Facts about world

Facts about world

 

  1. Ancient India was also the birthplace of what are now two of the world’s major religions Hinduism and Buddhism.
  2. 90% of Japanese torpedoes struck a US ship during the Pearl Harbor attack.
  3. 1 million people are estimated to have died in the months following the Partition of India.
  4. In the year 1821 Spain accepted the independence of Mexico.
  5. France and Britain had already been fighting each other for two years before the main war began in Europe in 1756.
  6. The end of French power in India marked the rise of British influence in India, which lasted for nearly 200 years.
  7. c.160,000 The number of criminals that were sent to Australia between 1788 and 1850.
  8. In the mid-19th century, French scientist Louis Pasteur showed that bacteria cause disease.
  9. The first-ever battle between ironclads was fought in the Civil War in 1862, on the James River estuary in Virginia.
  10. 13 million bison roamed the Great Plains in 1840. By 1885, only 200 were left.
  11. February 1907 Japan agreed to restrict its people from leaving to settle in the US, amid fears in California that Japanese arrivals were taking jobs from US workers.
  12. 1927 The year The Jazz Singer, the first movie with sound, appeared in US cinemas.
  13. c.70,000 workers built the emperor’s tomb.
  14. At the beginning of the Warring States period (475–221 bce), China was divided into many small kingdoms, which were constantly at war.
  15. The Roman language, called Latin, formed the basis for many modern European languages.
  16. 1 million vote or hold office in ancient Rome. There were at least this many people living in the city of Rome by the 1st century ce.
  17. No women, even the free born, could 1 million vote or hold office in ancient Rome.
  18. By the end of the 1st century ce, the city of Rome was filled with palaces, temples, theatres, public baths, monuments, and amphitheatres.
  19. 165,000 The number of legionaries in the Roman army in 117 ce.
  20. 375,000 The total number of soldiers in the Roman army in 117 ce.
  21. 1 million The population of the city of Rome in 1 ce.
  22. People in Germanic society had a value in gold known as weregild based on their social status. If they were killed or injured, their family would receive payment from the attacker.
  23. At the start of the 8th century, Muslim people known as Moors invaded modern-day Spain and Portugal.
  24. 30 The number of years it took to build Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
  25. In 395 ce, the Roman Empire was divided in two.
  26. From the end of the 12th century to the beginning of the 17th century, Japan experienced a turbulent period of civil war, power struggles, and foreign intervention.
  27. 870 The year Iceland was discovered by a Viking who set sail from Norway.
  28. 841 The year Viking explorers first settled in Dublin, Ireland.
  29. The word “knight” comes from an Old English word meaning “servant”.
  30. 3,000 The number of knights that attended the largest tournament, at Lagny-sur-Marne, France, in 1179.
  31. 50 million people were living in North America by the late 1400s.
  32. Zimbabwe means “houses of stone” in the Shona language.
  33. 100,000 The population of Timbuktu, capital of the Mali Empire, in 1500.
  34. 1 million The approximate number of stones used to build the Great Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe.
  35. Statues on Easter Island once had eyes made from coral and a volcanic glass known as obsidian.
  36. 12 million people were living in the Inca Empire during the 15th century.
  37. In 2014, a porcelain vase from the c.27,800 Ming Dynasty sold for $21.6 million.
  38. The Mughal Dynasty ruled India from 1526 to 1857 under 18 emperors.
  39. In 1628 English physician William Harvey proved that the heart pumps blood around the body.
  40. In year 1687 Isaac Newton was the first scientist to explain how the movement of the planets is governed by gravity (an invisible force that pulls all matter together).
  41. Galileo built a telescope that allowed him to see further than previous models had and in 1609, he demonstrated his device to the ruler of Venice, who helped to fund Galileo’s research. Here, he is shown standing to the right of his telescope.
  42. When the first Europeans arrived in North America in the 16th century, the land was inhabited by groups of Native American farmers.
  43. French explorer Samuel Champlain founded Qu├ębec on the St. Lawrence River in modern-day Canada. It became the capital of New France, which included all French colonial territory in North America.
  44. In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands) became one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
  45. 1868 The year the city of Edo was renamed Tokyo.
  46. In Poland, about 5.5 million people died during 22 the war – one-sixth of the country’s population.

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