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The Great Lisbon Earthquake: How A Natural Disaster Ushered A Crisis Of Faith

In 1755, Lisbon was hit by a strong earthquake that destroyed almost all the Catholic churches in the city, while all the city’s brothels remained largely intact. The event ushered in a long-lasting crisis of faith in Portugal.

Operation Solomon: How A Rescue Mission Set A World Record

At the beginning of the 1990s, Ethiopia was plagued by a terrible civil war, and the whole country was plunged into chaos and unrest....

13 Facts About Galileo Galilei

Einstein once said that only the work of Galileo can be seen as the real beginning of astronomy and physics. All before that might...

15 Facts about Einstein – The Only List You’ll Ever Need

Its already more than 100 years ago that Einstein proclaimed his general theory of relativity and thereby flipping our understanding of physics upside down....

The Ghost Army of World War II

During the Second World War, the US Army maintained a tactical deception unit. It consisted of numerous artists, film set designers and actors. Their task was to create vehicle dummies and to simulate operations. Soldiers called their friends in this unit the “Ghost Army”.

The Population of Louisiana: A Story of Convicts and Prostitutes

In September 1719, prisoners in Paris were released under the condition that they marry a prostitute and emigrate to Louisiana, USA. The objective was to advance French colonies along the Mississippi.

20 Facts About Nikola Tesla That Will Give You Shock Waves!

You have probably heard a lot of facts about Nikola Tesla like he was one of the pioneers of electromagnetic induction, the...

Masabumi Hosono: The Tragic Story of the Only Japanese Passenger on the Titanic

Masabumi Hosono was the only Japanese passenger on the Titanic. Fortunately, he was rescued when the ship sank, but when he returned home he was portrayed as a coward by the media and other public authorities. He was accused of being a disgrace to the country for not sacrificing his life to save the lives of others.

The unbelievable life of Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson, an African American born in 1918, was an incredible mathematician. Due to her special abilities, she attended high school at the age of ten and completed her studies when she was only 18. When she later worked for NASA, her talent for math was soon recognized and it became her job to verify the accuracy of computer-calculated orbits for planets.

Thomas Stevens – The First Person To Circle The Globe By Bicycle

Thomas Stevens is considered to be the first person to have circumnavigated the world on a bicycle. From April 1884 to December 1886, he rode around the globe on a penny-farthing.

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