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shakespeare’s birthplace

from william shakespeare posted in history by speedy_dee

Although the specific date is unknown (most agree it was April 23, 1564 since he was baptized three days later on April 26), it is widely believed that William Shakespeare was born in this house. He lived in it throughout his childhood and for the first five years of his marriage to Anne Hathaway.

John Shakespeare (WIlliam's father) has documented ownership of the building as early as 1552, when he was fined for leaving a pile of muck on Henley Street. John was a wool merchant and glove maker who lived and worked out of the building with his family.

Today, the restored building has tours and an associated museum and is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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nohmul complex

from mayan culture, archaeology posted in history by speedy_dee

If you are walking around the village of Douglas in northeastern Belize and you admire the roads, that's because they are the remnants of a Mayan pyramid (c. 350 BC to 250 AD) that were bulldozed to make road fill.

The pyramid, now 70% destroyed, was on private land nearby. It was approximately 50 by 52 meters and was 8 meters tall.

The cultural heritage site was unmistakable, and the construction company knew they were destroying an ancient ruin to pave a road. Unfortunately, this is not new in Belize. As Professor Norman Hammond of Boston University put it to the AP, "bulldozing Maya mounds for road fill is an endemic problem in Belize."

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ford’s theatre

from abraham lincoln posted in history by speedy_dee

The Ford's Theatre is where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. The murder has yet to be solved...

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