History for the Rest of Us

Genseric the Vandal

Genseric the Vandal

Aug 31, 2012

KING FROM 427-477 A.D. The Vandals were another wild and fierce tribe that came from the shores of the Baltic and invaded central and southern Europe in the later times of the Roman Empire. In the fifth century some of these people occupied a region in the south of Spain. One of their most celebrated kings was…Genseric. He became king in 427, when he was...

Caligula – Caius Caesar

Caligula – Caius Caesar

Aug 31, 2012

Excerpts from The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Appearance He was tall, of a pale complexion, ill-shaped, his neck and legs very slender, his eyes and temples hollow, his brows broad and knit, his hair thin, and the crown of the head bald. The other parts of his body were much covered with hair. On this account, it was reckoned a capital crime for any person to...

I Have A Dream – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have A Dream – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aug 29, 2012

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, calling for racial equality and an end to discrimination. One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement, the speech was named the top political speech of the 20th century by a group of 137 leading scholars of American public address. The speeches were...

Pepsi-Cola Invented

Pepsi-Cola Invented

Aug 28, 2012

On August 28, 1898, Caleb Davis Bradham (a drug store owner in New Bern, North Carolina) invented a recipe which he initially called ‘Brad’s Drink’. The drink was a blend of carbonated water, sugar, kola nut extract, vanilla, and ‘rare oils’. Bradham believed his beverage aided digestion like pepsin enzyme does, and so he...

Queen Christina of Sweden and the Marquis Monaldeschi

Queen Christina of Sweden and the Marquis Monaldeschi

Aug 27, 2012

Sweden to-day is one of the peaceful kingdoms of the world, whose people are prosperous, well governed, and somewhat apart from the clash and turmoil of other states and nations. Even the secession of Norway…was accomplished without bloodshed, and now the two kingdoms exist side by side as free from strife as they are with Denmark, which once domineered...