Europe in Storm and Calm by Edward King, 1885.
"He hath the wit to lose his hair."
This is probably an allusion to the consequences of syphilis. Dr. Johnson noted: ‘those who have more hair than wit are easily entrapped by loose women, and suffer the consequences of lewdness, one of which, in the first appearance of the disease in Europe, was the loss of hair.’
The Annotated Shakespeare by A.L. Rowse, 1978.
When Arabic numerals were invented, they did not win immediate acceptance. In the year 1300, their use was forbidden in European commercial dealings because they could be forged more easily than Roman numerals. (Changing “1979” seems to be simpler than changing “MCMLXXIX”)
Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts, 1979.