History of French Franc

6-century history of French franc ending on last day to change former money to euros http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/71659–6-century-history-of-french-franc-ending-on-last-day-to-change-former-money-to-euros PARIS – Six centuries after the first one was minted and a decade after they went out of circulation, the last French francs are being exchanged for euros, severing France’s final link to its former national currency. However, the […]

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Jesus’s Tomb

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 Jesus ‘Tomb’ Controversy Reopened By Tim McGirk/Jerusalem When the Discovery Channel aired a TV documentary last year raising the possibility that archeologists had found the family tomb of Jesus Christ in the hills behind Jerusalem, it caused a huge backlash among Christians. The claim, after all, challenged one of the cornerstones […]

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History of Valentine’s Day

The Seedy, Scandalous History of Valentine’s Day  http://news.discovery.com/history/history-valentines-day-121302.html By Rossella Lorenzi | Mon Feb 13, 2012 04:26 PM ET Forget roses, chocolates and candlelight dinners. On Valentine’s Day, that’s rather boring stuff — at least according to ancient Roman standards. Imagine half-naked men running through the streets, whipping young women with bloodied thongs made from […]

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Galileo Roman Inquisition

Feb 13, 1633: Galileo in Rome for Inquisition  On this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to […]

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Early Humans in Australia

John S. Dykes The ‘beachcomber express’ may have carried our African ancestors to the Indian Ocean and beyond. Did Early Humans Ride the Waves to Australia? By MATT RIDLEY http://online.wsj.com/article Everybody is African in origin. Barring a smattering of genes from Neanderthals and other archaic Asian forms, all our ancestors lived in the continent of […]

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