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Started by Yammoto on Mar 5, 2014 10:02:54 AM
Historical factoids that make you go "wow"..

I came across this tale the other day..

John James Hughes (1814 – June 1889)[1] was a Welsh engineer, businessman and founder of a city in Ukraine...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hughes_(business
man)


Discuss your favourite oddities here..

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sugarsnappeas - 12 Mar 2014 05:01:52 (#1 of 296)

I don't know about being an oddity, but whoever figured out how to get us out of the Stone Age by alloying Copper with Tin, must rank pretty high in terms of importance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Age

harryhaller02 - 12 Mar 2014 05:24:20 (#2 of 296)

How many know that the Flemish were sent to colonise Wales?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/legacies/immig_emig/wales/w_s
w/article_1.shtml

urbanspacemonkey - 12 Mar 2014 08:16:54 (#3 of 296)

Flemings were all over England and Wales after the Norman conquest, plenty were invited to to Scotland too - clever buggers apparently.

urbanspacemonkey - 12 Mar 2014 08:20:42 (#4 of 296)

The town of Hughesovka was renamed first to Stalino, in 1924

a bit mean of Stalin to steal his thunder, he already had Stalingrad

Yammoto - 12 Mar 2014 09:22:59 (#5 of 296)

Harry- wen t to a fascinating little musuem in Havafjordvest a few years back- told the tale of how the Flemish were brought over by the Normans to build the town..and a ring of Norman forts across the peninsular to protect them.

The town does have a very continental feel to it.

cozzer - 16 Mar 2014 22:26:44 (#6 of 296)

whoever figured out how to get us out of the Stone Age by alloying Copper with Tin



One of the things that makes me go 'wow' is that copper from the Great Orme mine in Llandudno has been found as far afield as Turkey. It amazes me that people were trading that far afield that early in history. Also, the museum of London has a hand axe from Penmaenmawr.

balkanwise - 16 Mar 2014 22:45:45 (#7 of 296)

and obsidian rock from the greek island of melos is found beyond the black sea,and that was by definition a trade too early,obsidian was a rock used for knives etc

predicated - 16 Mar 2014 22:51:23 (#8 of 296)

The Deceangli of present day north east Wales (here!) must have been early uptakers of bronze manufacture, tin and copper (and gold and lead) mining go back to pre-historic times here.

JHobson - 19 Mar 2014 15:06:40 (#9 of 296)

Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, was invited by his father to accompany him to the performance of Our American Cousin on that fateful night at Ford's Theater. Robert begged off.

In 1881, Lincoln was Secretary of War under James Garfield. Garfield was leaving Washington on business, and sent a message to Lincoln to meet him at the railway station because he wanted to discuss something before he left. While the two men were talking, Charles Guiteau shot and mortally wounded Garfield. Garfield collapsed into Lincoln's arms.

In 1901, William McKinley was visiting Buffalo, New York for the Pan American Exposition. He invited Lincoln to attend with him. At the Exposition, Leon Czolgosz shot and killed McKinley. Lincoln was about a hundred metres away.

So, in Robert Todd Lincoln's lifetime, three US Presidents were assassinated, and each one had personally asked Lincoln to be present at the event where the assassination took place.

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Sabacious - 19 Mar 2014 15:19:35 (#11 of 296)

The Jewel House gives a fascinating insight into Flemish influence in 16th century London and all manner of other things:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/dec/20/jewel-house-science-review

LittleMissMuffet - 19 Mar 2014 15:21:25 (#12 of 296)

This made me go 'wow' - how Europe has changed over the last 1000 years...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=14d_1348362692

milhouse - 19 Mar 2014 15:22:25 (#13 of 296)

Oxford University was founded before the Aztec Civilization started.

Brunothecat - 19 Mar 2014 15:24:41 (#14 of 296)

I bet the Aztecs never had a Bullingdon Club either.

gordonthemoron - 19 Mar 2014 15:25:40 (#15 of 296)

or Unseen University as it was then known

milhouse - 19 Mar 2014 15:25:50 (#16 of 296)

They did have human sacrifice. If only those two could be combined somehow.

Brunothecat - 19 Mar 2014 15:30:14 (#17 of 296)

Good thinking.

balkanwise - 19 Mar 2014 16:46:07 (#18 of 296)

they have abandoned human sacrifice at oxford?

FestinaLente - 19 Mar 2014 17:48:38 (#19 of 296)

in Robert Todd Lincoln's lifetime, three US Presidents were assassinated, and each one had personally asked Lincoln to be present at the event where the assassination took place.

Personally I'd have been suspicious. RTL was a real bastard.

Amnesia - 19 Mar 2014 18:01:09 (#20 of 296)

The birds singing outside my office window are basically mini dinosaurs.

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