Facts about history

Spanish flu in the early XXth century took more lives than all military actions of the two world wars

Spanish flu in the early XXth century took more lives than all military actions of the two world wars

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The 1918 flu pandemic was an extremely deadly disease, the first of the two pandemics including H1N1 influenza virus.

 

In Ancient China bureaucracy was punished for natural disasters

In Ancient China bureaucracy was punished for natural disasters

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The ancient Chinese manuscripts argue that thanks to the emperor the corn grows in the field and the fruits ripen in the gardens. Chinese people believed that if the emperor holds the eternal laws and live righteously, in his country will be always peace and harmony.

 

Corpse of Alexander the Great was transported in a vat with honey for 2 years before burial

Corpse of Alexander the Great was transported in a vat with honey for 2 years before burial

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The death of Emperor Alexander the Great and subsequent linked events have been the subjects of many speculations and debates. According to a Babylonian astronomical diary (III century BC), Alexander died between the evening of June 10 and the evening of June 11, 323 BC.

 

History of money forgery: origins and our days

History of money forgery: origins and our days

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Fake, counterfeit or forgery: all these things describe coins and banknotes made as imitation of original money and misrepresented as the genuine coins or banknotes. Since has been invented money, people have tried to reproduce it illegally and use it for their own earnings.

 

In the XIII century, King Henry III tried to revive the tradition of the Round Table

In the XIII century, King Henry III tried to revive the tradition of the Round Table

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Henry III (1207 – 1272) was the King of England from 1216 till his death.

 

Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest on behalf of the Swedish government during the World War II evacuated and save lives of thousands of Jews

Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest on behalf of the Swedish government during the World War II evacuated and save lives of thousands of Jews

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Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg (1912 –1947) was a Swedish architect, diplomat, businessman and humanitarian.

 

10 Incredible Nostradamus Predictions That Actually Came True

10 Incredible Nostradamus Predictions That Actually Came True

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More commonly known as Nostradamus, was an apothecary from France (1503 – 1566), and has a real name Michel de Nostredame. He foretold a number of predictions and published these in a world-famous book named “The Prophecies”.

 

During the travel to Europe, Peter I had hidden his name and had a pseudonym Peter Mikhailov

During the travel to Europe, Peter I had hidden his name and had a pseudonym Peter Mikhailov

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The Grand Embassy to the West (“Window into Europe”) was one of the deciding and life-changing journeys of the Russian Tsar Peter the Great.

 

Sword of Pepin III was longer than its owner: fact or only legend?

Sword of Pepin III was longer than its owner: fact or only legend?

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Pepin was the second of three sons of loyal knight to the Merovingians and devout Christian, Charles Martel (known as "the Hammer"). The men from Pippin dynasty had strong and tall construction of body. The right title for Pepin was almost certainly "Pippin the Younger".

 

Eugene of Savoy at age 27 became the youngest field marshal in the history

Eugene of Savoy at age 27 became the youngest field marshal in the history

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Eugene of Savoy was an outstanding Austrian commander and member of the Austro-Turkish War (1683-1699), the War of the Spanish Succession, the Austro-Turkish War (1716-1718) and the War of the Polish Succession.

 

A national holiday in honor of Genghis Khan, named Day of High pride of Mongolia, held in the country every year in different days according to the lunar calendar

A national holiday in honor of Genghis Khan, named Day of High pride of Mongolia, held in the country every year in different days according to the lunar calendar

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In the result of research conducted by a group of scientists from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, was found that Genghis Khan was born on the 1st day of the first month of winter in the year of Water Horse in the third sixth decade of the lunar calendar, i.e. in 1162 AD.

 

The war is not a game. But sometimes...

The war is not a game. But sometimes...

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Of course, war is a terrible thing enough. Consequences of the war are disastrous. Among them we can name destroyed cities and broken lifes.

 

Giacomo Casanova proposed to organize a lottery in 1758 to get the money to build a military academy

Giacomo Casanova proposed to organize a lottery in 1758 to get the money to build a military academy

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Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725 – 1798) is a famous Italian adventurer and writer from Venice. His autobiography “Story of My Life” is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the traditions and norms of European social life during the XVIIIth.

 

Jaromir Jagr wears the number 68, in honor of the Prague Spring rebellion that occurred in Czechoslovakia in 1968

Jaromir Jagr wears the number 68, in honor of the Prague Spring rebellion that occurred in Czechoslovakia in 1968

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Jaromír Jágr is a most known Czech professional ice hockey player for the New Jersey Devils team of the NHL. He also played with other professional NHL`s teams and clubs as the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and some others.

 

Pope John Paul II never have been visited Russia because of Eastern Orthodox Church unwillingness

Pope John Paul II never have been visited Russia because of Eastern Orthodox Church unwillingness

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John Paul II (born as Karol Józef Wojtyła) was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his decease in 2005. The fact: he was the second longest-serving pope in history and the first non-Italian Pope since Adrian VI, who died by then 455 years ago.

 

Before meeting with the Red Army troops American soldiers were given 50 grams of sunflower oil to got drunk slower

Before meeting with the Red Army troops American soldiers were given 50 grams of sunflower oil to got drunk slower

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April 25, 1945. This is factual day of World War II ending. In this day American and Soviet troops (that was at war against the common enemy) were meeting at the River Elbe, nearby Torgau, Germany.

 

Sandals originally were made from the bark of sandalwood, hence appeared the name

Sandals originally were made from the bark of sandalwood, hence appeared the name

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Sandals represent an open kind of footwear, made up of a undersurface held to the wearer's foot by strip of leather, cloth, or other flexible material, often with a buckle passing over the instep and, sometimes, on the ankle.

 

During the reign of king of Spain Philip II, the Netherlands brought into the treasury in 7 times more gold than American colonies or Spain itself

During the reign of king of Spain Philip II, the Netherlands brought into the treasury in 7 times more gold than American colonies or Spain itself

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Rule of Philip II was the peak and the beginning of the decline of Spanish absolutism in the XVI century. Brutal suppression of popular uprisings, destruction of old local privileges, persecution of heretics and other confessions, violent Inquisition.

 

Venus de Milo held an apple in her hand

Venus de Milo held an apple in her hand

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The most beautiful Goddess, forever young and fascinating Aphrodite, is imprinted in a graceful marble statue called Aphrodite of Milos, or better known as Venus de Milo (Aphrodite or Venus – Goddess of beauty and love). She is one of the most renowned ancient Greek sculpture’s creations.

 

Who was Marco Polo: the great traveler or the greatest liar?

Who was Marco Polo: the great traveler or the greatest liar?

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The book written by a writer of fiction dictated by a prisoner represents unique evidence of the fact that Marco Polo ever undertook his epic voyage that he narrated.

 

The Black Hole of Calcutta - the last refuge of English captives

The Black Hole of Calcutta - the last refuge of English captives

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The Black Hole of Calcutta is the name of the prison that was situated in Fort Williams, in colonial India. Here allegedly died a lot of British prisoners of war. This story happened on the night of 20 June 1756.

 

Sir Francis Drake was the second man and the first Englishman who sailed around the world

Sir Francis Drake was the second man and the first Englishman who sailed around the world

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Sir Francis Drake (born: 1540 – died: 1596) was known as an English sea captain, slaver, politician of the Elizabethan era and one of her favorites. Almost people knew Drake as a defeater of Spanish Armada, but it was not only his major accomplishment.

 

The Window Tax. Times, when love sunshine and light could cost you a little bit more

The Window Tax. Times, when love sunshine and light could cost you a little bit more

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Window Tax is the interesting example of strange law, every appeared in history and world. First this tax was assessed in England in 1696.

 

Stones from walls of demolished Bastille prison became souvenirs

Stones from walls of demolished Bastille prison became souvenirs

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Bastille was a fortress in Paris. It had eight towers linked by walls and surrounded by a moat. It occupied an important place in French history because of being a state prison.

 

Adolf Hitler bought a famous copy of Discobolus

Adolf Hitler bought a famous copy of Discobolus

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Discobolus or Discus Thrower is a work of ancient Greek sculptor Myron of Eleutherae. The sculpture completed between 460-450 BC. Original bronze sculpture lost, but there are some marble copies.

 

German diplomat Bismarck concealed his knowledge of Russian language

German diplomat Bismarck concealed his knowledge of Russian language

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German politician and diplomat Otto von Bismarck was one of the men who united Germany from dozens of small states under Prussian superiority. Bismarck fought with weak opponents and tried to be friends with strong states. He was nicknamed "Iron Chancellor".

 

Fidel Castro asked for money from President of the United States

Fidel Castro asked for money from President of the United States

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Communist politician Fidel Castro is considered to be one of the enemies of the United States. During being a leader of Cuba he nationalized a lot of companies. But it was not always the case.

 

Vandals not only write graffiti, but also sacked Rome 15 centuries ago

Vandals not only write graffiti, but also sacked Rome 15 centuries ago

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The name "vandals" derived from Germanic people. In the second century AD they lived not far from the Baltic Sea. They moved little by little through western Europe and the Strait of Gibraltar to North Africa.

 

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