When the Ottoman Empire fell, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk led the country of Turkey as its first president. He made sure Turkey was a secular and a modern-state nation, which was a rare exception in Muslim-majority countries.
In Turkish, the word for the bird turkey is a hindi.
In 1699, the Ottoman Empire was at war with most countries in central and Eastern Europe not allied with them. The Ottomans were defeated, and the Empire saw its first large amounts of lands lost, mostly in Hungary and Poland.
After many centuries of Eastern Roman Emperors, the last remains of the Roman Empire finally perished (though the West fell long before it) as Constantine XI Palaiologos was the final ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) until the Ottomans took over and Constantinople fell. There were rumors that an angel rescued the EmperorContinue reading “Fun Fact: The Last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire”
In Turkey there is a city and province known as Batman. Though it has nothing to do with the super-hero but apparently got its name from a nearby river.