Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ancient Seven Wonders of the World Fact 29

At the time the Gardens were built Babylon was enjoying its second stint as the largest city in the world (612 BC to 300 BC). It may have been the first city to reach the 200,000 population mark.

Ancient Seven Wonders page

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Knights Templar Fact 29

The 15th Grand Master Pedro (aka Pierre) de Montaigu is believed to have been the brother of Guerin de Montaigu who was the 13th Grand Master of the Hospitaller Knights. Pedro led the Templars 1218 to 1232 while Guerin led the Hospitallers 1207 to 1228. The relationship between the two orders was said to have been close during that time.

Knights Templar page

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Viking Fact 29

Vikings started to raid the north and west coasts of Ireland in 795 AD. By 840 AD they had moved inland along the major river systems where they built fortified bases from which the launched their plundering missions. Their primary targets were the monasteries which ironically factored into the Vikings in Ireland adopting Christianity by the end of the 10th century.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

American Civil War Fact 29

The Civil War cost the Federal Government $6.19 billion or $146 billion in today's dollars. $3.5 million a day was being spent by the North as the war closed to an end. The South suffered $10 billion in property damage.

American Civil War page

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ancient Egypt Fact Twenty Nine

The Ancient Egyptians are the first known people that learned to make glass. Around 1500 BC they started to craft jars and beads from the molten sand although they had been using glass as part of the glaze in their pottery since 8000 BC. 

Ancient Egypt page

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pirate Fact Twenty Nine

Edward Teach AKA Blackbeard enhanced his fearsome image during battle by twisting fuses into his beard and lighting them. That created smoke around his face which made him even more terrifying to his opponents.

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