Limes In Asia

In and around the Islands of Indonesia, Asia, Limes grew. Continue reading

The Little Brunette – Novel by Joaquim Manuel de Macedo

A Moreninha (The Little Brunette), a Brazilian novel, published in 1844, by Joaquim Manuel de Macedo. Continue reading

Patent for Self-sharpening Plow

In 1803 an English inventor, by the name of Robert Ransome patented a Self-sharpening Plow. Continue reading

Wole Soyinka, first African to receive Nobel Prize in Literature

First African presented the Nobel Prize in Literature was in 1986
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Space the final frontier, Canadians in space

Marc Garneau of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada was the first Canadian astronaut in space. Continue reading

First Road designed for motor vehicles

Great inventions always come out of Africa. The colonial governor Joseph S. Gallieni had French Engineers construct a road for motor vehicles to connect the port town of Tamatave with the capital city of Antananarivo, the road was intended for motor freight traffic. Continue reading

Ball game appears on a fresco painting

On the walls of Beni Hasan, Egypt, a rock tomb from the Twelfth dynasty (circa 1900 BCE) a depiction of a ball game appears on a fresco painting. Continue reading

Internal-combustion engine now in fire trucks

Waterous Fire Engine Works created and introduced circa 1900, a fire truck that had an internal-combustable engine, that not only drove the truck, but also powered the water pumps.

Date: circa 1900
Location: St. Paul, MN, USA
Manufacturer: Waterous Fire Engine Works


Additional Information:

  • HISTORY OF FIRETRUCKS (page disappeared on web, recovered via WayBackMachine)
    There are many facts about a huge machine that fights fires. It’s called the firetruck,and here’s its story. The first firetruck which was invented in the early 1720’s, had a waterpump, handpumps, and reservoirs.
  • Weird Fire Facts: From the first built… – City of Manistee Fire …
    From the first built firehouse in 1640 to the modern firehouse of today,many things have changed. The early firehouses were really just big tool sheds which held all the bulky equipment.
  • Fire engine – Wikipedia
    A fire engine (also known in some territories as a fire apparatus, fire truck, or fire appliance) is a vehicle designed primarily for firefighting operations. In addition, many fire departments/fire services often employ their vehicles for various other uses including emergency medical services and rescue purposes.
  • Fire Truck History – autoevolution
    The lights, the sirens and the cascade of water, attributes of the modern day fire truck, have a tendency to hide the real role of this type of vehicles, that to save lives.
  • History of Fire Apparatus – Southern Fire Service & Sales
    Sirens blare as a fire truck pulls around the corner. Firefighters quickly hop out of the vehicle and work to attach the truck’s hose to the nearest fire hydrant. This is the image that comes to the mind of just about everyone when it comes to how fires are handled.

Modern treatise on geography

The Italian architect and mathematician Leon Battista Alberti wrote the modern treatise on geography circa 1440. Continue reading

DNA: Deoxyribonucleic Acid Discovered by a Canadian

In 1944, at the Rockefeller Institute, New York City, NY, USA, a Canadian born Bacteriologist by the name of Oswald Theodore Avery discovered evidence that DNA was in fact genetic material. Continue reading