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TIL photographer Mathew Brady captured over 7000 photos of the US Civil War (including the portrait of Lincoln that would be used for the $5 bill), which have become the most important visual documentation of the period. He died in debt after the US gov’t did not buy his master-copies after the war.

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TIL photographer Mathew Brady captured over 7000 photos of the US Civil War (including the portrait of Lincoln that would be used for the bill), which have become the most important visual documentation of the period. He died in debt

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TIL in 1990, a 15 year old girl testified before Congress, describing how Iraqi soldiers killed babies in a Kuwaiti hospital. This helped stir US favor for the Gulf War. The girl was later found to be the daughter of a Kuwaiti ambassador, and her story fabricated by American PR firm Hill & Knowlton

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TIL in 1990, a 15 year old girl testified before Congress, describing how Iraqi soldiers killed babies in a Kuwaiti hospital. This helped stir US favor for the Gulf War. The girl was later found to be the daughter of

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TIL that in 1861, the entire student body of the University of Mississippi enlisted in the Confederate Army as a single company. They suffered a 100% casualty rate during the Civil War.

TIL that in 1861, the entire student body of the University of Mississippi enlisted in the Confederate Army as a single company. They suffered a 100% casualty rate during the Civil War. submitted by DIP_MY_BALLS_IN_IT [link] [2137 comments] Source: top

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TIL In 1944, the Bishop and Mayor of Zakynthos were ordered at gunpoint to list the names of all the island’s Jews. They turned in a list with just their names on it, while the island’s population hid the Jews. All 275 Jews survived the war.

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TIL In 1944, the Bishop and Mayor of Zakynthos were ordered at gunpoint to list the names of all the island’s Jews. They turned in a list with just their names on it, while the island’s population hid the Jews.

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TIL in the 1860’s, a slave from South Carolina stole a ship from the Confederacy and delivered it to the Union. He was later gifted the ship to command during the Civil War. After the war was over, he bought the house he was a slave in and became a US Congressman.

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TIL in the 1860’s, a slave from South Carolina stole a ship from the Confederacy and delivered it to the Union. He was later gifted the ship to command during the Civil War. After the war was over, he bought

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TIL that the city of Huescar forgot they were at war with Denmark until a local historian found the declaration 172 years later. No shots were fired during the war.

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TIL that the city of Huescar forgot they were at war with Denmark until a local historian found the declaration 172 years later. No shots were fired during the war. submitted by Donkey_-_Dong [link] [552 comments] Source: top scoring links

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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 Israel sunk an American naval research ship that was monitoring radio during the Six-Day war. Officially it was ruled an accident, although all survivors maintain that it was intentional.

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TIL that Israel sunk an American naval research ship that was monitoring radio during the Six-Day war. Officially it was ruled an accident, although all survivors maintain that it was intentional. submitted by DeletedByMods [link] [699 comments] Source: top scoring

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TIL in 1974 Jane Goodall observed a social rift in a community of chimpanzees turn into a violent 4 year civil war for territory involving kidnapping, rape & murder, changing her perception of chimpanzees, it is known as the “Gombe Chimpanzee War”.

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TIL in 1974 Jane Goodall observed a social rift in a community of chimpanzees turn into a violent 4 year civil war for territory involving kidnapping, rape & murder, changing her perception of chimpanzees, it is known as the “Gombe

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TIL that during WWII, British intelligence leaked falsified information implying that V-2 rockets were overshooting London by 10 to 20 miles, which made the Germans undershoot and miss London for the rest of the war.

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TIL that during WWII, British intelligence leaked falsified information implying that V-2 rockets were overshooting London by 10 to 20 miles, which made the Germans undershoot and miss London for the rest of the war. submitted by Nikzilla3 [link] [866

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