Tag Archives: 19th century

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: 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: The Latin Monetary Union

In the last few decades, the idea of a currency union between several countries has become commonplace with the growth and stabilization of the European Union and the Eurozone. Currently, seventeen countries within the European Union and two outside the … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The 1876 Presidential Election

The 2000 United States presidential election contested between George Bush Jr. and Al Gore was one of the most controversial in the country’s history. Gore won the national popular vote, but the Electoral College seemed to favor Bush. In Florida, … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Shortest War

European expansion in Africa during the 19th century was often done through declaring the native societies protectorates of the European country while keeping the local rulers in charge as figureheads. The French, British, Germans, and Portuguese all used this tactic … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Samoan Civil Wars

The wave of imperialism in the 19th century affected many countries as the European great powers and later the United States and Japan conquered or intervened in local affairs of nearly every other country around the world. One area of … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Emperor Norton I

There are many tales of people who go out and seek their fortunes in the American West in the 1800s. But few are as strange or as colorful as that of Joshua Norton, Emperor of These United States and Protector … Continue reading

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