Who Contributed To The Achaemenid/Persian Empire?

Each bust comes from an Achaemenid/Persian relief, which is a pretty neat way of visualizing who made up their empire, or was in contact with them.

How Did You Get Here?! (Unexpected Ways Species Travel the World)

A fun video explaining how species end up living in very distant parts of the world.

Learie Constantine was a world-class cricketeer from Trinidad before World War II. In his post-sports career he served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and he was influential in the passing of the 1965 Race Relations Act in Britain. This was the first law to address racial discrimination in the country. It specifically outlawed discrimination on the "grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins" in public places. Constantine was knighted in 1962, then given a lifetime peerage in 1969, making Constantine the United Kingdom's first black peer.

The first use of the word “petroleum” was by a German mineralogist in 1556. It comes from two Latin words: petra for "rock” or “stone,” and oleum, for “oil.” However, petroleum had been in use since ancient times. The ancient Sumerians found petroleum on the banks of the Euphrates River used it for various things including roadbuilding and waterproofing.

In the 2000 Olympics, the Greek runner Konstantinos Kenteris won gold in the 200 meter dash. This made Kenteris the first Greek athlete to win an Olympic sprinting event since Dionysius of Alexandria in 269 CE.

Origin of Stonehenge's Stones Found

We have now identified 50 of the 52 sarsen stones at Stonehenge as coming from a quarry about fifteen miles away. You probably know about the roughly 5,000-year-old Neolithic-period henge monument on England's Salisbury Plain. The new study used a combination of geochemical and statistical analyses, and a multidisciplinary team of archaeologists and geologists identified a chemical signature for the megaliths, including all 15 standing stones that form the site's iconic inner horseshoe.

Fun Fact of the Day

By the end of the English Civil War (in the 1640s to 1651) there were Mesopotamians fighting in the monarchists' army.

Depiction, by an unknown Vietnamese artist, of the French capture of the town of Hưng Hóa (in today’s Phú Thọ, Vietnam) on April 12, 1884. The taking of the town was a major victory in France’s Tonkin Campaign (1883–86) to take northern Vietnam and turn it into a French protectorate. France also created a protectorate in Annam (central Vietnam) after a nationalist uprising there in 1885.

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