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How Elvis Helped America Eliminate Polio

The rock star’s much-publicized vaccination inspired reluctant U.S. teens to get inoculated “He is setting a fine example for the youth of the country,” said a public health official after the King of Rock 'n' Roll received a vaccine on the set of “The Ed Sullivan Show” in October 1956. (Photo by Seymour Wally / NY... Continue Reading →

Want to put your history knowledge to the test?

Try your hand at hundreds of questions which range across your favourite historical topics and eras… Our featured quizzes 57 history questions for your home pub quiz (updated) History quiz: how much do you know about Tudor Queen Elizabeth I? From The Crown to Queen Elizabeth’s corgis: 24 history questions about the royal family for your home... Continue Reading →

The Berners Street Hoax

On 27 November 1809, a bet between two friends brought a large part of London to a standstill. At around 5am there was a knock on the door of 54 Berners Street, an unassuming house just north of Oxford Street, London. It was a chimney sweep, who claimed he had been called to the address. The... Continue Reading →

Pope says sorry for crusaders’ rampage in 1204

The Pope delivered an emotional apology to Orthodox Christians yesterday for the Catholic plundering of Constantinople eight centuries ago, saying it caused him "pain and disgust". He made his comments during a visit to the Vatican by Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the head of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. The... Continue Reading →

The History of Knowledge

An increasingly powerful state was made possible by the creation of archival networks. Archives and Information in the Early Modern World makes a valuable addition to the growing literature on this topic. Sixteen scholars have contributed to this volume, which concentrates on early modern Europe, but includes chapters on the Spanish Empire and ‘the East Asian... Continue Reading →

323, June 13th… Alexander the Great dies

Alexander the Great, the young Macedonian military genius who forged an empire stretching from the eastern Mediterranean to India, dies in Babylon, in present-day Iraq, at the age of 33. Born in Macedonia to King Phillip II and Queen Olympias, Alexander received a classical education from famed philosopher Aristotle and a military education from his father. At the age... Continue Reading →

Anne Frank receives a diary

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later, she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father’s office.  For two years, the Franks and four other families hid, fed and cared for by Gentile friends.... Continue Reading →

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