Category Archives: Historical Oddities

Historical Oddities: Catharism

From the early days of Christianity, the Church had to deal with all sorts of differences in belief and doctrine. Schisms in the Christian Church were quite common during the early days, and became solidified as the Catholic Church broke … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Roman Commune

The city of Rome has had a violent and turbulent history. As the center of the Roman Empire, it was always the target of coups and civil wars within the empire. After the fall of the empire, it was a … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Tulip Bubble

The Netherlands is famous for its tulip fields, but back in the 1600s the tulip flower was only a recent introduction into European gardens from the Ottoman Empire. This was during the golden age of Dutch trade dominance, and the … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Hasekura Tsunenaga

During the Age of Sail, many European merchants went on long expeditions to the East Indies to establish trade and bring back the lucrative spices that would make them rich. This resulted in a large expansion and creation of trade … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Telephone Newspaper

The radio revolutionized communication in the early 20th century, as for the first time in history there could be immediate, widespread distribution of entertainment and news into individual homes around the world. With the first commercial radio broadcast in 1920, … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Kalmykia, Russia’s Buddhist Republic

Buddhism is commonly seen as an eastern religion, mostly prevalent in Asia and without much grounding in Europe. However, there is one region in Europe that is majority Buddhist and has been for centuries. This is the Russian federal subject … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The State of Jefferson

There have been many attempts throughout the history of the United States to carve new states out of preexisting ones. However, few get very far off the ground or gain significant public support. The only successful attempts to create new … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Incitatus, the Horse Caligula Made Senator

Many Roman Emperors are now known for the more eccentric moments of their reigns than their actions as rulers. Caligula, consul and Emperor of Rome from 37 to 41 AD, is probably one of the more well known, and the … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The White Rajahs

Today the island of Borneo is divided between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, but before the arrival of European traders and up until the 19th century was controlled by various native states. The most powerful of these was the Sultanate of … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Niels and Harald Bohr

Niels Bohr is a Danish physicist and is famous for making some of the most important scientific discoveries of the early 20th century. Bohr’s most prominent discovery was the Bohr model of atomic structure. The model improved upon the Rutherfordian … Continue reading

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