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alexander iii fact |★`

Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:05 pm

      • PSA: Most of my facts will just be Alexander the Great related, because I'm in love with him.

        Fact: Alexander the Great was temporarily banned from Macedonia after an altercation with his father, Philip II, at his father's wedding. Since Alexander was only half-Macedonian but the heir to the throne, a wedding guest commented, "perhaps Macedonia will finally have a full-Macedonian heir," due to the fact that Philip was marrying a Macedonian girl. Alexander, in a fit of rage, got into an argument with his father. At some point, Philip decided he was going to kill his son, so he stood and attempted to draw his sword. However, he was so intoxicated that he tripped and fell on his face. Alexander then stood up on a table and said, "behold, your king. But how do you expect him to lead a country, when he cannot even lead himself from one couch to the next?" Due to his sass and the fact that his father legit wanted to kill him for a while there, he was sent to live with his Mother, Olympias, in her country. He was of course called back to Macedonia later. And yes, he was also very drunk at the wedding.
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Re: History Facts 101

Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:14 pm

Because I'm fascinated by the American Civil War for many reasons. Most of mine will be about this war.

Fact: One-third of the soldiers who fought for the Union Army were immigrants, and nearly one in 10 was African American.

The Union Army was a multicultural force; even a multinational one. Irish soldiers made up 7.5 percent of the army, but the Union’s ranks included even more Germans roughly 10 percent, who marched off in regiments such as the Steuben Volunteers. Other immigrant soldiers were French, Italian, Polish, English and Scottish. ( One of my relatives left England to join the Union Army. So that's my proof that this immigrant fact is correct.)

One in four regiments contained a majority of foreigners. Blacks were permitted to join the Union Army in 1863, and some scholars believe this infusion of soldiers may have turned the tide of the war.
Image Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do. ~General "Unconditional
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:44 pm

  • i feel like i should've known that the union army would be so diverse cause, ya know, history class...

    fun fact! it's pretty obvious that the romans were highly advanced people for their time mainly because they borrowed technology from other cultures and made it better and did one simple thing: bathe every day. every day they would strip down and exercise. then the sexes would enter three different rooms. first was a temperate (warm) room to start working up a sweat followed by a hot room, like a sauna, where they'd slather themselves with olive oil (which was their soap) and scrap it off with a little thing called a strigil. every one would chat and help each other before heading to the cool room, which was a big pool, to wash everything off.
    it doesn't seem like much but when you take in the fact that perfume and wigs were popular during the middle ages to hide people's filth... the romans understood the importance of being clean.
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king james i fact.

Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:03 pm

    • fun fact: when at hoghton castle, which is in preston lanchashire, king james i knighted a loin of beef - supposedly saying "arise, sir loin". also, the king's stay at hoghton took up so much of the family's finance that the head of the household spent a year in prison to pay off his debts. ye good ol' english history xD

      @nicause: that's such an interesting fact! I didn't know that about alexander! I had watched the film that had a similar scene to what you described but I didn't know it was based on fact! ouo lessons from that. don't drink whilst trying to kill your son xD

      @lance corporal: I hardly know about anything the american civil war (english civil war is what I'm better at XD) so that was really fascinating to read about!
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Re: History Facts 101

Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:36 pm

Let's see if anyone knows this. :P

Fun Fact: Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It started sometime before the Civil War but became a must do during the Civil War to honor all those who were identified and unidentified after being killed in combat or of an illness while serving. It was not made into a national holiday until 1968.
Image Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do. ~General "Unconditional
Surrender" Grant
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Re: History Facts 101

Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:57 am

fun fact; Cleopatra wasn't the first female pharaoh. Hapsetsut was the first as she ruled while her son was too young. The son was angered by her rule and didn't like some of her decisions so he did the rational thing and tore every piece of evidence of her apart.
---also Cleopatra was not even Egyptian, she was a Ptolemy out of Mesopotamia....
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american rev/lafayette fact

Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:41 am

fun fact: when the british redcoats surrendered at yorktown during the
american revolution, they refused to look at the americans and instead
looked at the french (england's biggest enemy next to the continental
army, they despised the french). the "yankee doodle" tune was originally
made by the british to mock the patriots. marquis de lafayette (one of
the biggest if not the reason why the americans won the revolution)
was upset that the redcoats would rather look upon the french rather
than the americans during their surrender, so he ordered some of the
soldiers to begin playing "yankee doodle", which forced the redcoats to
look at the americans as they surrendered instead.
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Re: History Facts 101

Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:21 am

I actually knew that fact dreamshade. I read it in a really good book from the library. It's interesting what they do not teach in history classes. Even the painting of the surrender is incorrect. But they did portray what really happened in the AMC Turn series, which was awesome but just as all the actors looked into the people they were portraying and made sure they were portraying them correctly the guy who wrote the series made sure the events were portrayed correctly during the series.

Anyways..

Fact: In total 15,000 Native Americans fought on both sides during the Civil War with the hope it will improve relations with the federal government. Those who sided with the Confederacy were promised that they will get some of their lands back if they won the war. This shows that Native American tripes were just as divided during the war as to which side to support.
Image Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do. ~General "Unconditional
Surrender" Grant
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Re: History Facts 101

Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:48 am

WW2 is my favorite thing to read about, so I have a few about that I'm too enthusiastic about to wait to post each one individually.


Fact1: The fighting going in Europe during WW2 was honestly really polite in some areas. Georg Grossjohann, a Nazi officer, explains in his autobiography (Five Years, Four Fronts) a time towards the end of the war when he was fighting against some French. There was a town between the two armies, and Georg met with the man leading the other side, and said he believed that during certains times of the day, every day, the firing and fighting should stop so that the people who lived in the town could get their groceries. He also said he would give the French time to move the children and the elderly towards the edge of town, where it was safer. The French agreed, and so every day for the time that that particular battle went on, there was an hour or so (I think several times a day) when all the firing would stop.

Fact2: How different sides of the war kept prisoners was vastly different. I haven't read about any of the Soviet prisoners yet (I get my history by autobiographies mostly, they're more interesting and a bit more accurate in my opinion), but I have read about POWs in Japan, in Britain/America, and in Nazi Germany. Nazis captured by Americans, who were sent to America to sit in our POW camps, actually had a pretty good life. They were allowed to work outside the camp in local farms (at least in Tennessee), and even get paid for the work. When it finally came out what the Nazis were doing to Jews, all the Nazi POWs were brought into a room and shown images of it. It brought most of them to tears, because they had no idea that was happening. POWs kept by the Nazis didn't have the greatest places to stay, but there were several prisoners I've read about who would escape the Nazi camps quite often. One man being kept in one of the many camps that made up Auschwitz actually switched places with a Jewish prisoner, several times, to see what the treatment of the Jews was like. The book is called "The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz" if you're interested. The other one is "The Last Escaper", about a British man who kept escaping every time he was captured. The POWs kept in Japan were some of the worst off. Japan had several unregistered POW camps, and didn't register every POW they had. Louis Zamperini is a great example of that. After the war, when the Red Cross came through, Louis couldn't get any help from them because he had never been registered as a POW by the Japanese. Statistics even show that the number of people (civilian and military) that were held by the Japanese had a much higher death rate than the number of people captured and held by the Nazis.

Fact3:
On December 20th, 1943, Charlie Brown and his bomber crew, aboard Ye Old Pub, were limping back base after a successful bombing mission. They had to cross a Nazi occupied beach, and they were alone and in a plane that was described as looking like it was "hanging by a thread". Franz Stigler, a German fighter pilot, came in and was about to shoot them down, but after seeing the look on the crew's faces, didn't. Instead, he escorted them across the beach and all the anti-aircraft fire, and tried to get the plane to go to Switzerland because he didn't think they would make it back to England. Charlie and crew went back to England anyway, not understanding or knowing what Franz wanted them to do. About 40 years later, Franz met the crew again and they became good friends for the rest of their lives.
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Re: History Facts 101

Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:32 am

@ShadowSinger that last one you shared should become a movie. O.O

Here is a WW2 fact for you. (: All this is true because my great grandfather told me everything about the forgotten campaign. He was one of eight left in his battalion to servive. So yes all I am putting below is 100% true.

Fact: The Burma campaign is a forgotten front during WW2. Reason being that those who were captured had an extremely low chance ( though my grandfather was one of those to escape and led 45 others out of the prison camp.) The first major defeat the Japanese experienced was The Battle of Kohima Burma, also called The Tennis Court Battle because at some points during the battle both sides lined up and fired vollies into each other. There was also trench warfare, urban warfare, and gorilla. The smoke and rain made it so difficult to see where the enemy was so troops jumped from hole to hole or into a trench not knowing if there were friendly or enemy troops. There were accidental friendly fire but also fierce hand to hand combat. Even though the battalions were made up of British, Indian (India), Chinese and some Americans, the General in command was an American who was given the nickname General Slim Jim supposedly because he was tall and loved the snack slim jims.
Image Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do. ~General "Unconditional
Surrender" Grant
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