Sigurd the Mighty, Earl of Orkney, died in 892 CE when he was bitten by the severed head of his foe, Máelbrigte the Bucktoothed.
The Epic of Sundiata, describing the rise of the first ruler of the Mali Empire, was passed down by griots – West African bards – for over six hundred years before it was written down.
The closest approximation of Pi for nearly a thousand years was calculated by Chinese mathematician Zu Chongzhi around 480 CE, using an algorithm developed by Liu Hui.
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In a bid to free up jobs after the onset of the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of people were deported from the United States to Mexico. The majority were American citizens.
Tāq Kasrā, one of the last surviving buildings of the ancient Sasanian Empire’s capital city, has the largest unreinforced brick arch in the world.
Didius Julianus won the Roman Empire in an auction held by the Praetorian Guard in 193 CE.
Isaac Newton, giant of math and physics, undercover agent for the Royal Mint, faced off against William Chaloner, the notorious forger, tongue-padder, and dildo-merchant. [2 of 2]
Precious metals could be stolen from coins by clipping, plugging, or sweating them. It’s a good thing Isaac Newton was on the case. [1 of 2]
Queen Alexandra had a scar and a limp – and British fashion followed suit.
If you want to decipher an encrypted message, it’s helpful to plant some plaintext seeds.
Sudden bouts of contagious dancing plagued pre-modern Europe – afflicting up to a thousand people at a time.
In the late 19th century CE Sierra Leone and surrounds, high quality iron needles tied into bundles served as currency.
King Charles II of Navarre died when, wrapped in alcohol-soaked linen, he caught on fire.
Around 255 CE, a Chinese inventor named Ma Jun created a chariot that could always point south – without using magnets.