In 2015, Japan lifted its 67-year old ban on dancing after midnight.
The Greek religion’s God (Zeus Pater), the Roman religion’s God (Jupiter), and the Indian Vedic religion’s God (Dyaus Pita), have similar names because those religions – along with Norse, Persian, and Slavic mythologies – all evolved from the same original religion.
In 1770 a man invented a machine that could play a strong game of chess against a human opponent. The “android” that played the game was nicknamed The Turk (as was the machine itself). It wasn’t until 1857 that it was revealed to be a hoax (a chess master was hiding in the machine).
The top speed at the world’s first real automobile race in 1895 was just 15 mph.
It took Quebec until 2006 to pay off its debt from hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics.
The first Olympic disqualification for drug use was against a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.