The east of Cambridgeshire has been privileged enough to be the site of a large amount of historic finds from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
Due to the even landscape of Cambridgeshire and the short distance from the continent, many airfields were built for RAF Bomber Command, RAF Fighter Command, and the USAAF during WW2. In recognition of this, the only American WW2 burial ground in England is located in Madingley Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.
Bandy, a sport which has similarities to both Hockey and American Football, was invented in Cambridgeshire and is now recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
There are a number of well known names and faces which have come from Cambridgeshire. John Major and Oliver Cromwell are among the most notable politicians, Nobel Laureate Harold Kroto, Stephen Hawking and Brian J. Ford are famous scientists from the county and literary figures, Olaudah Equiano, Jeffrey Archer, Douglas Adams, Samuel Pepys, John Claire and Lucy M. Boston also started out in Cambridgeshire. Famous film, television and musical names from the area include Warwick Davis, Richard Attenborough, Paul Nicholas, Andy Bell of Erasure, Kieth 'Syd' Barrett of Pink Floyd and Don Airey of Deep Purple.