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This answer was provided on History of Science and Math by user RommelTJ, and marked as correct. I have reproduced it here because of the unusual situation that occurred with this question. Normally we should not allow cross-posting. TL;DR: 1838 As early as the sixth to fourth centuries B.C., Greek astronomers realized that there must be more than one ...


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The main "modern" method of birth control is the "pill." That was a formulation that did not exist much before 1960. Other methods were known and practiced well before "modern" times. These included biological methods such as the "rhythm" method (avoid sex during likely periods of ovulation) or coitus interruptus (interrupt the act before the sperm goes ...


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In Lucian of Samosata's "A true story" (2nd century AD) an outcome of a war between the king of the Moon Endymion and the emperor of the Sun Phaeton over the right to colonize Venus was decided by the reenforcements arrived to help Phaeton from Sirius. He also mentioned some troops from the Milky Way (or "from the Galaxy", "ἀπὸ τοῦ Γαλαξίου" as the story was ...



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