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The Last “Official” Civil War Widow Died in 2020

The Last “Official” Civil War Widow Died in 2020

Helen Viola Jackson, the last known widow of a Civil War veteran, passed away on December 16, 2020, marking the end of an era in American history. Born in 1919, just after the conclusion of World War I, Helen grew up in the small town of Niangua, Missouri, surrounded...

Two Cities in Italy Got into a War Over a Bucket

Two Cities in Italy Got into a War Over a Bucket

In 1325, a peculiar conflict erupted between two Italian city-states, Bologna and Modena, known as the War of the Bucket or the War of the Oaken Bucket. This war manifested the longstanding rivalry between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, two opposing factions that vied...

Two Mass Graves of 13th-century Crusaders

Two Mass Graves of 13th-century Crusaders

Archaeologists in Lebanon recently made a significant discovery, uncovering two mass graves that held the remains of 25 Crusaders who perished in the 13th century. The excavation took place in Sidon, situated on the Mediterranean coast. The team unearthed the...

The Conquest of Constantinople: Ingenuity at Work

The Conquest of Constantinople: Ingenuity at Work

The Byzantine city of Constantinople was a powerful representation of Christianity and for the Ottomans, a symbol of opposition to Islam. The “Red Apple” was an expression that represented the dream of almost every Ottoman to seize Constantinople, and it was a dream...

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