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WORLD HISTORY

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...

Innovations of the Industrial Revolution

December 8, 2018

The Industrial Revolution refers to the time period between 1760 and 1840 when Europe shifted from a rural society to one characterized by factories and machines. It began in ...

Dr. Carlos Finlay, the Man Who Saved the Panama Canal

December 7, 2018

A statue of Carlos Finlay. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) As a Cuban doctor in the 1850s, Carlos Juan Finlay saw his fair share of patients suff...

Lascaux Cave: The Prehistoric Sistine Chapel

December 4, 2018

The cave of Lascaux in the Dordogne, discovered in 1940 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, are masterpieces of parietal art. To protect the paintings, the ...

Up, Up, and Away: The First Hot Air Balloon Launch

December 3, 2018

Ascension in the meadow 1 December 1783), Anonymous, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France. (Photo by: Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty Images) Today, hot air b...

History of Firsts During the 1700-1800s

December 2, 2018

First Ford Motor Company factory. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Everything came from somewhere – some person or persons had to co...

The Tragic Life of Benedict Arnold

November 30, 2018

Benedict Arnold’s name has become synonymous with traitor, courtesy of his famous betrayal of the Continental Army. That poor decision has made him the object of hatred from America...

Hawaii’s First and Last Queen

November 29, 2018

A portrait of Liliuokalani, the Queen of Hawaii in a chair and bathed in sunshine, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1917. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) Queen Liliuokalani has the distincti...

Lebensborn: The Nazi Baby Factory

November 28, 2018

German Women Carrying Children On An Alleged Aryan Purity In A Lebensborn, Selection Center Births By Methods Eugenicists During The Second World War. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Ke...

The Story Behind “Snow Treasure”: Did Norwegian Childre...

November 27, 2018

(Photo credit should read JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images) In 1942, children’s author Marie McSwigan published a book called Snow Treasure. The stor...

Notable Women Of Ancient Greece

November 26, 2018

HYPATIA (c.3.70-415) mathematician and philosopher (NE0PLAT0NIST), murdered by the followers of Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria.Mid-19th century artist's reconstruction. (Photo by: Univers...

The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

November 25, 2018

The Bermuda Triangle is an area where peculiar events have taken place. But are these events just coincidental incidents or specifically related to the region otherwise known as th...

The Most Powerful Aztec God had the Hummingbird as his ...

November 23, 2018

When you think of fierce, strong, noble animals…ones that would be a perfect symbol of the supreme power wielded by an all-mighty Aztec god, you would probabl...

Fields of Giant Stone Jars: Laos’ Plain of Jars

November 22, 2018

Plain of Jars. (Photo by Chau Doan/LightRocket via Getty Images) In the Xiangkhoang Plateau in Laos, there are fields littered with thousands of giant stone jars, call ...

The Duchess of Windsor

November 18, 2018

Vogue 1937 (Photo by Cecil Beaton/Condé Nast via Getty Images) Duchess of Windsor (aka Wallis Simpson) sitting on the grassy edge of a pond on the grounds of Châteaux de Candé, wears Schiaparelli...

Children’s Crusade: A Medieval Tragedy

November 15, 2018

During the medieval era, Christians from Europe, sanctioned by the Church, were encouraged to embark on religious invasions, disguised as pilgrimages, to the Holy Lands in the ...

Napoleon Bonaparte – A Legend

November 14, 2018

Found in the collection of the Musée de l'Histoire de France. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Battle of Aboukir, 25 July 1799, 1806. Artist: Gros, Antoine Jean, B...

Photos Taken Right Before Tragic Moments In History

March 25, 2017

We often get to see the aftermath of many tragedies, because it's far easier to see it after it happened than seconds before, or even while it's happening. Well we've co...

Gut Wrenching Facts About The Most Evil Humans In Histo...

March 22, 2017

Throughout the course of human history, the world has come to know some pretty evil people. The people on this list are the worst of the worst- they are and were ...

WW2 Photos They Never Show In History Books

March 16, 2017

Resilient London Bridge World War Two was one of the most trying times in the history of mankind, and almost 72 years later, it is still being talked and written about. However,...

Rare Photos Reveal A Different Side To History Than You...

March 15, 2017

The world has a pretty colorful history. It has seen both incredible beauty as well as indescribable horrors. These things come manifest as wars, peace treaties, ...

Rare Photos Reveal The Most Powerful (And Entertaining)...

March 6, 2017

Thanks to the many brilliant minds in history, we are able to have many modern comforts today. Can you imagine what life would be like without wheels, refrigerati...

Physical Education 80 years ago

February 27, 2017

Before 1937, Physical Education (PE) classes were not as established as they are now. In fact, few schools had gymnasiums, sports fields, or playgrounds. The evolution of PE is quite an...

WWII Shower Methods 

February 27, 2017

The grit and crime of war is not just evident on the bodies that lay sprawled out in the open, but in the dirt and mess that was also left on the minds and hands of soldiers. Shower time during W...

How WWI Was Fought From The Sea

February 27, 2017

Although World War I was fought on land and in the air, the Naval presence at sea was largely credited for Britain’s victory. When the war started in 1914, the British Navy was the most...

Virginia Hall: Professional US Spy

February 27, 2017

Virginia Hall Goillot MBE was born on April 6, 1906 in Baltimore, Maryland and like most young persons her age at the time, wanted to make some contribution to the ongoing internatio...

Emilie Marie Bouchau And Her Tiny 16 Inch Waist

February 27, 2017

Emilie Marie Bouchaud better known as her stage name, Polaire (meaning Pole Star), born on May 14th 1874 in Algiers, Algeria, was a French entertainer. Born into a famil...

The Stone Baby: Being Pregnant For 60 years

February 27, 2017

In humans, the average period for gestation is between eight and ten months. The exceptions to this occur in cases where the fetuses are delivered prematurely and encounter ...

The Most Terrifying Dentistry Tools In History

February 27, 2017

The word odontology comes from the Greek word odous meaning tooth; hence odontology is in essence the study of the structure and diseases of the teeth. The oldest record ...

Working Women Of WWI

February 26, 2017

Women’s role in society has attempted to be defined in so many different ways for so many years. Every time a new definition of a woman’s role comes about, it is challenged by women who go above a...

Chernobyl: Then And Now

February 26, 2017

The Chernobyl Disaster or more commonly known simply as Chernobyl, is one of the most infamous nuclear disasters ever to occur. Located in Pripyat, part of the now defunct Ukrainian Soviet Soc...

The Story Of Lina Medina- The World's Youngest Mother

February 26, 2017

Motherhood is a rite of passage that most women choose to take. Most women plan out the birth of their child and prepare for it mentally and physically. Some women...

Why Were The Victorians So Serious?

February 26, 2017

If you’ve looked back at pictures from the Victorian era, then you’ve definitely noticed that nobody is smiling. Everybody looks so serious, that the pictures suggest that people in...

World War II Military Slang 

February 26, 2017

Similar to how babies have their own language, soldiers in the military have created their own line of communication. Slang changes with the time and its no different in the military. The...

Animals Who Went To War (WWI)

February 26, 2017

In addition to the 65 million men who served in World War One, 16 million animals joined them. These animals aided in saving lives and offering comfort in the worst conditions. Whether th...

How Coffins Saved Lives During WWII

February 25, 2017

In most countries around the world, one of the major symbols of death is a coffin. It is seen as a resting spot for the bodies of the deceased before they are buried in the ground. ...

Infamous Last Words From The Most Iconic People In Hist...

February 25, 2017

Ever heard of the phrase “famous last words”? Well these celebrities may not know it, but some of their last words were pretty telling. In fact, some of them ...

Life in Japan In The 1800s

February 25, 2017

The late 19th Century marked the end of the 264-year long isolationist, stagnant Edo period and the ushering in of the Meiji Restoration. Life in Japan between 1860 and 1900 was marked by dr...

Abraham Lincoln through the years

February 25, 2017

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room, wooden cabin at Sinking Spring Farm in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Abraham was the second child of his parents Thomas Lincoln ...

Now And Then - WW2 Edition

February 25, 2017

World War II was a time of great unrest and uncertainty , soldiers roamed the streets of cities at war , casualties bodies laid out on open streets and fear remained in the hearts of those who o...

Vintage Photos Of Alaskan Settlers

February 25, 2017

When you think of Alaska, Russia may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Thousands of years ago, Paleolithic people moved into Alaska from the Bering Land Bridge, and continue...

The Part Of WWII That Is Still Hard To Talk About

February 24, 2017

An era of bloodshed, bombs and totalitarian power are the watermarks left by World War II. With over 60 million lives taken, World War II was one of the largest and bl...