AskHON

This section has been created to answer some of the most popular and interesting history-related questions our users may ask. In Ask HistoryOnTheNet, we hope to provide many interesting tidbits of information that make history all the more fascinating.

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Who Was the First King of England?

The answer to this question depends on how you define “King of England.” After the Roman Empire’s decline, several Saxon clansmen and “kings,” as well as Scandinavian invaders ruled different regions of England and Britain. The kings who...

When was Harriet Tubman Born?

Harriet Tubman’s exact date of birth is not really known, but estimates are that it must have been between 1820 and 1825. Tubman was one of the most famous “conductors” of the Underground Railroad, a Union Spy and abolitionist. A former slave...

What Was the Civil War Reconstruction?

What is known today as the American Reconstruction Era took place just after the Civil War, between 1865 and 1877. The goal of the reconstruction was to rebuild the South, for the former rebel states to join the Union again and to give former slaves equal rights....

Who Were the Civil War Generals?

The Civil War counted hundreds of generals on both sides of the Union and Confederate armies, many of whom became very famous. Confederate generals were often former officers of the U.S. Army, but some received the rank by merit. On both sides, the rank of general had...

What Was the Emancipation Proclamation?

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  This executive order was a war measure directed at the rebel states and declared the ten states that were rebelling to be free. The proclamation excluded the areas that were under...

Helen Keller Facts

Helen Keller was an exceptional woman, who, despite being both blind and deaf, became one of the leading humanitarians of the 20th century. Thanks to the efforts of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller managed to learn to communicate with people. Facts about Helen...

What Was the American Expeditionary Force?

The American Expeditionary Force was the U.S. armed forces that were sent to fight in Europe during World War 1. It was the first time in the history of America that the U.S. sent troops abroad to help defend other countries. The U.S. started out with an army of...

Transcontinental Railroad Facts

The Transcontinental Railroad greatly boosted America’s economy and contributed to the westward expansion. Before the railroad, the fastest way to migrate to the West was by wagon, a journey fraught with danger over plains, deserts, mountains and rivers. Many chose...

Were There any Female Pirates?

Yes, although the harsh life on a pirate ship was not considered to be suitable for a women at the time, there were some badass pirates who proved that you didn’t have to have a beard to be feared across the seven seas. Here are examples of some of the most...

Who Assassinated Abraham Lincoln?

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head in Ford’s Theatre’s presidential box by an actor, John Wilkes Booth. After shooting the President, Booth jumped on the stage and managed to escape through the theater’s back...
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