Boxing Day: the most unusual gifts in history are named

A city and seven islands for a wedding

When the King of England, Scotland and Ireland Charles II Stuart married the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662, as a wedding gift he received from the bride the North African city of Tangier, and in addition to it the Seven Islands of Bombay – part of the Portuguese possessions in India.

Bowling in the White House

In 1947, US President Harry Truman was given a bowling alley for his birthday. The tracks were installed right in the White House. Truman, who hasn’t played a game since he was 19, immediately hit seven pins on the first throw. The gift was paid for by supporters of the president from his home state of Missouri.

Hanging Gardens

According to legend, one of the The Seven Wonders of the ancient world was built by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II for his beloved wife, the Median princess Amitis, who missed the gardens of her homeland. But another legend attributes the construction of the gardens to the legendary Queen Semiramis.



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