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Francis Drake

Francis Drake

Francis Drake was one of the most famous men of his age, having won royal favor, and amassed a fortune from preying on Spanish ships and ports. Born in Devonshire, England, he was the son of a tenant farmer and lay preacher who instilled in his family an abiding hatred of Roman Catholicism and Spain.

The cervical rib of woolly mammoths hints at the reason for their extinction

The cervical rib of woolly mammoths hints at the reason for their extinction

A pair of Dutch researchers has found a surprising anomaly in the fossil remains of woolly mammoths. Analyzing the bones of this extinct species, they have discovered that around a third of them had a cervical rib, that is, in the neck. And many of them had two of these ribs.

This Day In History: 01/10/1901 - Start of US Oil Industry

This Day In History: 01/10/1901 - Start of US Oil Industry

Thomas Paine& 39;s pamphlet, Common Sense is published, the first subway is opened, the U.S. oil industry begins with the gusher at Spindletop Hill and the largest corporate buyout are all outlined in This Day in History. The day is January 10. It took nine days to get the gusher under control and it tripled U.

Soviet master spy is hanged by the Japanese

Soviet master spy is hanged by the Japanese

On November 7, 1944, Richard Sorge, a half-Russian, half-German Soviet spy, who had used the cover of a German journalist to report on Germany and Japan for the Soviet Union, is hanged by his Japanese captors.Sorge fought in World War I in the German army, and then earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Hamburg.

Napoleon Bonaparte hat up for auction

Napoleon Bonaparte hat up for auction

Yesterday, November 16, a South Korean collector paid € 1,884,000 for a bicorn hat that belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte at an auction held at the Osenat sales house, one of the 19 Napoléon credited bicorns across the world. world, according to the auction house, and was part of the collection of the palace of the Prince of Monaco.

A Tour of Lesser-Known Presidential Inaugural Sites

A Tour of Lesser-Known Presidential Inaugural Sites

1. Federal Hall, New York City Six years after he bade farewell to his fellow Continental Army officers in New York City, George Washington returned to America’s newly minted capital for the first inauguration. On April 30, 1789, 10,000 people shoehorned into Wall and Broad streets to watch Washington take the presidential oath on the balcony of Federal Hall.