In 539BC, Persian King Cyrus the Great issued the first ever decree on human rights. He freed slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality.
More than 60% of the Confederacy’s war finance came from printing money, which, along with bad military news, caused prices to increase 92 times over in the South during the American Civil War.
Ancient Romans used ammonia from urine to wash togas in a manner similar to modern day dry cleaning, and the collection of urine was taxed.
The Red carpet culture dates back to ancient Greece. Earliest mention being in the play Agamemnon, where the “Crimson path” was to signify the stature, as it was luxury fit only for the gods.
The mayors of Carthage and Rome signed an official peace treaty 2,000 years after the Punic Wars’ end.
During the Black Death, incoming ships were forced to wait for 40 days to prevent possible infection. The Italian word for 40, “quaranta”, is where we get the word “quarantine”.
The Han dynasty of China drilled for natural gas, transported it in pipelines and gas containers and burned it in stoves… in 200 BC.
Mail was delivered 12 times a day in Victorian London, with immediate responses often expected, and people got upset if letters weren’t received within a couple of hours.