The pope and coffee

The origins of coffee are in Ethiopia around the 10th century. It then spread to the Middle East and then reached Europe in the 1500s, where it was considered a drink of the “infidels or heathens”.

The Russian Famine of 1601-1603

In 1601 through 1603, Russia experienced one of the worst famines imaginable. Around 2 million people, which was at the time over two thirds of the population,  starved to death.

Prague’s odd tradition of defenestration

In 1419, the city of Prague (situated in the modern day Czech Republic) was a powder keg. The Hussite priest Jan Želivský led a few men to the town hall to ask the for the release of some prisoners.