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TIL that a Korean airlines accidentally strayed into Soviet Airspace, leading to the plane being shot down. To prevent such a tragedy, US President Ronald Reagan declassified a critical military tech and that is how we got GPS for civilian use.

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TIL that a Korean airlines accidentally strayed into Soviet Airspace, leading to the plane being shot down. To prevent such a tragedy, US President Ronald Reagan declassified a critical military tech and that is how we got GPS for civilian

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TIL in the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.

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TIL in the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.

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TIL cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev launched into space as a Soviet citizen, but returned to earth as a Russian citizen – he was in orbit when the Soviet Union dissolved on December 26, 1991.

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TIL cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev launched into space as a Soviet citizen, but returned to earth as a Russian citizen – he was in orbit when the Soviet Union dissolved on December 26, 1991. submitted by DrWeeGee [link] [665 comments] Source:

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TIL Georgy Zhukov, Marshall of the Soviet Union, loved Coca-Cola but didn’t want to be seen drinking a symbol of American imperialism. Through Harry S. Truman, he had a chemist make a colorless version that looked like vodka.

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TIL Georgy Zhukov, Marshall of the Soviet Union, loved Coca-Cola but didn’t want to be seen drinking a symbol of American imperialism. Through Harry S. Truman, he had a chemist make a colorless version that looked like vodka. submitted by

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TIL in 1945 a group of Soviet school children presented a US Ambassador with a carved US Seal as a gesture of friendship. It hung in his office for 7 years before discovering it contained a listening device.

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TIL in 1945 a group of Soviet school children presented a US Ambassador with a carved US Seal as a gesture of friendship. It hung in his office for 7 years before discovering it contained a listening device. submitted by

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What happened to the pro soviet officials and people in East Germany and Poland?

What happened to the pro soviet officials and people in East Germany and Poland? submitted by clurt [link] [comment] Source: reddit answers: a knowledgebase built on reddit

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TIL as an act of psychological warfare the US army planned to drop extra large condoms labeled as medium in the Soviet Union to demoralize the Soviets.

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TIL as an act of psychological warfare the US army planned to drop extra large condoms labeled as medium in the Soviet Union to demoralize the Soviets. submitted by treyisajedi93 [link] [1133 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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TIL the Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khruschev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khruschev rejected the plan.

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TIL the Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khruschev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not

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TIL: That the Soviet Diplomat Molotov was reportedly the only man to ever “shake hands” with Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Himmler, Göring, Roosevelt and Churchill.

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TIL: That the Soviet Diplomat Molotov was reportedly the only man to ever “shake hands” with Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Himmler, Göring, Roosevelt and Churchill. submitted by Touchdown_Knicks [link] [312 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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TIL that in the process of trying to catch serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet police ended up solving more than 1000 unrelated crimes, including 95 murders and 245 rapes.

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TIL that in the process of trying to catch serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet police ended up solving more than 1000 unrelated crimes, including 95 murders and 245 rapes. submitted by spiderbabies4dinner [link] [514 comments] Source: top scoring links :

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