Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; February 18, 1404 – April 25, 1472) was an Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Continue reading

Encyclopedia of importance was Pliny the Elder’s encyclopedia of the physical world

Pliny the Elder’s encyclopedia of the physical world, was called Historia naturalis (Natural History), completed some time in Rome circa 77 CE and was widely influential up to the end of what is known as the medieval period. Continue reading

Cipher wheel was invented circa 1466

The Italian scholar and artist Leon Battista Alberti, famed as the first Renaissance man, invented the Cipher wheel, circa 1466. Continue reading

Family names

In China around 2852 BCE, by imperial decree, Family names were first adopted. Continue reading

First multivolume printed book series

A 130-volume collection of Chinese classics, was the first multivolume printed book series, printed for Fong Tao, a Chinese minister, at the beginning of 932. Continue reading

A personal name to survive in the written records

The name was En-lil-ti, the personal name which has survive in written records, was inscribed on clay tablets in Sumer (now Iraq) circa the 34th century BCE. Continue reading

Dictionary of English slang

Captain Francis Grose, published in England in 1785, the Dictionary of English slang, which he titled “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue”. 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

First French language Radio Station in Canada

In 1922, broadcasting began for CKAC a French language Radio Station out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Continue reading

Pencil with an attached Eraser

Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia, PA, USA, patented a Pencil with an attached eraser. Continue reading