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in 1909 Ernest Shackleton's crew arrived 180 km from South Pole, further south than any previous expedition.

that Alabama was acquired by the United States from Spain in 1810 and was admitted to the Union in 1819?

A 1900 view of the Forum, the nexus of political, business, and social life in ancient Rome.

Vivid 1635 illustration of the revelation of baby Jesus, in honor of Three Kings' Day (Epiphany).

1600s edition of the earliest piece of prose fiction in the Japanese literary tradition: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

Depiction of the Last Judgment with symbols of the Apocalypse in Cathedral of the Annunciation (Russia).

From the 15th century, the lavishly-decorated Salzburg Missal with liturgical texts and brightly colored illuminations.

This humorous 1861 calendar from Bulgaria is packed with poems, amusing sketches, and horoscopes.

Happy New Year! Ring in 2013 with Robert Burns's traditional folk song, "Auld Lang Syne".

Stunning and vividly-illustrated "Twelve Months by Toyokuni: First Dancing Practice of the New Year", from 1854.

Robert Burns's 1806 poem about a farmer's New Year greeting to his mare, and an address to haggis on New Year's Day.

A 1540 Mexican pictorial with writing in Spanish and Nahuatl relating to a lawsuit concerning estate of an Aztec lord.

Did you know that Pravčická brána (or Prebischthor) is the largest natural stone bridge in Europe? An 1890 view here:

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