History is no longer just a collection of dates, locations and events, it is a provocation, a reality, and a justification. History becomes a raying call if not a war cry but what is the history of any event?
Hernan Cortes fled the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan in 1520 under blistering military assault, losing the bulk of his troops on his escape to the coast.
Queen Elizabeth II was not informed in advance about the 1975 dismissal of Australia's prime minister by her representative in the country, letters kept secret for decades and released Tuesday revealed.
A symbol of power and prestige, the celebrated purple colour was traditionally used for royal and imperial robes, and its production, which is part of a secret guarded so closely that it disappeared hundreds of years ago.
Yemen's Seiyun Palace, one of the world's largest mud-brick structures, has become the war-torn country's latest heritage site facing the risk of collapse as heavy rains and years of neglect take their toll.
The historical city, which is also among the New Seven Wonders of the World, was given the number one spot by Lonely Planet in its latest Ultimate Travel List, a book ranking 500 travel experiences all around the world.
The ornate wooden homes dotting the Siberian city of Tomsk are cherished landmarks, but that hasn't prevented many from falling into disrepair following years of neglect, with some now facing demolition.
The legendary Berlin institution with a 106-year history has even seen the Macarena and, more recently, was used as a set for a Quentin Tarantino film. Now Claerchens Ballhaus is facing an uncertain future.
Frankly, I had only learned the basics, which was that the UAE was unified in 1971, pearl diving was one of the main professions, and that oil was later discovered in the area.