In the 1300s, some fellows from Modena stole a bucket from Bologna (both in Italy), resulting in a great deal of humiliation for the Bolognese. They declared war, had a battle with around 2,000 casualties (split between both sides), and failed to reclaim the bucket.
A former Spanish slave named Yanga, led a group of slaves into the highlands in what is now Mexico and continuously fought of the Spanish for more than 30 years until they came to an agreement to establish the first true free town in the Americas in 1618.
Machu Picchu was built in 1450, making it far younger than Oxford University, York Minster, The Divine Comedy by Dante and the printing press.
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day.
The Spanish Flu was named that because it’s effects on countries involved in WW1 were censored for morale. Spain was neutral and thus papers reported on the flu hitting Spain, making people believe Spain was hit especially hard.
In 1847 during the Irish potato famine, the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans donated $147 to assist with famine relief. The Irish have just completed a monument of appreciation.
In 1911, eleven and seven year old brothers rode on horseback from NYC to San Francisco in 62 days.
In England until the early 20th century, a man wishing to separate from his wife could lead her to market by a halter and sell her to the highest bidder.
In 1818, an Englishman accused of murder demanded a trial by combat. Surprisingly, the law that allowed for trial by combat was still valid, and the man was acquitted when his accuser declined the offer of battle. Trial by combat was abolished the following year.