These are the people described as Lenin’s inner circle. Four out of thirteen definitely were killed, and two more died of “unknown” causes.

A Gold Inca Beaker from the Urubamba Valley

  Doesn't the man seem to have a strong expression about...something? Peru, circa 1475–1525 CE. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Women's navels were banned on American TV from 1951 to 1983. Every episode of ever TV show was checked for compliance with the United States Code of Practices for Television Broadcasters -- including for whether a female-appearing navel was ever visible.

Two Women At The Market In La Paz, 1909

The accompanying story, by writer and photographer Harriet Chalmers Adams, declared "If La Paz is a peacock, the market place is its tail."

A General's Trunk Bed, Late 1700s

Not just any general, either, but the hero of the American Revolution: George Washington. He likely used this particular bed when he traveled from his Newburgh, New York, headquarters in July 1783 -- as the war was winding down -- to tour upstate New York and the military installations located there.

The earliest known telephone technology is older than you probably think: 1,200 years old! It was a device of created by two hollowed-out gourds, connected by 75 feed of twine.This highly developed culture was centered in the Río Moche Valley in northern Peru, between the Pacific Ocean and the western Andes. They are known for their metalworking, artistry, and highly sophisticated hydraulic canal-irrigation system. And perhaps they should also be known as the inventor of the telephone. The one known example of this technology is today housed by the Smithsonian Museum in the United States.

Dense Network of Amazonian Villages Found with Laser Scanning

Laser scanning technology successfully peered through the Amazon rain forest’s thick canopy to reveal the footprint of a complex network of ancient villages in southeastern Brazil. Dwellings in these little-known settlements, which date to between 1300 and 1700 CE, were built atop raised mounds of earth arranged in a uniform circular pattern around a central plaza. Rather like clock faces according to researchers.

The scans also showed that the villages were connected via an organized system of roads. Most villages had two roads leading away to the north, and two leading away to the south. The roads also varied with some being smaller and sunken into the ground, others larger and protected on the sides by banks.

In total the archaeologists studied some 36 villages. The area appeared densely populated with some villages as little as 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) apart.

Although it originated in the Americas, some (Western) scholars in the 1800s claimed corn is an Old World crop. Some went so far as to falsify documents that claimed to be pre-contact references to corn by Europeans. As you can guess their attempts did not work.

The Colored Hockey League was the first organized in 1895. Between 1895 and the early 1930s, all-Black ice hockey teams on Canada's eastern seaboard played for mixed audiences as they challenged each other and vied to win the Colored Hockey Championship. The Colored Hockey League pre-dates the National Hockey League by 20 years, and also pre-dates the more famous Negro Baseball League of the United States.

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    By Lillian Audette

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