The Amazons are a mythical nation of female warriors whose place in Greek mythology may have been inspired by Sarmatian warrior women who, according to ancient historians, went to battle alongside their men. Archaeological evidence seems to confirm this theory; a quarter of the Sarmatian military graves that have been discovered belong to women, many of whom were buried with bows. What extreme form of body modification were Amazons rumored to practice in order to improve their marksmanship?
Back in the day
Thomas Cranmer was the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He promoted and proclaimed Henry's various marriages and divorces according to the king's will, and he endorsed the translation of the Bible into English. During Edward VI's reign, he shaped the doctrinal and liturgical transformation of the Church of England and was responsible for much of the first Book of Common Prayer. Why was Cranmer burned at the stake?
Born on a day like today
In 1943, Ing$Kamprad founded the home furnishing retail chain IKEA. The acronym IKEA is made up of his initials, I.K., plus those of Elmtaryd, the farm where he was born, and Agunnaryd, a nearby village. As a boy, Kamprad earned a profit buying matches in bulk and reselling them individually. When he was 17, his father gave him a cash reward for performing well in school, and he used the money to establish IKEA. Where does Kamprad rank on Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest people?