The Great Manure Crisis of 1894

There is a panic for every generation. In the many centuries before cars would clog up the streets of New York and other cities, there were horses and horse carriages. Naturally, all of these horses had to “go” and therefore left small messy piles of manure.

The first assassination via firearm

James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray (1531– 1570) was regent of Scotland. In 1570 he was in the Scottish city of Linlithgow, when a man -who hated Stewart with passion, decided to make use of brand new technology: the firearm.

Jane Digby: Lover of Kings, Sheiks and Generals

Jane Digby (1807– 1881) was an English lady who lived a life straight out of a romantic novel. In her day, she was famous for being the wife and mistress of some of the most influential men of her time.

White slaves in Africa

Starting around the 1600s, many governments in North Africa allowed their people to raid and capture slaves from Europe. Pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa would set sail to Britain, Spain and parts of modern-day Italy and hunt for slaves.