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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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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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15 Contemplation-Worthy Facts about Confucius

Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a famous Chinese teacher, philosopher and politician, who created the basics of one of the national Chinese philosophies – Confucianism. He was active mainly during the Spring and Autumn period of the Chinese Empire, under the rule of the Eastern Zhou dynasty. Confucius was entirely self-taught and self-motivated. And he justified his mission with the need to re-introduce moral principles and family tradition to the people of China. His line of thought has gone down in history alongside the most well known classic…

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10 Noteworthy Facts About Anne Boleyn

Her grandfather was a London hatter Anne Boleyn’s family originally settled in the village of Salle, in Norfolk. Her ancestors were peasants, but not of the very poor kind. On the contrary, they had enough money set aside. Anne’s great-great-grandfather, Geoffrey Boleyn, was in fact so sure of himself that he was accused of trespassing the royal property a multitude of times, taking grain and water supplies from their lord’s manor, without paying for them. He was also clever enough to set his younger son, also by the name of…

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5 Awesome Portuguese Explorers You Should Know

1. Ferdinand Magellan He was the first Portuguese explorer to set out on an expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, as well as the first one to circumnavigate the Earth. Born in 1480 and raised in a wealthy Portuguese family, he quickly became a skillful sailor and navigator. Soon, he was handpicked by King Charles I of Spain to lead the naval fleet in search of a westward passage to the Maluku Islands, also known as the Spice Islands. The fleet of five vessels sailed south through…

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10 Things Worth Knowing About Julius Caesar

He was born into one heck of a great family The gens Julia, Caesar’s house, were a patrician family with quite notable origins. The house claimed to have descended from Iulus, son of the legendary Trojan prince Aeneas, who according to myth might also have been the son of  Venus – Roman goddess of beauty and love. Historia Augusta, a late Roman collection of biographies, suggests that the name of the family stems from the fact that one of its predecessors was born by means of a ceserean section. Other explanations for the name include…

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15 Fascinating Facts About Albert Einstein

1. Albert Einstein couldn’t get his love life straight Although few could compare with his outstanding scientific genius, Albert Einstein just wasn’t cut out for the homely life. His first wife was Mileva Marić, the only woman lucky enough to enroll for the mathematics and physics teaching diploma course at the Zurich Polytechnic. They soon became best college buddies and fell in love. The couple tied the knot in January 1903 and even had two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard. But Einstein decided that he’d rather spent his time with…

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Winston Churchill

1. Winston Churchill comes from a noble family Winston Churchill actually has quite a remarkable family tree. The Churchills derive from the Spencers, one of the most renowned British aristocratic families. To give you an example of just how powerful a heritage we are talking about, the Spencers can trace their roots back to the Medicis, the Hanovers, the Sforzas of the Habsburgs, and also the Boleyn, as in Mary Boleyn, Mistress’ of Henry VIII of England house. Diana, Princess of Wales is Churchill’s distant relative, as she too was…

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