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~3200 BC - The earliest person we know the name of is a Mesopotamian called Kushim. A stone tablet effectively reads 'a total of 29,086 measures of barley were received over the course of 37 months. Signed, Kushim.'

The Roman-Persian Wars are considered the longest conflict in human history, lasting from 54 BC to 692 AD, over 680 years.

~250 AD - St. Denis. He reportedly got his head chopped odd, then got up, picked up his head, and walked 6 miles, while preaching. He is the patron saint of headaches and possessed people.

1355 - The St Scholastica Day riot: An Oxford a dispute between two students and a tavern keeper escalated to a two-day riot where 93 people died. The entire incident was over the quality of drinks being served at the tavern.

The Voynich Manuscript... 240 pages include undeciphered text containsing strange images and has baffled the world for centuries. Experts carbon dated the piece circa 1420, but little else is known.

1518 - There was dancing plague in Strasbourg, Alsace (now France) in which people went into the street and danced until many died of exhaustion, strokes and heart attacks.

1605 - The Papal Conclave had the first and only recorded physical fight between Cardinals over Papal nominees.

1608 - Juliana Morell became the first woman to receive a university degree. By age 12 she had defended her theses in public and by 14 she finished her degree summa cum laude.

1623 - The Pilgrims experimented in "Communal Property" ownership in 1620 before switching to "Private Property" ownership.

Massachusetts started a state-run ferry service between Boston, Charlestown, and Chelsea in 1630. This was likely the first chartered transportation service in North America.

Robin Redbreasts are called redbreasts because the word "orange" did not exist until the 1600s.

Robert Plot was the First Scientist to Discover a Dinosaur Bone in 1676. He Initially Believed it Belonged to a "Giant Man".

1676 - a company known as the 'Compagnie de Limonadiers' was founded in Paris, and were granted monopoly rights to sell lemonade. This became the first time soft drinks were marketed and sold.

All European monarchs occupying the throne today descended from one man: John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687-1711).

Scheele's Green, invented in 1775, was a yellowish-green pigment containing copper and arsenic, making it extremely toxic. It was used in fabrics, paint, toys, even food. Those exposed often suffered fainting, rashes, even violent illness. It was replaced by Cobalt Green in the 19th century.

1789 - Havre de Grace, Maryland was one vote away from becoming the permanent capital of the United States. The town is locally pronounced 'Have-err Dee Grace.

1791 - Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 96, which, reportedly, during the first performance at first performed at the Hanover Square Rooms in London, a chandelier fell and could have injured the crowd. Reportedly the audience was so perplexed by this symphony that they all crowded around the stage resulting in no one being injured, and the piece being nicknamed "The Miracle Symphony".

"Uncle" Fed Messer was the man who lived in three centuries, from 1792-1907.

1795 - as Composer Joseph Haydn conducted the premiere of his 102nd symphony, the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look. Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, killing no one and giving this piece the name "The Miracle".

1810 - To win a bet that he could turn anywhere into the most talked-about address in London, Theodore Hook sent thousands of letters from 54 Berners Street, requesting deliveries, visitors & assistance. Within a day, thousands of people had visited the street, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.

1816 - The Poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was in fact about a little girl, Mary Sawyer, from Boston whose little lamb followed her to school one day.

1816 - The Year Without a Summer (also the Poverty Year, the Summer that Never Was, Year There Was No Summer) Earth cooled 0.7–1.3 °F).Probably caused by the 1815 Mount Tambora eruption, it resulted in major food shortages across the Northern Hemisphere, much of which was covered in a 'dry fog'.

1818 - American Journal of Science Magazine began publication

The Youth's Companion Magazine (1827-1929)

Chemists Lea & Perrins created the recipe for a fermented liquid condiment in the 1830s, however it wasn't to their liking and was set aside and forgotten about. When the barrels were rediscovered many months later, the taste had mellowed into what is now known as Worcestershire sauce.

The Knickerbocker Magazine (1833-1965)

1856 - Preston Brooks (D), beat Senator Charles Sumner (R) with a cane on the floor of the United States Senate in retaliation for an anti-slavery speech. He resigned his seat later in the year, only to be reelected to the same position left vacant by his resignation.

1861 - Scott County, Tennessee, seceded from Tennessee in protest when Tennessee seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy. The resulting 'Free and Independent State of Scott' did not officially rejoin Tennessee until 1986.

Harper's Weekly Magazine (1857-1916)

1857 - The Atlantic began publication

Illustrated Police News Magazine (1860-1904)

1864 - During the Civil War Salisbury Steak was thought to be healthier than vegetables, according to Dr. Salisbury

1865 - Ringo Kelley accidentally killed two men with dynamite during construction of the Hoosac Tunnel. A year later Kelley was found strangled in the tunnel and his death remains unsolved.

1865 - Police officers are blue because they were originally surplus US army uniforms after the civil war.

1867 - Harper's Bazaar began publication

Founded in 1869 and still active until today, the Prohibition Party is the oldest third party in the US.

1872 - Popular Science began publicationWoman's Home Companion Magazine (1873-1957)

McCall's Magazine (1873-2002)

St. Nicholas Magazine (1873-1943)

The Magazine of American History Magazine (1877-1917)

1879 - The Wachtower began publicationArgosy Magazine (1882-1978)

1883 - Ladie's Home Journal began publication 0n January 4, 1883

Life Magazine began publication

May 2, 1885 Good Housekeeping began publication

Sporting News Magazine (1886-2012)

1886 - Cosmopolitan began publication

Scribner's Magazine (1887-1939)

1887 - American Rifleman began publication

1888 - National Geographic began publication

The Literary Digest Magazine (1890-1938)Short Stories Magazine (1890-1959)

1892 - Vogue began publication

1895 - Field & Stream began publication

1896 - House Beautiful began publication

1898 - Sunset began publication

1902 - Popular Mechanics began publication

1903 - Redbook began publication

The American Magazine (1904-1956)

Railroad Man's Magazine (1906-1979)

1906 - The Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906.

When Hitler sold paintings in Vienna from 1908-13, many of his buyers were Jewish.

Top-Notch Magazine (1910-1937)

1910's Principia Mathematica was a three-volume work on the foundations of Mathematics. This hefty work aimed to create a set of axioms that could, in theory, prove all mathematical truths. This included proving that 1+1=2

1911 - The Breakup of Standard Oil is actually where John D. Rockefeller made most of his money. It more than tripled his net worth from $300 million to nearly $1 Billion. This is largely because he went from the owner of 1 monopoly to partial owner of 34 different oil companies.

Photoplay Magazine (1911-1980)

1911 - The Mona Lisa didn't have nearly the fame, recognition or popularity it enjoys today until after it was stolen in 1911. Before that, it was thought of as unremarkable outside small circles of art critics

1911 - Boys' Life began publication

1912 - The survival rate of women (75%) on the Titanic was far higher than the survival rate of children (50%)

Motion Picture News Magazine (1913-1930)

1913 - Scouting began publication

1913 - Vanity Fair began publication

1917 - Forbes began publication

1919 - U.S. Air Services Magazine (1919-1956)

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