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On This Date, December 23rd

1. 1783: George Washington retires as commander in chief It was on this date in 1783 that our country’s founding father, George Washington, resigns…

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Why Can’t We Say “Macbeth” in a Theater?

Macbeth – the famed “Scottish Play” – is one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies. More famous than the play itself, perhaps, is the fabled…

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History’s Badasses: Boudica

“Nothing is safe from Roman pride and arrogance. They will deface the sacred and will deflower our virgins. Win the battle or perish, that…

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History’s Nutcases: Tiberius

Last time on History’s Nutcases, we talked about a man named Jemmy Hirst, who fancied riding a bull he’d trained to jump fences like a…

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Earliest-Known Cooking Vessels In the World Found in Lybia

Many experts say: cooking is what makes us human. Last week, archaeologists may have found the earliest evidence of cooked food to-date. A group…

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Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2016

2016 has been quite a year, what with the American presidency changing hands, Brexit, David Bowie’s death, and countless other events. Whether it’s been…

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On This Date, December 22nd

1. 1808: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is heard by the public for the first time It was on this date in 1808 the most famous…

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

In December of 1914, bitter battles were fought in the trenches along the western front of World War I. The trenches were a horrific…

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5 Historical Christmas Foods Most People Don’t Eat Anymore

The human race has been celebrating the holiday of Christmas for a very long time – about a thousand years, actually. Of course, no…

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What Is “Yuletide”, Anyway?

During the Christmas Season, we hear a lot about “Yuletide” in Christmas songs everywhere, but where does this word come from. Is it simply…

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