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Who Invented Ballet?

Who Invented Ballet?

Ballet is one of the most fascinating, gracious and interesting forms of performance dance. It is very popular in countries like Russia, Italy and France. Today, it is generally considered an art form and is classified into several major types including contemporary ballet, neoclassical ballet as well as classical ballet. Aside from these interesting details, it is also good to know about its other important aspects including who invented ballet. The Invention of Ballet Who invented ballet? Based on historical accounts, the Italians invented ballet as part of the Italian Renaissance some time in the 15th century. Later on, it blossomed in Russia and France, where the dance was made into the form of concert dance. Likewise, the popularity of this dance form made its way to the United States. Its biggest boost came in the 17th century. At that time, it became part of the French court, which happened during the reign of Louis XIV. By 1850, this interesting dance form has already reached countries like Russia and Denmark. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Details After its popularity reached its peak in Europe, ballet made its way to various parts of the globe. Some of the most notable ballet groups in history include the American Ballet Theater, the Imperial Ballet of the Russian Empire as well as the Royal Danish Ballet. This dance form originally started in Italy. It was then a form of court pageantry, which was part of lavish celebrations. Dancers and musicians worked with one another to give the audience elaborate entertainment. Thanks to the French ballet de cour, this art form got another major boost. During this time, certain interesting aspects such as costumer, décor and music were combined with social dances. Domenico da...
Who Invented Boxing?

Who Invented Boxing?

Boxing is a martial art and combat sport which consists of two people who fight with their fists. Boxing is usually supervised by a referee and is separated into rounds, each rounds lasting from 1 to 3 minutes. There are only three ways in which a person can win a boxing match. One way would be to knock out their opponent. Also known as KO, knock outs are awarded once an opponent has been knocked to the ground and is unable to stand and continue the fight after a count to 10 seconds. Another way would be a TKO which stands for a technical knock out. This occurs when an opponent is deemed too injured to continue the match. The last way in which an opponent can win a boxing match is through a decision. At the end of all rounds judges or referee can award a winner based on several scores. History Boxing was first recorded in the 3rd millennium BC in which Sumerian reliefs depicted a fist fight with an onlooking crowd. Another similar relief was found in the 2nd millennium BC in ancient Egypt. In 1927 an archaeologist by the name of a Dr. E. A Speiser discovered a stone tablet from the Mesopotamian culture in which two men were depicted getting ready for a prize fight. The tablet is said to be more than 7,000 years old. Fist fighting with gloves was first seen between 1500 to 900 BC where a Minoan Crete was found which depicted two gloved men fighting. Homer’s lliad in 675 BC was one of the first detailed accounts of a boxing fight. The lliad states that Mycenaean warriors participated in boxing matches as a way to honor their fallen comrades....
Who Invented Gunpowder?

Who Invented Gunpowder?

There is really no way to tell who invented gunpowder. Like a lot of the ancient inventions we enjoy today, gunpowder came about and was developed gradually through years of testing, use, and perfection. It is interesting that we can trace its origin several centuries into the past. In fact, you can trace the origin of gunpowder into the early days of ancient China. Early Origins Though we don’t know who invented gunpowder exactly we can find many people who have written about it and having it mentioned in their annals. One of the earliest records that mention anything like gunpowder dates back to 142 AD during China’s Han Dynasty. Wei Boyang is the first to have written something that described something like it. He wrote about a certain mixture that is made from three powders that dance and fly violently. Though he did not mention the word gunpowder what he describes is exactly what gunpowder is. We know that gunpowder is an explosive that does contain three foundational ingredients. We can thus surmise that the person who invented gunpowder lived prior to Boyang’s writing. Ge Hong, a scientist who lived during China’s Chin Dynasty around 300 AD wrote down the ingredients of gunpowder. Though having mentioned the ingredients he is not credited as the one who invented gunpowder. Ge Hong even went on to describe the explosion it makes. You mix the appropriate portions of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate to make it. People really began to put gunpowder to use in 700 AD during the T’ang Dynasty. The emperors during this dynasty used gunpowder in order to put up elaborate fireworks displays. But it was only in the year 904 AD when it was put to use...
Who Invented Thanksgiving?

Who Invented Thanksgiving?...

The history of Thanksgiving began in 1621. The celebration was done to give thanks to God and the Native Americans who helped the English settlers cope with the winter season in Plymouth in Massachusetts. Early Thanksgiving Records show that prior to 1621, there were other thanksgiving celebrations. The first on record took place on September 8, 1565. Pedro Menendez de Aviles led a group of 600 Spanish immigrants to St. Augustine, Florida. When they made it to land, the group gave thanks to God and a feast was held. The town of San Elizario in El Paso Texas was another site of an early thanksgiving. Don Juan de Onate declared that the settlers should hold thanksgiving on April 30, 1598. But in the history of Thanksgiving, these events are usually not considered as the first. The reason is that the celebrations taking place now are a continuation of the thanksgiving celebrations that took place in Plymouth. Date of Thanksgiving As the centuries went by, Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. It was President Abraham Lincoln who declared that the final Thursday of November be the date of Thanksgiving. This tradition has been followed ever since. The only exception was when President Franklin Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving be moved to the third Thursday of November. Roosevelt made this declaration (the only one in the history of Thanksgiving) in 1939. By setting back the date a week earlier, he hoped to encourage people to go shopping earlier. This would result in more profits for business. He saw this as a means for ending the Great Depression. However, people had become accustomed to the final Thursday in November as the date. Eventually Roosevelt reset the date back to the original one. What this...
Who Invented Chevrolet?

Who Invented Chevrolet?

The history of Chevrolet (or Chevy) began in 1911. William Durant was removed from GM (General Motors) the year before. He hired Louis Chevrolet to design cars for his new company. The first Chevy they made was sold for $875. Over the years, the car and brand would become one of the most recognized in the country. The Rise of the Chevy The early Chevrolet models proved very popular and sold well. By 1917, Durant and GM entered into an agreement wherein Chevrolet would become part of GM. Under GM, the sales and popularity of the Chevrolet grew rapidly. By the 1920s it was only behind Ford and Dodge in terms of sales and recognition. In 1925 the company introduced the Superior. The Superior went on sale for only $650 and for the first time in the history of Chevrolet, it surpassed Ford in terms of sale. The Cast Iron Wonder in 1929 topped the 1 million sales mark in its first year. The 1930s to 1950s The 1930s saw the company introduce new features to their cars. Among the most important ones were the hydraulic brakes, column shifts and V grilles. In 1939 they came up with their first station wagon. 1940 saw the company release a convertible at reduced prices. From the 1950s to 60s, the Chevy would incorporate more elements to their models. 1950 saw the company produce the Powerglide transmission. It offered auto shifting at lower prices, which helped boost sales. The history of Chevrolet in 1953 is noted for the release of the Chevrolet Corvette. The sports car was the first to use a plastic body and would prove to be a big hit with buyers. A year later small V8 engines were being...
Who Invented Chocolate?

Who Invented Chocolate?

Do you know who invented chocolate? Have you ever wondered how this sweet concoction in many cookies, cakes, and its own sweet variations really started? The Cacao (Cocoa) Beans Dating back to 1500 BC, during those early Mesoamerican civilizations, Olmec Indians grew cacao beans. Perhaps, from this info, you would think that this was the first taste of chocolate in those times. Were the Indians the ones who invented chocolate? Actually, according to history, it was the Mayans and the Aztecs who developed these beans into chocolate drinks. Aside from the Indians, these groups were also known to grow these beans. Another historical figure that you may want to thank is Christopher Columbus. In the early 1500s, Columbus brought those cocoa beans to Europe. During that time, chocolate drinks spread throughout Spain. But it didn’t become an instant hit in other parts of Europe immediately. It took a hundred years later before people from various regions in Europe tasted the drinks. Progress and Popularity A Frenchman opened a shop that served as London’s first chololate house in 1657. It was named The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll. Since the cost for the the chocolate beverage was too expensive, loyal patrons of the shop were merely from the upper class of society. In 1674, chocolate was used for another type of business. It became a main ingredient in making cakes and rolls. But the progress of chocolate didn’t stop there. Monsieur Dubuisson of France took its popularity another notch higher. This was clearly achieved in those days when Dubuisson invented a table mill in 1732 which was known to help grind chocolate. Another invention by Joseph Fry of England also made chocolate gain more popularity. Fry’s invention created another milestone...
Who Invented the Airplane?

Who Invented the Airplane?...

The history of the airplane shows it was invented by Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867-1912) Wright. They got the patent 9 months prior to their flight in December 1903. The Early History of Flight There are pictures showing Orville Wright on the plane flying. The craft flew to a height of 10 ft. It traversed a total of 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds in the air. The story of airplanes is connected with man’s dream of flying. Man’s desire to fly goes back to ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Hindu tales feature stories of men flying around on animals or chariots. There are some reports that in 400 BC, the Greek philosopher and mathematician Archytas invented a flying device. The apparatus was powered by steam. According to some reports it flew a distance of 600 feet. This would rewrite the history of the airplane if true, but it has not been fully verified. Other Early Designs The records show that in the 11trh century the monk Eilmer of Malmesbery had experimented with gliders in an attempt to fly. Another one was the poet Abbas. Leonardo Da Vinci left behind aircraft designs on the Codex of the Flight of Birds. The 18th century saw Francoise Pilatre de Rozier soar on a balloon. In 1803, George Cayley (discoverer of the laws of aerodynamics) began experimenting with various gliders. An American scientist named John Montgomery was able to create a controlled glider in 1883. The history of the airplane shows that a lot of other scientists who designed gliders. But it was not until the Wright brothers in 1903 that engine powered aircraft came into being. After the Wright Brothers’ Flight The Wright brothers’ flight in 1903 was the first...
Who Invented the NBA?

Who Invented the NBA?

The NBA, which stands for the National Basketball Association, is probably the most popular international basketball league today. Although it is concentrated in North America, its global appeal never fails to get the attention as well as the interest of people from all parts of the world. In order to understand it better, it is good to look back at its colorful history including who invented the NBA. The Invention of the NBA Who invented the NBA? According to historical records, the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America were responsible for the invention of the NBA. One of the most important names among the members of those two pioneer basketball organizations was Walter A. Brown. In 1946, he was highly influential in establishing the BAA. Likewise, he is one of the individuals credited for merging the BAA and the National Basketball League, which eventually led to the start of the NBA. Aside from the NBA, he was also credited for establishing the Celtics franchise some time in 1945. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information On June 6, 1946, the BAA was founded in the City of New York. In 1949, the group decided to merge with the rival organization and adopt the National Basketball Association as its new name. Today, the league is comprised of 30 teams, which is subdivided into the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. The West is made up of three divisions, namely the Southwest, Pacific and Northwest. Under the Southwest Division are the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. Meanwhile, the Pacific Division is comprised of the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. The Northwest Division...
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