Today I learned of Benjaman Kyle, an amnesiac man discovered in 2004 who had no memories of his life and could not even recall his name. It was not until 2015 that his identity was discovered through DNA testing, and there is still a twenty-year gap in his life history with no known records en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about Operation Meetinghouse - the single deadliest bombing raid in human history, even more destructive than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. On 10 March 1945 United States bombers dropped incendiaries on Tokyo. It killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed 267,171 buildings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
Today I learned of the "Boring Billion". From roughly 1.8 billion BC to 0.8 billion BC, relatively nothing happened on earth. There was tectonic stability, a static climate, and hardly any biological evolution. It has been termed "The Dullest Time in Earth's History". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
Today I learned of Connections, a 1978 science education TV series created by science historian James Burke. The series contends that one cannot consider the development of any particular piece of the modern world in isolation but rather that interconnected isolated events is what drives history and innovation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The history behind the Official Flag of Los Angeles, β€œFiesta Flag” representing 3 major Californian crops, and the two nations that ruled the area before it became part of the US. lacity.org/residents/hist…
Daniel Lambert (1770- 1809), the heaviest authenticated person in history at that time, once fought a bear on the streets of Leicester and only gave up horseback hunting when his weight exceeded 560 pounds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned of the Sony rootkit scandal: In 2005, Sony shipped 22,000,000 CDs which, when inserted into a Windows computer, installed unn-removable and highly invasive malware. The software hid from the user, prevented all CDs from being copied, and sent listening history to Sony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The Beaver magazine had to change name, because its unintended sexual connotation has caused the history journal to become snagged in Internet filters and has turned off potential readers reuters.com/article/canad…
Anne lister called as "the first modern lesbian" wrote the 26 volumes diary about her life, including her sex life and lesbian relationships in complex codes, which are described as β€œthe Dead Sea Scrolls” of lesbian history. bbc.co.uk/news/resources/…
Peter Gerry, a Senator from Rhode Island, is the only U.S. Senator in American history to lose re-election and later reclaim his Senate seat from the person who had defeated him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
, US Navy Vice Admiral Joel T. Boone is the most highly decorated medical officer in the history of the US Armed Forces. During World War I, he received the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 6 Silver Stars and 3 Purple Hearts for heroism. He also served as physician for US Presidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Hummel figurines were based on the paintings of Berta Hummel, later known as Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Early in life she enrolled in Munich’s famed State School of Applied Arts n art history, life drawing, watercolor and oil painting, and textile design graduating top of her class. hummelgifts.com/blog/the-…
Today I learned about Jacob Fugger. He was born in 1459, was (arguably) the richest man who ever lived, and shaped history by influencing kings and popes to act in his own best interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
American actor Chuck Connors (1921-1992) is one of only 13 athletes in the history of American professional sports to have played in both Major League Baseball (Brooklyn Dodgers 1949, Chicago Cubs, 1951) and the National Basketball Association (Boston Celtics 1947–48). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The official multi-nation search for the doomed MH 370 aircraft was the largest and most expensive aviation search in history. 19 vessels and 345 aircraft sorties combed 4.6 million square kilometers of the Southern Indian Ocean for an approximated cost of US$155 million. atsb.gov.au/media/5773565…
History Channel had a show called "hunting hitler" that posited the idea that hitler escaped his bunker, and the cast of the show thought a picture of Moe Howard (one of the Three Stooges) was literally Hitler metabunk.org/threads/hist…
Texas A&M University offers a class on Texas Barbecue that teaches the history of BBQ, cooking methodology, flavorings and seasonings, and different types of BBQ. The class is offered in the fall and is held on Friday afternoons. bbq.tamu.edu/ansc-117-tex…
The Great Smog of London killed 4000 Londoners in 4 days and was composed of dense fog and sooty black coal smoke. Est. 100,000 became ill. Considered by some to be the deadliest environmental episode in recorded history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about the sultanate of women. A period in ottoman history that lasted for a century where the wives and mothers of the sultans held incredible political power that was started by hurrem sultan, the wife of suleiman the magnificent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sul…
Today I learned about Lydia Taft, who on October 30th, 1756, became the first woman to legally vote in U.S. History. During a Town Meeting in Uxbridge, Mass., Taft voted in favor of appropriating funds for the regiments engaged in the French and Indian War. Her vote preceded the 19th Amendment by 164 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyd…
Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" is the 4th best selling record in all of history, with only Michael Jackson's Thriller, ACDC's Back in Black and Whitney Houston's Bodyguard soundtrack selling more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Voyager Golden Records contain an hour-long recording of the brainwaves of Ann Druyan. "During the recording of the brainwaves, Druyan thought of many topics, including Earth's history, civilizations and the problems they face, and what it was like to fall in love." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
The Double Sunrise are the longest commercial aircraft flights in history. Flown by Qantas during WWII between Western Australia and Sri Lanka through Japanese occupied territory, each flight lasted over 27 hours. Passengers would see two sunrises while airborne en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Syphilis has a complex linguistic history. Even as the English used to call it the French disease, the French called it the Neapolitan one. The Russians called it Polish, the Poles called it German, the Germans called it French and the Danish called it Spanish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Little Shop Of Horrors was the first ever DVD in history to get recalled. In 1998, a disc was released to stores containing a "black-and-white, un-scored, un-dubbed video copy of the original ending that looked like shit." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The Ancient Silk Road city of Merv, Turkmenistan had once held the title of the world's largest city during the 12th-13th century with a population of more than 500,000 and in 1221 was horrifically decimated in its entirety by the Mongols in one of the worst genocides in human history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The 1841 Creole Mutiny -- the "most successful slave revolt in U.S. history" -- won the freedom of 128 people when the Creole, a ship carrying slaves from Virginia for sale in New Orleans, was taken over and sent to the Bahamas, straining U.S. relations with Great Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
In history 24 popes were allegedly active sexually; 7 popes were legally married, and at least 15 had children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A Football Manager player alerted the Philippine Football Federation that 2 brothers born in England were eligible for the Philippines national football team. The brothers finished their careers as the first and second most capped players in the history of the Philippines national team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The character’s name Bruce Wayne a/k/a Batman was based on history’s war heroes Robert the Bruce and "Mad" Anthony Wayne (General of Continental Army during Revolutionary War). wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthon…
In 1927, during the worst flood in the history of the Mississippi River Valley, Herbert Hoover and the Red Cross set up "concentration camps" comprised of African Americans forced to work at gunpoint on the levee, and created a media campaign to cover it up. historicalreview.yale.edu…
In 1999 the Cape Canaveral area was allocated the telephone area code of 321 (i.e. launch countdown) as homage to its space flight and rocket launch history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
OJ Simpson's lawyers arranged to have a Norman Rockwell painting hung at his home to reflect "something depicting African-American history" and ultimately elicit sympathy from black jurors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today i learned that 2 axis world war 2 cruisers, The DKM Prinz Eugen and the RM Eugenio di Savoia who spent the war fighting the British were named for Prince Eugene of Savoy, who was neither German nor Italian and is widely remembered in history mostly for being a key British wartime ally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
In 1997, the small rural community of Roby, Illinois was the scene of one of the longest single person standoffs in history. An elderly Shirley Allen's refusal to have her involuntarily committed by her family led to a 39-day standoff with the Illinois State Police and other authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant were founding donors of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Kobe later donated his uniform jersey from the 2008 NBA Finals, the year he was named the league MVP, to the museum. nmaahc.si.edu/about/news/…
The mousetrap is the "most frequently invented device in American history". The American Patent and Trademark Office has issued a total 4400 mousetrap patents, and 400 applications are still made yearly. Only 20 of these inventions have been commercially successful. uh.edu/engines/epi1163.ht…
The Baseball Manager Connie Mack was the longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history and holds record for wins (3,731), losses (3,948). He also had a code of conduct for all his players that included not judging people on the basis of race or religion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The family tree of Confucius has been tracked for more than 2500 years, and with 80 generations it is the longest known line of succession in history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Today I learned about a New Jersey history professor who was telling a story to his class about how a ranger saved his life in a canyon at night in Texas in 1940. The ranger had managed to track him down and coincidentally walked in to the classroom right as the professor was telling the story. cnn.com/2015/12/29/us/odd…
Televangelist Pat Robertson had extensive business with West African warlord Charles Taylor, who "has been found responsible for aiding and abetting as well as planning some of the most heinous and brutal crimes in recorded human history" and sentenced to 50 years for crimes against humanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The history of the fork. It was invented by the ancient Greeks and introduced to to Europe in the 10th century by Theophanu Byzantine wife of Emperor Otto the 2nd. It made its way to Italy by the 11th century and had become popular amongst merchants by the 14th. rmg.co.uk/stories/blog/hi…
A various points in history, a number of churches in Europe have claimed to possess Jesus's foreskin. And that in 1983, the last known rumored relic went missing from a town near Rome, allegedly stolen by the Vatican. cbc.ca/radio/ideas/how-je…
Today I learned of Franz Nopcsa: Romanian aristrocrate, 1st to hijack an airplane in history, almost king of Albania, spy, weapons smuggler, geologist, paleobiologist and homosexual in 1900s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Curry has a longer history of being served in Britain than fish and chips, with the first Indian restaurant opening in 1809 and fish and chips only served from 1858 at the earliest. wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis…
The year 1816 is known as the Year Without a Summer because of the eruption of Mount Tambora, the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded human history, which caused a volcanic winter and average global temperatures to decrease by 0.4–0.7 Β°C (0.7–1 Β°F). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
The Chilean Recluse Spider, one of the most dangerous spiders in the world, has established itself in the Americas, Australia, and the Natural History Museum of Helsinki. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Queen Victoria personally admired Harriet Tubman and gifted her a silk lace & linen shawl in 1897. It is now on display at the national museum of African-American history & Culture nmaahc.si.edu/object/nmaa…
Today I learned of the Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US History. An estimated 764 workers died of Silicosis caused by working conditions and lack of safety equiment. nps.gov/neri/planyourvisi…
The deadliest blizzard in history happened in Iran in early February of 1972. 26 feet of snow fell over a 5 day period, killing 4,000 people, and wiping 200 villages off the map. mentalfloss.com/article/2…

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