The inventor of the diesel engine died at sea under mysterious and still unexplained circumstances.
Vidal Sassoon was an icon of 20th century fashion – and also beat up fascists in post-WWII London.
A prehistoric Scythian tomb in Siberia contained the oldest surviving carpet in the world.
Temulji Bhicaji Nariman was a knight, a dean, a plague doctor, a sheriff, a grandmaster, and his marriage lasted longer than almost any other in recorded history.
In early Christian tradition, the power of saints’ relics could be transferred from object to object by a simple touch.
The Muhammad Ali vs. Rocky Marciano boxing match was screened in theatres across Europe and North America in 1970. In American theatres, Marciano won. In European theatres, Ali did.
Myrtle Corbin was born with four legs.
On March 31, 1913, a concert performance in Vienna ended with a riot and a famous slap.
John I the Posthumous was the King of France for five days, from the time he was born until the time he died.
The first camel in Australia shot its owner, the English explorer John Horrocks.
The oldest living rose bush has been growing on the side of Hildesheim Cathedral for several hundred years.
Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director, the creator of the first film to feature an all-African-American cast, and the co-founder of the largest pre-Hollywood film studio in the United States.
The Ishango bone, found in what is today part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and dating back 20,000 years, may contain some of the earliest evidence of mathematical thought.
Some people will go to absurd lengths to get revenge on their neighbours – including building houses purely out of spite.
The earliest fully recorded game of modern chess – from the 15th century CE – is a poem about love.