Category: History

  • Translation: ‘In which year were the first Olympic Games held (ancient)’

    Translation: ‘In which year were the first Olympic Games held (ancient)’

    Looking for the answer to the question of when the first Olympic Games took place, we come across information about ancient Olympia. The first Games were held in this Greek town. The name “Olympic Games” also derives from its name. The first documented Olympic Games took place in 776 BC (before our era). Interestingly, in…

  • ‘When did the first modern Olympics take place?’

    ‘When did the first modern Olympics take place?’

    Yesterday we were looking for the answer to the question of when the first ancient Olympic Games took place. Today, we will address the issue of the first modern Olympics, which are much closer to our times and the tradition of organizing which continues to this day. The first modern Olympic Games took place in…

  • When do we celebrate International Women’s Day?

    When do we celebrate International Women’s Day?

    International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th. It was established in 1910 in Copenhagen by the International Socialist Women’s Conference, but at that time it was held on March 19th – the date was changed in 1921 to the one that is still in effect today. This day was intended to promote…

  • ‘How many wives did Henry VIII have?’

    ‘How many wives did Henry VIII have?’

    Henry VIII Tudor was the King of England from 1509-1547. The ruler was known as an intolerant man, whose main desire was to have a male heir. This is what led to the split from the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Anglican Church, of which Henry VIII named himself the head. The…

  • “Labour Day May 1st – What holiday is this?”

    “Labour Day May 1st – What holiday is this?”

    Every year on May 1st, we celebrate Labor Day, also known as International Workers’ Day. Where did the tradition of this holiday, which has been observed since 1890, come from? In Poland, Labor Day has also been celebrated since 1890 and has been a national holiday since 1950. Is May 1st Labor Day a day…

  • What was the Iron Lady called?

    What was the Iron Lady called?

    Who was called the Iron Lady and why? We have checked this information in various historical sources and below we publish the answer. Who was called the Iron Lady? Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister who held office from 1979 to 1990, was given the nickname “Iron Lady” or in English, “Iron Lady.” This nickname…

  • What was the name of the first President of Poland (II Republic)?

    What was the name of the first President of Poland (II Republic)?

    What was the name of the first President of Poland (the Second Polish Republic)? This question is often asked during knowledge tests in school. However, the knowledge on this topic is so basic that every Polish adult should possess it. What was the name of the first President of Poland (the Second Polish Republic)? The…

  • What was the first name of New York?

    What was the first name of New York?

    What was the first name of New York? The well-known American city initially had a different name, which was later changed to its current one. In 1614, a trading center was established in present-day Manhattan, which was called “New Amsterdam”. This name was in use until 1664. At that time, control over the territory of…

  • “Did the Vikings reach America?”

    “Did the Vikings reach America?”

    Vikings not only reached America, but we also have compelling archaeological (and written) evidence that they settled there. In the 10th century, several hundred years before Columbus, the first settlers sailed from Iceland to Greenland, where they established a series of settlements. These survived until the 15th century, when a colder climate made life on…

  • Fall of the Roman Empire – In which year?

    Fall of the Roman Empire – In which year?

    In which year did the fall of the great Roman Empire take place? It is one of the most important dates in history. In which year did the Roman Empire fall? The Roman Empire fell in the year 476 AD when the emperor Romulus Augustus was overthrown by the leader Odoacer. However, it is worth…

  • ‘Who Discovered the Sea Route to India?’

    ‘Who Discovered the Sea Route to India?’

    The sea route to India was discovered by the Portuguese in the late 15th century. This was a result of expeditions organized along the western coast of Africa since the beginning of the century. Finally, in the years 1497-1499, an expedition led by Vasco de Gama circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope and reached Calicut…

  • Did lions live in Europe?

    Did lions live in Europe?

    In prehistoric times, the cave lion (Panthera leo spelea) was a widespread species throughout Europe, including the territory of present-day Poland. This largest cat to have ever lived on Earth, which was very dangerous to early humans, became extinct around 10,000 years ago with the last ice age. However, in historical times, a predecessor of…

  • Did Mulan from the Disney fairytale really exist?

    Did Mulan from the Disney fairytale really exist?

    Hua Mulan is a character from a Chinese legend, recorded during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in the form of the “Ballad of Mulan,” although it had been circulating orally long before that. This ballad tells the story of an aging man who, despite his frailty, is called to serve in the army. In response,…

  • ‘What was the first Egyptian plague?’

    ‘What was the first Egyptian plague?’

    Ten plik jest pomocny: . Dziesięć plag egipskich to wydarzenie znane z Biblii, ze Starego Testamentu. Zostało ono opisane w Księdze Wyjścia. Plagi zostały sprowadzone na Egipt przez Boga Jahwe, aby skłonić faraona do zgody na opuszczenie Egiptu przez Izraelitów. Pierwszą plagą egipską było zamienienie wody w Nilu w krew ludzką: „Aaron podniósł laskę i…

  • “Who Invented the Light Bulb First? It Wasn’t Thomas Edison at All”

    Today it is difficult for us to imagine life without light bulbs and electricity in general. Just 150 years ago, people were dependent on daylight and could only function in the faint light of candles when darkness fell. Thomas Edison, the man with 1000 patents In school, we are usually taught that Thomas Edison was…

  • ‘Who discovered Australia?’

    ‘Who discovered Australia?’

    The famous British explorer James Cook is commonly regarded as the discoverer of Australia, but this is not true. Cook did contribute significantly to the spread of knowledge about the islands of Oceania, particularly New Zealand, and his time marked the beginning of systematic colonization of this part of the world. However, Australia itself was…

  • ‘Viking Leader – a 4-letter word’

    ‘Viking Leader – a 4-letter word’

    “Viking chieftain” is a very popular clue needed to solve a crossword puzzle. The answer has 4 letters. What is the answer? The answer is “JARL”. Jarl is a medieval title given to the rulers of the Vikings in Scandinavia.

  • Decade – how many years is it?

    Decade – how many years is it?

    One decade, how many years is that? This question is often asked in history books as well as in various game shows and quizzes. Let’s clarify. How many years is a decade? It is worth noting that the word “decade” has the prefix “deka” at the beginning. This is a word derived from Greek and…

  • Who invented dynamite?

    Who invented dynamite?

    Do you know who invented dynamite? The answer to this question may surprise you. Today Alfred Nobel is mainly known as the founder of the prize in his name, but we must remember that he was also an exceptional scientist and engineer. It is thanks to the imagination of the Swedish inventor that dynamite was…

  • “Where did Santa Claus come from?”

    “Where did Santa Claus come from?”

    In modern times, the image of St. Nicholas has become a permanent element of pop culture. It is hard to imagine the winter months without the image of a sympathetic bearded man in a red suit. Although St. Nicholas is usually depicted in a snowy landscape, he actually came from much warmer regions. Where did…

  • ‘Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?’

    ‘Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?’

    In some homes, Christmas trees are decorated on St. Nicholas Day, while in others, it is done on Christmas morning. It also happens that for some families, it doesn’t really matter which day in December the ornaments hang on the tree. Decorating a Christmas tree is considered one of the most popular Polish traditions. Have…

  • How many atomic bombs would destroy the Earth?

    How many atomic bombs would destroy the Earth?

    The debate over how many atomic bombs would destroy the earth has been ongoing since the famous Manhattan Project (1942-1945), whose goal was to obtain nuclear energy for the production of a new type of weapon, ultimately used with devastating effect in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. However, since then,…

  • “Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?”

    “Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?”

    Currently, mistletoe is considered one of the most important Christmas decorations. But have you ever wondered where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from? What is mistletoe? Mistletoe is a shrub belonging to the sandalwood family. It is a semi-parasitic plant that thrives on trees. In the Polish tradition, mistletoe has many colloquial…

  • “Who invented Santa Claus? Was it Coca-Cola?”

    “Who invented Santa Claus? Was it Coca-Cola?”

    One of the most well-known controversies surrounding Christmas is the origin of the image of Santa Claus. Many people believe that the plump, rosy-cheeked old man with a white beard in a red and white costume was invented by Coca-Cola over 100 years ago. Was this really the case? The historical St. Nicholas and the…