that at the time that Christopher Columbus discovered America the first plus and minus signs were used in mathematics?
that at the time of the Spanish Armada, Shakespeare was living in England and the first water closet was used?
Before your very eyes the vast panorama of human experience will unfold itself in The Junior Wall Chart of History. Hundreds of important events, facts and dates in the history of mankind are included in this magnificent Wall Chart. Every entry makes for interesting reading and is sure to excite the curiosity of anyone who desires to learn more.
Learning made easy and fun!
The Junior Wall Chart of History makes learning easy and fun. To help you to follow what was happening in different parts of the world at about the same time, the chart is divided into a number of bands which flow along from start to finish and are marked by different colours. To find out about the important events and people in North and South America, for example, you would look at the top band. As the reader will see, the chart is arranged in sections that cover the events of different parts of the world in the order in which they happened. Below this are sections devoted to traders and explorers, scientists and inventors, religion and the arts.
The bottom section gives a bird's-eye view of some of the firsts in history.
Want to know when and where playing cards first appeared?
Want to know when the first mechanical clock (and it was powered by a waterwheel) was invented?
Want to know when the lead pencil was invented, the first brandy was distilled or the first merry-go-round appeared?
You will find the answers in this book.
The Junior Wall Chart covers the history of the world from around 6,000 years ago, when historians believe the earliest civilizations began, to the present day. Since nobody can say how long ago the first year of history was, historians in many civilizations have taken one particular year as a starting point and worked backwards and forwards from there.
The Romans, for example, dated their history from the year in which they believed that the city of Rome had been founded.
The the Muslims dated theirs from the Hegira, when Mohammed fled from Mecca. (This is indicated by the letters AH, for "after Hegira").
The Jewish people reckoned their calendar from 3761 EC, which they believed to be the year of the creation of the world.
The year 0 for this chart and for many countries in the world today is the year in which Jesus Christ is said to have been born. The dating system used here is based on the Gregorian calendar named after Pope Gregory XIII, which was first introduced in 1582. This calendar makes ordinary years 365 days long, with leap years 366 days long falling every year whose number can be divided by four (such as 2004).