Daily History Byte: Louvre displays Nazi-looted paintings in bid to find rightful owners of 2,000 unclaimed artworks

The Louvre Museum has put on display 31 paintings looted by the Nazis during the Second World War in the hope that surviving relatives of their original owners will come forward to claim them. Source: Louvre displays Nazi-looted paintings in bid to find rightful owners of 2,000 unclaimed artworks

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Daily History Byte: Booklet believed to contain world’s oldest copy of ‘Silent Night’ discovered in Vienna

The possible oldest extant copy of the Christmas carol Silent Night was discovered in Vienna in a booklet called Four Beautiful New Christmas Songs. Although the manuscript is undated, it’s probable that this version of the song, written by Joseph Mohr in 1818, was printed shortly after its composition by a…

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Daily History Byte: Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is a heretofore undecipherable document. Now, facsimiles are being made in the hopes that someone in the world will be able to assist researchers in unlocking its secrets. There will be 898 copies made of the coded Voynich Manuscript, which has stumped scholars for over a century.…

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Daily History Byte: ‘Henry I’s remains’ found beneath tarmac at Reading Gaol

In 2011, the skeleton of King Richard III was discovered in Leicester, UK. Now, it’s possible that archaeologists have uncovered another of Britain’s kings under a carpark in Reading. Britain’s kings appear to be making a habit of this. First it was Richard III, whose bones were found under a car…

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Daily History Byte: Art experts fear serious earthquake damage to historic Italian buildings

A serious 6.2 earthquake struck Italy on August 24. The dead number around 160, and countless homes and buildings have been destroyed. On top of that, there has also been considerable destruction to many historical churches and other structures. Much of the damage has occurred in Amatrice and surrounding areas.…

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