San Severino di Centola: a medieval hilltop village that was abandoned at the end of the 19th century after existing for more than 500 years.

The ruins of the old village San Severino di Centola, known known until 1861 as San Severino di Camerota, are located on a rugged hill in southern Cilento, in the Italian region of Campania. The village was founded during the 10th-11th centuries, although it seems that some traces of inhabited settlements on the rocky spur are known since the seventh century. However, it was progressively abandoned as inhabitants chose to move their settlement just below the hill but closer to the newly developed railway. The village was strategically placed above…

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October 1, 1908: Ford Motor Company unveils the Model T, the “car of the century“

Hailed as “the car of the century,” the first Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan, on this day, October 1, 1908. One of the leading executives behind the project, Charles E. Sorensen, was to describe later the eventful day when Henry Ford announced the idea. In his book, “My Forty Years With Ford”, published in 1956, he wrote: “Early one morning in the winter of 1906-07, Henry Ford dropped in at the Piquette Avenue plant to see me. ‘Come with me, Charlie,’ he said, ‘I…

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#TodayInHistory – October 1

October 1 – Some important events on this day. 331 BC 👉🏼 Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela 1688 👉🏼 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown 1814 👉🏼 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, which redrew Europe’s political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte 1844 👉🏼 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt departs Jimbour, the farthest outpost of settlement on the Queensland Darling Downs, to begin his exploration of Australia’s Northern Territory from Moreton Bay to Port…

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