Events 

10 Interesting Facts About the 95 Theses of Martin Luther

Marin Luther is known today as one of the icons of Reformation. This clergyman and avid theologist, born in 1483 in Germany, was among the first few ones to see the deception of the practices held by the Catholic church and spoke against it. The matter in question was the sale of „indulgences”, certificates which were said to have the power of absolution of sins for both the living sinners and their loved ones whose souls were in purgatory. The idea was supported by the Pope himself, and therefore gained…

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Places 

10 Mysterious Facts About Babylon

Babylon was one of the most significant cities within the ancient Mesopotamian empire, situated on a broad plain between two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. The main part of the city was built on the banks of the Euphrates river, divided onto its left and right bank. Babylon was first a small Semitic Akkadian settlement, dating back to 2300 BC, which only later was expanded and gained its political meaning. The town first became independent with the onset of the Amorite Babylonian Dynasty in 1894 BC. The Amorite king, Hammurabi, also…

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Technology 

6 Amazing Discoveries by the Phoenicians

The Phoenicians were a sea-based people, who inhabited the land of Canaan (modern day Lebanon) at about the same time as the Israelites, i.e. from 1500 BC to 300 BC. They were highly skilled sailors, who often established small trading companies overseas. They traded with Egyptians, Assyrians and many other people of the Middle East, and their most sought-after product was a textile dye called Tyrian purple, used to make luxury clothing items. The Phoenicians left behind many discoveries, all of which are still relevant today. Here is a list…

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People 

13 Fearsome Facts about Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun remains a mythical figure in ancient history. His unprecedented military skills and political aptitude contributed to the Huns creating a territorial empire, which even constituted a threat to the Romans. Being the Huns’ southern neighbors, the Romans truly feared this tribal confederation which often allied with the Germanic tribes of Central and Eastern Europe. Attila was the ruler of Huns from 434 until 453 and is remembered as one of the most charismatic leaders. He crossed the Danube river twice, sacked Balkan cities by the dozen and…

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Places 

10 Captivating Facts about Tikal

Tikal was an ancient Mayan city, the ruins of which can be found in the jungle of Guatemala, near Belize. Today it is recognized as one of the largest Mayan sites and one of the best-preserved examples of an early to late classical period Mayan cities. It is studied extensively by archaeologists from all over the world, helps raise money for the preservation of the nearby rainforests and was also established as the Tikal National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is a selection of ten unusual facts…

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Events 

15 Essential Facts about the Hussite Wars

The Hussite Wars, also known as the Bohemian Wars were part of a whole religious motion called the Hussite Revolution. The basis of the revolution was the protestant faith of the Hussites who stood in opposition to the regular religion of the Roman Catholic church. They were the followers of a Bohemian (nowadays Czech) priest and reformer by the name Jan Hus. The monarchs along with the Church tried to dissuade the Hussites from their faith and as a consequence, they rebelled. The wars continued from ca. 1419 to 1434….

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People 

15 Note-Worthy Facts about General Robert E. Lee

Robert Edward Lee, born on January 19, 1807 was a famous American general, particularly recognized for his achievements in leading the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. Lee was a son of another famous man, a distinguished army officer going by the name of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III. Robert was not only a talented commander, but he also showed great engineering skills. His military service was especially valued during the times of the Mexican-American War, where he served as a US military superintendent. Here…

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Art 

10 Must See Paintings by Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a famous Dutch painter and etcher, who by many is recognized as one of the greatest classical masters of European visual arts. He is also considered to be the most important artist in Dutch history. His life and work is known as part of the Dutch Golden Age, an era of exceptional development of fine arts in the Netherlands. Rembrandt achieved much critical acclaim both as a portrait and scene painter. He often painted Biblical motifs, which stressed the moral hardships of human beings. Here…

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Events 

10 Diplomatic Facts about the Perry Expedition and the Convention of Kanagawa

The Perry Expedition was the first successful attempt to establish trade and diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan, held by Commodore Matthew Perry in the years 1853-54. Previously, the Japanese ruling party, the Tokugawa shogunate led a policy of isolation of the country, allowing only trade with the Dutch and China on a very small area. The Perry Expedition was a diplomatic attempt to change this policy and establish long-term benefits for both countries. It was followed by signing the Convention of Kanagawa, which was the official treaty…

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War 

10 Essential Facts About the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses were a series of battles to secure the throne of England. It was a domestic feud, which enacted between the supporters of two rivaling families of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster and York. The Wars of the Roses were first fought in episodes from 1455 till 1487, but there were also occasional battles before the designated historic period. The first and most important cause of the conflict were the social and financial hardships, which England had to deal with in the…

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