Historical Nonfiction

fun facts, quotes, and pictures from history
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge, under construction in 1937.

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge, under construction in 1937.

The doll, with 6,000 parts and programmable actions, might be the first computer. That’s because it was created in the 1770s. This incredible little robot called simply The Writer was designed and built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz with help from his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. The plain barefoot boy concealed their true pièce de résistance. At the time, ‘automata’ or little mechanical moving figures, were common in homes of the elite. But Jaquet-Droz’s is the only one so complex scientists argue whether it is the first machine worthy of the name computer.

Fe del Mundo (1911–2011) was a Filipino pediatrician who was the first woman to be admitted to Harvard Medical School in 1936 — over ten years before the school officially began admitting women.

(Source: amazingwomeninhistory.com)

The crew of Apollo 11 enjoy the traditional steak and egg breakfast before departing for the moon, July 16 1969.

The crew of Apollo 11 enjoy the traditional steak and egg breakfast before departing for the moon, July 16 1969.

(Source: slightlywarped.com)

Everyone’s favorite French chef, Julia Child!
her show, The French Chef, was the first cooking show to air on PBS when it premiered in 1963
she was also the first educational television personality to be awarded an Emmy
Julia was 6 feet, 2 inches and played college basketball
her last meal was homemade French onion soup
a rose is named after her that she picked herself. It is butter-colored

Everyone’s favorite French chef, Julia Child!

  • her show, The French Chef, was the first cooking show to air on PBS when it premiered in 1963
  • she was also the first educational television personality to be awarded an Emmy
  • Julia was 6 feet, 2 inches and played college basketball
  • her last meal was homemade French onion soup
  • a rose is named after her that she picked herself. It is butter-colored

(Source: pbs.org)

Mineral water from San Pellegrino in Italy has been drawn and produced since 1395. It was thought to cure a variety of ailments. Bottled water has a similar origin — it can be traced back to British fondness for “taking the waters,” a cure-all in the 1800s. Some enterprising mineral springs started packaging their supposedly medicinal waters, and selling them to sick people to take home with them. And thus the modern billion-dollar industry was born.

(Source: ehow.com)

July 1940. Hazard, Kentucky. “Miners’ children crossing swinging bridge from their homes into town.”

July 1940. Hazard, Kentucky. “Miners’ children crossing swinging bridge from their homes into town.”

(Source: shorpy.com)

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war.

—Napoleon

(Source: quotes4all.net)

An earthquake on December 16th, 1811, caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.

(Source: mentalfloss.com)