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Naturally magnetic lodestones were found in an area of Greece called Magnesia and by the 1100s, lodestones were used for navigation. In 1269, Petus de Maricourt discovered that magnets have two poles.


Originally settled by Polynesians during the first millennium, Hawaii organized itself into a native kingdom before the United States annexed it in 1900. Hawaii was a flash point for World War II after the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval port at Pearl Harbor in 1940.


Some historical facts about American Indians are the term "Indian" originated with Christopher Columbus, they have appeared on many U.S. coins, and many were killed when Europeans brought over diseases to which they had no resistance. The last major battle against U.S. ...


The Maya were one of the major early civilizations of Mesoamerica, and created a thriving civilization from around A.D. 250 to 900 that covered modern-day Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula. The civilization was formed from around 60 separate kingdoms. These ki...


Native Americans originally named Boston "Shawmut." In 1630, colonists changed the name to Boston after Boston, England, the hometown of several prominent colonists. The Boston area remains home to Harvard, the first college established in North America.


As a historic trend, prices on various goods including food and other items have risen steadily throughout history. For example, in January 1913, potatoes cost two cents a pound, eggs cost about 37 cents a dozen and pork chops cost about 19 cents per dozen; as of Januar...


Some historical facts about the government in Illinois are that the state adopted a new constitution in 1970 and that Illinois elected Carol Moseley Braun to the U.S. Senate in 1992. The federal Judicial District for Northern Illinois reports more judicial corruption th...