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A Brief History On January 11, 532, the seeds of a riot broke out in the capital of the Byzantine Empire (spawn of the Eastern Roman Empire), Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) over competing support of chariot racing teams.  Not your typical few hours of drunken revelry, the Nika Riots went on for a week and resulted in half the city being burned down!  While we consider a modern sports related riot that results in a fatality to be a tragedy, the Nika Riots resulted in an estimated 30,000 rioters killed, making it the worst sports related riot in history.  Today…

A Brief History On December 30, 2018, we at History and Headlines take a moment to remember some of the notable people that died this year.  (Yes, we know there is an entire day left in the year, so we will update the article to include any last minute deaths of note.)  As always, we invite you, the reader, to nominate any other worthy people that died in 2018 that we neglected to mention, especially as we are not trying to name every single person of minimal celebrity that died.  If you choose to mention a person that died, please…

A Brief History On December 8, 2018, we take a look at some of the really nifty air powered weapons available for adults and kids, usually called “BB Guns” in a generic sort of way, but in these modern times so much more than that name implies.  For one thing, air (or other gas) powered rifles and pistols do not always shoot little round metal BB’s (.177 of an inch in caliber) at moderate velocities like the BB guns of the past.  Some of these air guns are high powered weapons capable of launching large caliber (.22 to .50 caliber…

A Brief History On November 26, 2018, we once again revisit a subject we have covered twice before (“Dear Santa I Want a Gun for Christmas,” and “Dear Santa I Want a Gun for Christmas, Redux.”).  With so many guns and so little time, anyone interested in history, especially the history of warfare, interested in hunting, interested in competitive shooting, interested in gun collecting, and of course, anyone interested in self-defense would be interested in receiving just the particular firearm they may want for Christmas.  Today we list some of our selections for this year. Questions for Students (and others):…

A Brief History On October 25, 1999, American golfing professional Payne Stewart was on a Learjet chartered to fly from Florida to Texas, when the jet apparently lost pressurization (air rapidly leaked out of the plane) causing all on board, including the pilots, to pass out. Or the jet failed to ever properly pressurize in the first place. The pilot-less jet continued on a 1500 mile flight with no one on board regaining consciousness.  When the jet ran out of fuel over South Dakota, it fell uncontrolled out of the sky and crashed.  All aboard the Learjet were dead, probably…

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