, has become an important symbol of royalty and patrioti...

Long Live the Dollar

December 27, 2018

One hundred dollar bill/image from Wikipedia The dollar has, through the course of history, almost completely lost its value. Soon there will be no dollar of any type left. Already, in most places...

Inventions of English Inventors of the 1800s

December 26, 2018

October 1829: Stephenson's Rocket (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Designed by English railway engineer Robert Stephenson, winner of the prize for the best locomotive...

The Life of Marie Antoinette

December 22, 2018

Print depicting Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) Queen consort of France and Navarre and wife of King Louis XVI, besieged by a mob in the Tuileries. Dated 18th Century. (Photo by Universal Histo...

Notorious Gangsters of the 1900s

December 19, 2018

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1931: Al Capone, in court during his trial, Chicago, 1931. Sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and one year in county jail. (Photo by Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago ...

Sliced Bread: The Best Thing Since…?

December 18, 2018

The history of bread is directly related to the history of wheat, which dates back as far as the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Growing wheat played a significa...

Cuddly Pandas…The Stuff of Legends

December 17, 2018

The 5-year-old male giant panda Shun Shun is seen at the Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden on November 27, 2018 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. (Photo by Meng Z...

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume

December 14, 2018

Wood engravings from the 19th century shows Henry Morton Stanley Stanley (l) meeting Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji. (Photo by Archive Gerstenberg/ullstein bild via Getty Images) No one exem...

Who Invented The Television?

December 11, 2018

We know that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio, but do you know who invented the television? Most people don’t, yet the television is o...

Unreal Medical Conditions

December 10, 2018

Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula in the 1931 adaptation / Wikimedia Commons The medical profession has more mysteries than Sherlock Holmes could even imagine. Entire T.V. series have been made ba...