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Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) He was a Venetian trader and explorer who, together with his father and uncle, was among the first Westerners who traveled the Silk Road to China.

Mosaico che rappresenta Marco Polo a Villa Hanbury, Ventimiglia, Italia

Folio 54r from a facsimile of 'Le divisament dou monde,' preserved at the University of Graz, in Germany. (View Larger)

On September the Venetian merchant traveler Marco Polo was born…[read more]

Nicolaus Otto – Ottomotor

in Nikolaus Otto was born, who invented the internal combustion engine

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On May the First Fleet under Captain Arthur Phillip left Portsmouth to found a penal colony in Australia.

James Lind carried out the first ever clinical trial in 1747, in an effort to find a treatment for scurvy.

On October Scottish physician James Lind was born. He was a pioneer of naval hygiene in the Royal Navy. By conducting the first ever clinical trial, he developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy.

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On June Danish polar explorer and anthropologist Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen was born. He has been called the "father of Eskimology" and was the first European to cross the Northwest Pas

Sir Henry Bessemer is chiefly known in connection with the Bessemer process, the first process for manufacturing steel inexpensively

On January English engineer, inventor, and businessman Sir Henry Bessemer was born. Bessemer’s name is chiefly known in connection with the Bessemer process, the first process for manufacturing steel inexpensively

Emperor Taizu (21 March 927 AD–14 November 976 AD, born Zhao Kuangyin, was the founder of the Song Dynasty of China, reigning from 960 to 976. His family was of fairly modest origins and cannot be traced back with any certainty further than the late Tang dynasty. His ancestor Zhao Ting (828-874) was an official who served in Zhuozhou, in Hebei near where the family lived.

Emperor Taizu (21 March 927 AD–14 November 976 AD, born Zhao Kuangyin, was the founder of the Song Dynasty of China, reigning from 960 to 976. His family was of fairly modest origins and cannot be traced back with any certainty further than the late Tang dynasty. His ancestor Zhao Ting (828-874) was an official who served in Zhuozhou, in Hebei near where the family lived.

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What Do You Know About Cayenne Pepper

Nicholas Culpeper spent the greater part of his life in the English outdoors cataloging hundreds of medicinal herbs. He did more research about herbal medicine than almost any one else ever.

Sir James Simpson, Scottish physician. A pioneer of obstetrics, gynaecology, and childbirth anaesthetics, he was the first British physician to use chloroform and ether as anaesthetics during childbirth. Notably, Queen Victoria was successfully delivered of her seventh child- pain free.

When asked at a great public meeting what his greatest discovery had been, he replied without hesitation: "That I have a Saviour." Sir James Young Simpson – Scottish doctor who pioneered Obstetrics and discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.

In the 7th century, the Tang Dynasty of China controlled a third of the World's population on just 7% of its land.  The Tang capital at Chang'an was the world's largest city, and wealth poured in from the fabled Silk Road.  Even outside its official control, the Tang Dynasty was a strong cultural influence in neighboring Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.  It was during the Tang Dynasty that Wu Zetian claimed the throne to become China's only female head of state in history.

In the century, the Tang Dynasty of China controlled a third of the World's…

John Logie Baird was basically 'the father of television' as he invented the first television and was the first to demonstrate it in color as well. He was a Scottish engineer who also experimented with photography.

John Logie Baird FRSE was a Scottish engineer, innovator and inventor of the world's first mechanical television, the first publicly demonstrated colour television system and the first purely electronic colour television picture tube.

Uraniborg main building from copper etching of Blaeu's Atlas Major 1663, Tycho Brahe's observatory on Hven, built ca 1576-1580. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Tycho Brahe’s astronomical observatory, “Uraniborg,” built c. 1576 – 80 on Hven, an island in Denmark.

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