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The First “Photoshopped” Photo in History

You’d think the era of retouched pictures started in 1988 when Adobe bought a license to launch a new software called Photoshop. But this is not the case. The retouched pictures existed long before 1988 and some of them were even used to rewrite the histories of a country. Soviet leader Josef Stalin is one …

Marie Curie’s Lab Notebooks Radioactive for Another 11,000 Years

Marie Curie was an absolutely impressive woman and a scientist who opened new horizons in the field of chemistry, physics as well as in biology, and medicine. She is famously known for inventing the term ‘radioactivity’ after discovering the two elements called polonium (Po) and radium (Ra). Furthermore, Marie Curie was the first woman to …

The Land That No One Owns

Located along the border between Egypt and Sudan, Bir Tawil is the most famous unclaimed land (terra nullius status) in the world. Described in 2014 by the author Alastair Bonnet as the only place on Earth that was habitable but was not claimed by any recognized government, it has a total area of 800 sq …

Who owned the most slaves in US history?

Born in 1800, Colonel Joshua John Ward also known as “King of the rice” was a successful businessman and the 44th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, but he remained known in history as the largest slaveholder in the United States before his death in 1853. How many slaves did Joshua John Ward have? In 1850, …

How was New York originally called ?

The first European explorer in the history of New York City was the Italian Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524, but the formation of the first European settlement, called New Amsterdam, began in 1608 when Dutch colonials started purchasing the Manhattan Island that served as a trading post. When did New Amsterdam become New York? In …

Alaska: the territory that Russia sold to the United States

On October 18, 1867, one of the most interesting transactions in history took place: Russia sold the territory of Alaska to the United States. Why did Russia sell Alaska? Suffering from financial difficulties accumulated during the Crimean War and at the same time not having a good relationship with the United Kingdom, Russia realized this …

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