In 860 A.D., the Slavic village of Novgorod located in the northern forests of the Slavic regions contacted the Vikings asking for help in maintaining order in their lands. They told the Vikings that they had rich fertile lands, but that they did not have the ability to unite their people or maintain order. Thus, they requested that the Vikings come and rule them.
A Viking by the name of Rurik the Rus answered the request. It is believed that Rus is the root for the name of the Slavic nation of Russia.
Not a day passes over the earth but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words, and suffer noble sorrows. Of these obscure heroes, philosophers and martyrs, the greater part will never be known.
On Dec. 10th 1901 the 1st Nobel prizes were awarded.