All About History

No. 112

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

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There are so many facets of life in Ancient Rome that can capture the imagination. Whether it’s the stories of its famous rulers or details about how life in the powerful empire was lived, we have so much information about this civilisation that you can approach it from a myriad of perspectives. Among these is, of course, how the Romans entertained themselves and through this we get into one of the darker areas of Roman life, at least by modern standards. The world of the gladiators is another of those deeply engrossing aspects of ancient life, but interestingly it’s one that is not always well understood. This issue we wanted to address that gap in our knowledge and give you the inside story of what it was like to be a…

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defining moments

14-15 January 1972 QUEEN MARGRETHE II ASCENDS THE THRONE Queen Margrethe II succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, as the ruler of Denmark after he passed away on 14 January. Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag proclaimed Margrethe as queen the next day from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace. Margrethe is the first queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch since 1513 not to be named Frederick or Christian. 10 January 1927 FRITZ LANG’S METROPOLIS PREMIERES The futuristic silent film Metropolis premiered in Berlin, Germany. The film, directed by Fritz Lang, went way over budget – costing around five million Reichsmarks – and took 15 months to shoot. Although it was criticised upon its release it’s now widely regarded as the first great science-fiction film and one of the most influential films ever…

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key events

424 BCE THE BATTLE OF DELIUM The historian Thucydides records a flamethrower device consisting of a pipe, iron snout and cauldron ‘in which were coals of fire, brimstone, and pitch, raised to an exceeding great flame’ used by the Boeotians against the Athenians on the walls of Delium. 424 BCE GREEK FIRE c. 360 BCE Aeneas Tacticus records a recipe for ‘inextinguishable fire’ containing ‘pitch, sulphur, tow, granulated frankincense, and pine sawdust’ to be used during sieges. 672 CE BYZANTINE FIRE The Byzantine Empire uses Greek Fire in naval battles to shoot streams of fire at enemy ships. The recipe was a military secret but probably contained naphtha, quicklime, and other ingredients such as pine resin, calcium phosphide, sulphur, and nitre. 672 CE INVENTION OF GUNPOWDER 808-858 CE The earliest formula for gunpowder comes from two Tang dynasty China documents. The…

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munitions factory

During WWI, munitions factories were critical to the war effort, producing the weapons needed on the frontline. The Munitions of War Act was passed in July 1915 in response to the Shell Crisis of 1915, which saw a shortage of ammunition shells on the frontline. The Act was designed to increase munitions production to meet the demands of the British armed forces and led to the creation of the Ministry of Munitions. One of the new initiatives that was introduced to boost production was to hire women to work in the munitions factories across the country, especially as men were needed to join the army. It is estimated that around one million women joined the munitions workforce, becoming known as ‘munitionettes.’ The munitions factories were a hazardous place to work. Munitionettes were…

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gold-inlaid colt model 1849 pocket revolver

Samuel Colt made many firearms in his time – the Connecticut-born inventor was an innovator in his field, with his firm producing 16 different models before Colt’s death in 1862. But there were a select few of these weapons that stood out among the rest. With exquisite engraving and gold inlay, it’s no wonder that only about 20 of these revolvers were ever made, 16 of which were during Colt’s lifetime. The gold-inlaid Colt Model 1849 pocket revolver’s design was first displayed at London’s Great Exhibition in 1851, and then at the New York Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1853. It’s easy to see why no one would want to actually fire it – a bear, dog, leopard, pheasant and fox adorn the frame and barrel lugs, each surrounded by gold-inlaid heads…

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famous gunslingers

Billy the Kid 1859-1881 By the time he was gunned down at the age of 21, Billy the Kid is said to have killed as many as 27 men. Orphaned at the age of 14, it wasn’t long before the young man, then still known as Henry McCarty, turned to a life of crime. In 1877 in a Arizona saloon, he killed his first man, before becoming involved in a violent frontier war, and sought to avenge the death of his employer, shooting Sheriff William J Brady dead. He spent the next three years on the run, and although he was captured in 1880, he escaped a year later on the eve of his execution. However, Sheriff Pat Garrett had been hunting the Kid for some time, and tracked him to the…