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A Brief History On an unknown date around 638 BC one of the greatest of the Ancient Greeks was born in Athens into a modestly wealthy family of the noble class.   A Renaissance Man before there was such a thing, Solon had many facets and many talents.  Engaging in commerce and in military leadership, he became known for high intelligence and persuasive debate. Digging Deeper Eventually becoming a major reformer of Athenian society, Solon is often remembered as “The Lawgiver” for his wise legislation as Chief Magistrate of Athens starting around 594 BC.  During his time as autocrat of Athens,…

A Brief History The ‘Slot machine’ was a name formerly used for all automatic vending machines and gambling devices. You can play slots today in a little more of a modern setting over at 666Casino, they have numerous fruit machine games to play. It was in the 20th century that the term was restricted to gambling. There are other terms for slot machines. These include “fruit machine” which is a term popular in Britain and one-armed bandit. Digging Deeper The First Slot Machine: Liberty Bell from Charles Fey The Liberty Bell slot machine was first invented in 1895 by a car…

A Brief History Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt. Digging Deeper If you liked this article and would like to receive notification of new articles, please feel welcome to subscribe to History and Headlines by liking us on Facebook. Your readership is much appreciated! Historical Evidence The info-graphic used in this article is taken from this site and reproduced here with permission from The Fairmont Hotel. The lead of this article is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article Ancient Egypt;…

A Brief History On an unknown date, about the mid 2nd Millennium BC, the ancient world was rocked by one of the largest volcanic eruptions and explosions in Human history. Digging Deeper The Island of Thera, also known as Santorini was populated by people of the Minoan culture, located in the Aegean Sea north of Crete.  The volcanic event was so large, that much of the island collapsed into the sea, killing virtually all inhabitants in that area and devastating nearby islands as well. This gigantic event was calculated in 1991 to have displaced over 39 cubic kilometers of dense…

A Brief History Whether you know this Greek Hero as Herakles, Heracles, or Hercules, and whether you picture him as played by Arnold Schwarzenneger or Kevin Sorbo,  this man who has come to symbolize all that is strong and heroic did not always have it so good himself. Digging Deeper Born of the God Zeus and a mortal mother, this demi-god was hated by Hera, Queen of the Gods and wife of Zeus, although at first his true identity was hidden from Hera, who nursed him as a baby.  Possessing incredible strength even then, the little Hercules sucked so hard…