Acupuncture was first used as a medical treatment in 2700 BC by Chinese emperor Shen-Nung.
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
At Andrew Jackson’s funeral in 1845, his pet parrot had to be removed because it was swearing.
At the height of its power, in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.
Bock’s Car was the name of the B-29 Bomber that dropped the Atom Bomb on Nagasaki.
Britain’s present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.
Chicago’s Lincoln Park was created in 1864. The original 120 acre cemetery had most of its graves removed and was expanded to more than 1000 acres for recreational use.
Christmas became a national holiday in the US in 1890.
During the US Civil war, 200,000 blacks served in the Union Army; 38,000 gave their lives; 22 won the Medal of Honor.
The steroids of ancient Rome were dried boar’s dung. Chariot racers often took a drink made from the dung before major events.
During the First World War, the punishment for homosexuality in the French army was execution.
In the days of old, any Japanese person who tried to leave the country, was summarily executed. As a further barrier to defection, a decree issued in Japan in the 1630s banned the building of any large sea-worthy ships.
Members of the SS had their blood types tattooed on their armpits.
The tiny Pyrenean state of Andorra found itself fighting two world wars at the same time. Due to an oversight at the end of the First World War, Andorra’s name was omitted from the Treaty of Versailles, meaning that the 11-man national army was still technically at war with Germany. When the Second World War broke out in 1939, it was too much of a strain on the Andorran resources. So the country hastily signed a private treaty with Germany, finally concluding the First World War.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
A golden razor removed from Tutankhamen’s tomb over 3000 years after his death was still sharp enough for use.
In ancient Greece an “idiot” was a private citizen or layman.
Louis XIX was King of France from breakfast until tea-time on 2 August 1830, at which point he abdicated.
The punishment for men who committed adultery in ancient Greece was to have a root vegetable inserted where the sun doesn’t shine.
Roman Emperor Caligula was so upset by the death of his sister Drusila that he imposed a year of mourning. During this time, everyone in the empire was forbidden to dine with his family, laugh or take a bath. The penalty for transgression was death.
The Chinese were using aluminium to make things as early as AD300. Western civilisation didn’t rediscover the metal until 1827.
Many men who acted as guards along the Great Wall of China in the Middle Ages spent their whole lives there. They were born there, raised there, they married there, died there, and were even buried within the wall.
Under an old Chinese law, anyone who revealed how to make silk was liable to death by torture.
The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria, in 1787.
Barbers used to combine shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth, The white stripes on the red background of a barber’s pole represent the bandages used in bloodletting.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury.
Although Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the US, it is technically number 47. Until 7 August 1953, Congress forgot to vote of formal resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
The United States gets through enough water in one day for every American to take 64 baths. The average water consumption for the rest of the world is only a third of the US.
The Boston Nation, a newspaper published in Ohio during the mid-19th century, had pages which were 7½ft long and 5½ft wide. It needed two people to hold it aloft for reading.
97 percent of all paper money in the United States contains traces of cocaine.
While the Hiroshima atomic bomb was being prepared in New Mexico, applicants for menial jobs at the plant didn’t get the job if they could read. This was because the Us authorities didn’t want staff reading secret papers or discarded litter.
Only two people signed the Declaration independence on 4 July 1776 – John Hancock and Charles Thomson. The majority of the other members of Congress signed on 2 August, although the final signature wasn’t added for another five years.
100,000 cubic ft of water pours over Niagara Falls every second.
The amount of junk mail that Americans receive in a day could produce enough energy to heat a quarter of a million homes.
There are 1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire strung across the US. There are more phones in New York City than there are in the whole of Spain.
Over 26 billion dollars in ransom money has been paid out in the US over the past 20 years.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
There are 17 miles of corridor in the Pentagon.
Everyone in the Middle Ages believed — as Aristotle had — that the heart was the seat of intelligence. First four countries to have television: England, the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and Brazil.
Former President Cleveland defeated incumbent Benjamin Harrison in 1892, becoming the first (and, to date, only) chief executive to win non-consecutive terms to the White House.
Fourteenth century physicians didn’t know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber’s striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
Grand Rapids, Michigan was the 1st US city to fluoridate its water in 1945.
In 1810 US population was 7,239,881. Black population at 1,377,808 was 19%. In 1969 US population reached 200 million.
In 1865, several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, called the Ku Klux Klan.
In 1892, Italy raised the minimum age for marriage for girls – to 12.
In 1947, Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for children by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.
In England and the American colonies the year 1752 only had 354 days. In that year, the type of calendar was changed, and 11 days were lost.
In the Holocaust between 5.1 and 6 million of Europe’s 10 million Jews were killed. An additional 6 million ‘unwanted’ people were also executed, including more than half of Poland’s educated populace.
Influenza caused over twenty-one million deaths in 1918.
Martha Washington, Pocahontas, and Susan B. Anthony are the only 3 women to have been represented on US currency.
More than 20,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action in the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. This was the bloodiest one-day fight during the Civil War.