The Gemological Institute of America reports that rubies originated in Burma (modern-day Myanmar), based on historical references dating back to the 6th century during the Shan dynasty. The Mogok ruby mines were taken over by Burma's king in 1597.
One of several legends surrounding the origin of the ruby tells a story of a serpent that laid three eggs about 2,000 years ago, according to the Gemological Institue of America. The first one hatched the King of Bagan. The second egg produced an emperor of China. The third egg bore the first rubies found in the gemstone mines of Mogok.Learn More
Many famous warriors from China's long history can be found in the Three Kingdoms period from 220 to 280 A.D. Two of the most notable are Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.Full Answer >
The pendulum was discovered by Italian scientist and scholar Galileo Galilei in 1602. The Pendulum is made from a light rod or string with a weight at one end. Galileo was the first to examine its unique characteristics and found that each pendulum has a constant period.Full Answer >
While it is not possible to know who first discovered volcanoes, the earliest record of a volcanic eruption was written by Roman author Pliny the Younger. He described the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius in such detail that geologists refer to large volcanic eruptions as "Plinian" in his honor.Full Answer >
No one is completely sure who invented the first toy. Historians believe the first toys were used in or around 4000 B.C.Full Answer >