Category: HistoryFacts

The flag erected on the Moon during the historic Apollo 11 landing was purchased at a local Sears store for $5.50.


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If you were drafted during the American Civil War, you could legally pay someone else $300 to go in your place.


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In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.


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The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WWII.


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Ancient Romans celebrated 'Saturnalia', a festival in which slaves were treated as equals and are allowed to wear their masters' clothing.


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Commonly mistaken as an ancient Greek tradition, the Olympics torch relay was actually a Nazi idea.


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In January 2013, Zimbabwean government bank balance was down to USD$217.


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The Pentagon has no marble because it was built during World War II, and Italy, the source of marble, was an enemy country.


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On this date, March 6, 1896, Charles Brady King drove the first automobile in Detroit, several months before Henry Ford piloted his first car. The following day, the Detroit Free Press reported: "The first horseless carriage seen in this city was out on the streets last night.


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Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 when he discovered the law of gravity.


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France was still executing people by guillotine when the first Star Wars movie came out.


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In 1916 the Statue of Liberty was damaged due to an explosion from World War 1. The torch sustained damage and was closed to the public and has not been open since.


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According to Herodotus, the Lydians were the first people to introduce the use of gold and silver coins. It is thought by modern scholars that these first stamped coins were minted around 650–600 BC.


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According to legend, Ancient Rome was founded by the two brothers, and demi-gods, Romulus and Remus, on 21 April 753 BCE. The legend claims that, in an argument over who would rule the city (or, in another version, where the city would be located) Romulus killed Remus and named the city after himself.


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The Dancing Plague of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Germany, where people danced without rest for a month straight.


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Some of the first examples of graffiti come from 1st century Pompeii, where messages like “I don’t want to sell my husband” and “Successus was here” were written on walls.


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