In 1850, the population in the US was 23 million. 3.2 million were black slaves.
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Indian surgeons from as far back as 600 BC knew how to reconstruct a nose, as a common punishment for adultery was having one’s nose cut off.
The Frankish King Charlemagne (747ish AD – 814), was believed to be about 6’ 4 inches tall. His father was known as Pepin the Short.
Smallpox inoculations were used in India as early as 550 AD.
After Indians player Ray Chapman was killed by a pitch in 1920, the spitball was ruled illegal, although the rule has been difficult to enforce.
The father of the French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), disapproved of his son being a painter. He wanted him to be a grocer.
In ancient Egypt, the week was ten days long; eight days of work followed by two days off.
The population of Athens in the fifth century BC consisted of 50,000 citizens and 100,000 slaves.
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) signed his name with many different spellings, including “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare.”