A Brief History    On April 20, 1818, accused British murderer Abraham Thornton was set free after his accuser refused to fight him in a “trial by combat.”  Digging Deeper Thornton had walked a girl home from a dance, and the next day the girl was found drowned in a pit.  Thornton was charged with murder but was acquitted at trial.  This is where things begin to get a bit different from the American idea of due process.  As was his right based on an archaic English law, the brother of the dead girl, however, insisted that Thornton be retried.   Thornton, however, invoked another medieval English law…

A Brief History On April 17, 2015, Universal Pictures releases Unfriended (previously known as Cybernatural and before that as Offline) to theaters in the United States of America.  The film tells the story of the paranormal aftermath of when a high school student named Laura Barns committed suicide due to ridicule received over an embarrassing video of her passed out at a party, but did this incident really happen? Digging Deeper An initial search of the internet might suggest that the incident actually occurred.  The embarrassing video of drunk Laura was posted on Youtube here, but “has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s…

A Brief History    On April 13, 1997, 21-year-old Tiger Woods won his first Masters golf tournament, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.  Not only that, but he won by a crushing 12 strokes and seemed already well on his way to becoming the greatest golfer of all time.  Newsflash: On April 12, 2015, Jordan Spieth was crowned the second youngest Masters winner of all time after Tiger Woods! Digging Deeper If one regards victories in the 4 major gold tournaments (Masters, British Open, U.S. Open and PGA Championship) as the  measuring stick, however, then it is Jack Nicklaus, with his…

A Brief History Extra! Extra! Read all about it! 2 Deaths linked to Superbug! Comet Lovejoy visible over United States! Digging Deeper Headlines, articles, newspapers, magazines, books, journals, letters, texts, emails and blogs, we are bombarded with information. Our world society values the exchange of ideas, facts, fictions, beliefs and questions. Welcome to the information age. The exchange of information is important in our global society. Most people have access to a device that can singlehandedly access most of all recorded human information in seconds. A byproduct of information is the distribution of knowledge. Knowledge, by its nature, requires reflection…

A Brief History I would like to take this opportunity to explain a little bit about this site! This site features history-related and sometimes bizarre articles and lists and current and otherwise entertaining headlines and topics for your amusement and education. The site began in 2013 as a spin-off of TopTenz with Dr. Zar working as the site’s main writer.  Gradually, Dr. Zar’s dad (Major Dan) replaced Dr. Zar as the site’s main writer and Beth Michaels joined first as a writer and then served as the site’s editor.  In 2015, the site’s original owner transferred ownership of the site…

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