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May 2016

Italy busts gang ‘smuggling looted archaeological treasures’


Police arrested two alleged gang members and seized hundreds of looted treasures from the ancient Greek and Roman eras during the operation. Continue reading “Italy busts gang ‘smuggling looted archaeological treasures’”

1770 – Marie Antoinette marries

16 May

A 14-year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France. Continue reading “1770 – Marie Antoinette marries”

1648 – The Treaty of Westphalia is signed

15 May

This was a series of peace treaties signed between May and October 1648 in the Westphalian cities of Osnabrück and Münster. These treaties ended the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) in the Holy Roman Empire, and the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648) between Spain and the Dutch Republic, with Spain formally recognizing the independence of the Dutch Republic. Continue reading “1648 – The Treaty of Westphalia is signed”

Potential Site for Viking ‘Thing’ discovered

Archaeologists believe that they have identified one of the Norse ‘Thing’ sites on the island Bute.

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1943 Leonard Siffleet beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier

Leonard Siffleet was an Australian Special Forces radio operator, sent on mission to Papua New Guinea to establish a coastwatching station. Continue reading “1943 Leonard Siffleet beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier”

15 Year Old Discovers Lost Mayan City

Inquisitive teen William Gadoury, has a deep fascination with ancient Maya, analysed 22 Mayan constellations and realised that the Mayans aligned their 117 cities with the positions of the stars.

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AD 210– Claudius Gothicus is born

May 10 – The future emperor Claudius II (Marcus Aurelius Valerius Claudius Augustus) more commonly known as Claudius Gothicus was born on this day A.D. 210.

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1824 – The National Gallery

10 May

The National Gallery in London opens to the public on this day in 1824.

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Mycenaean Tombs discovered in the region of Argolis

Tombs dated to the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC) have been uncovered near the town of Kiveri.

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May 8th, 1886 – 130 years of Coca – Cola

On May 8th 1886 Coca – Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr John Stith Pemberton made a syrup which was then carbonated with water. The drink was trialed at a local pharmacy and sold as a soda fountain drink for 5 cents a glass.

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The origin of the Olympic flame 776BC

First settled around 3000BC the sacred ground of Olympia on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, is believed to have become the stage for the first Ancient Olympic Games in 776BC.

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612 A.D. Constantine III is Born

3 May – Constantine III born Heraclius Novus Constantinus a future Byzantine Emperor was born on this day in 612 A.D.

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1918 – General Motors acquires Chevrolet

2 May

General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware as part of a reverse merger on this day in 1918. Continue reading “1918 – General Motors acquires Chevrolet”

1885 – Battle of Cut Knife

2 May

Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.

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