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45 Amazing Facts About All 44 American Presidents | Mental Floss

Read on to discover which American president wanted to be a concert violinist, which carried a dictionary around in his pocket, and who burned his official White House portrait.

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How Zionists Helped Destroy Segregation in Baltimore

Ben Hecht. Photo: Alchetron. After a year when Jewish and African-American relations were strained by the Black Lives Matter’s denunciation of Israel and …

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Calvin Coolidge | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Presidential Feuds With the Media Are Nothing New - HISTORY

Journalists have angered presidents from the earliest days of America’s founding.

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Intense photos show the WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf — the biggest naval battle of all-time

The Battle of Leyte Gulf was a decisive Allied victory over the Japanese Navy, which unfolded over the course of three days.

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8 Things to Know about Crispus Attucks. The First Man Killed In The American Revolution.

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Americans Have Almost Entirely Forgotten Their History

History blindness, and a lack of basic civic knowledge, is unhealthy for a free country. Today, we are too busy tearing down our history than learning from it. That needs to change.

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What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?

They may not have been hosting a cookout, but they did know how to imbibe and celebrate

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The Jewish History of the Tower of London - Jerusalem Post

Site acted as both haven and prison for medieval community members.

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FDR wanted Jews ‘spread thin’ and kept out of U.S., documents reveal

New documents revealed by the FDR library shows the president's secret plans to resettle Jews out of Europe.

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Why George Washington was nearly impossible to kill

He survived tuberculosis, dysentery, pneumonia, malaria, and more.

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When a Jewish man was lynched for murdering a little girl, the Klan was reborn

On Thanksgiving night in 1915, Joseph Simmons and 15 men gathered at the peak of Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, Georgia. Their faces lit by a flaming cross, they declared that the Ku Klux Klan was…

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"Darkest Hour' - Churchill’s powerful ‘fight on the beaches’ speech: The words few people actually heard

As the 'Darkest Hour' debuts in movie theaters, the strange story of how people finally got to listen to Churchill deliver one of history's most stirring speeches.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: 4 out of 10 German students don′t know what it was | News | DW | 28.09.2017

Just 47 percent of 14- to 16-year-olds in Germany know that Auschwitz-Birkenau was a Nazi death camp, a survey shows. Its authors cite fewer history lessons as a reason.

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Reconstructed Auschwitz prisoner text details ′unimaginable′ suffering | Germany | DW | 09.10.2017

A newly reconstructed document written in 1944 by a Greek Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz tells of misery "the human mind can not imagine." The text was discovered buried in the ground at the Nazi extermination camp.

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Abba Kovner and Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto

Abba Kovner led resistance fighters in both the Vilna Ghetto and in the Rudninkai Forest against the murderous Nazi enemy during the Holocaust

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Coca-Cola collaborated with the Nazis in the 1930s, and Fanta is the proof

The not-so-sweet history

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Jewish high jumper barred from 1936 Olympics dies at 103

Margaret Lambert, a Jewish high jumper who was barred from competing at the 1936 Olympics, has died at the age of 103.

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How Americans Celebrated Independence Day in 1777 | Mental Floss

July 4, 1776, may not be the day the Continental Congress declared their independence from England (that would be July 2). It's not even the day that signing of the Declaration began (that would be a month later and drag on for quite some time).

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The Battleship That Went from Pearl Harbor to D-Day

The D-Day landings featured an immense fleet – including seven battleships. One, HMS Rodney, was notable for being the only battleship to torpedo another battleship. However, one of the American battleships came to Normandy via Pearl Harbor, where she was run aground.

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New documents reveal Allies knew of Holocaust years before previously assumed - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post

Despite the knowledge, the Allies did little to help stop the massacre at the hands of the Nazi regime.

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The Holocaust's Great Escape | History | Smithsonian

A remarkable discovery in Lithuania brings a legendary tale of survival back to life

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John Glenn and the courage of the Mercury Seven

In a time before any human had traveled in space, Glenn and his colleagues staked their lives on something that seemed impossible.

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Posthumous honor for US officer who saved 200 Jewish GIs from the Nazis -- and never told a soul | The Times of Israel

With a Nazi pistol pointed at his head, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds refused to reveal which of his soldiers were Jews. This week he was recognized for his bravery

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The Holocaust Without Jews – Attempts to de-legitimize Israel by universalizing the specific suffering of Jews in the Shoah

On Thursday, Israel will mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah. As has been the custom for over six decades, a 2-minute air raid siren will be blared across the entire country and citizens from all walks of life will interrupt their daily routines f

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Jewish Actor Dustin Hoffman Weeps After Discovering Great-Grandmother Escaped Soviet Concentration Camp (VIDEO) | Jewish

Famed actor Dustin Hoffman was reduced to tears on Tuesday after learning that his great-grandmother had escaped a Soviet concentration camp before starting a life for herself in America, People magazine reported. The Oscar-winning star, who is Jewish,

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44 books on 44 presidents: Hitting the wall with Martin Van Buren

In which our brave reader nearly loses his damn mind reading about the eighth president of the United States.

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Adams vs. Jefferson: The Birth of Negative Campaigning in the U.S.

Negative campaigning in the United States can be traced back to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Back in 1776, the dynamic duo combined powers to help claim America's independence, and they had nothing but love and respect for one another. But by 180

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The BBC Flew A Drone Over Auschwitz. What They Caught On Film Sent Chills Down My Spine | Greenville Gazette

Recently, a drone flown by the BBC was flown over the remains of Auschwitz. This was one of the most infamous concentration camps from WWII and the release of the footage is timely, as the

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Oldest U.S. vet, 110, helps mark Pearl Harbor Day

Live webcasts from Pearl Harbor, interment at the USS Arizona, Honolulu parade and other events mark the 74th anniversary of the surprise attack that led the U.S. into World War II

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Correcting Mistakes About Hanukkah - The Michael Medved Show

Despite extensive media coverage and rising levels of public partying, the holiday of Hanukkah still causes confusion among both Jewish and non-Jewish Amer

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Beyond Monticello and Mount Vernon: The Other Presidents’ Houses - NYTimes.com

James Buchanan was in a huff. Sure, he was president, and the Southern states were talking about secession. But in the old “all politics is local” spirit, he was also upset that landlords in his hometown, Lancaster, Pa., were refusing to rent to students at Franklin & Marshall College, where he served on the board of trustees. As a protest, he opened his own estate, Wheatland, to student tenants. While it seems unlikely, that, say, George H. W. Bush would have rented his seaside home in Kennebunkport, Me., to tourists, things were different in the mid-19th century.

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Multimillion-dollar photo of Billy the Kid playing croquet was $2 junk shop find | US news | The Guardian

The image, unearthed in Fresno, California, is only the second confirmed picture of the outlaw – the other sold for $2.3m in 2011

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6 Constitutional Amendments That Just Missed the Cut | Mental Floss

Since 1789, Congress has approved 33 constitutional amendments. Twenty-seven of those amendments were eventually ratified and became part of the Constitution. Six failed after being sent to the states. Here's the scoop on those six that didn't make the

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Video: A New Way of Looking at the True Human Cost of WWII

Using technology and updated numbers, filmmaker Neil Halloran dissects World War II in a new way.

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WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found 'Amazingly Intact' On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco : The Two-Way : NPR

It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

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Recalling the liberation of Bergen-Belsen - www.jewishaz.com: World

On April 15, 1945, the British Second Army entered Bergen-Belsen. One week later, prisoners in the concentration camp beat Rachel Genuth (my mother) until she lost consciousness. The 15-year-old had managed throughout the war to evade punishment at the ha

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Remains from those killed at Pearl Harbor on USS Oklahoma to be exhumed - CNN.com

Remains of up to nearly 400 unaccounted for service members tied to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor will be exhumed, the Defense Department said.

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Photos reveal rising anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany in 1935 - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

Jewish Scene: Eighty years ago, two Jewish journalists sent a Dutch photographer to document anti-Semitism in Third Reich and expose true face of Nazi party to the world, but international media didn't print photos.

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Holocaust survivor and American rescuer have touching reunion after 70 years

Jewish Scene: Images capture emotional moment as former Dachau prisoner salutes soldier who liberated him; 'I am eternally grateful.'

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Auschwitz survivors, 70 years on | Reuters.com

Auschwitz death camp survivor Jadwiga Bogucka (maiden name Regulska), 89, who was registered with camp number 86356, poses for a portrait in Warsaw, January 12, 2015. During the Warsaw Uprising in August, 1944, when Bogucka was 19, she and her mother were sent from their house to a camp in Pruszkow and then moved on August 12, 1944 by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. About 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, were killed at the Nazi camp.

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What 11 Common Objects Would Cost in 2015 if Colonial Taxation Still Existed | Mental Floss

It’s safe to say the American colonists were pretty upset about the taxes and tariffs imposed on imported goods in the 1760s and 1770s—upset enough to start a war. But at rates like ten shillings or a couple of pounds, the tariffs hardly sound oppressive to modern ears. That is, until you do the math...

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The Alcatraz escapees could have survived — and this interactive model proves it - The Washington Post

There was just one shot for the Alcatraz escapees to survive. Did they take it?

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Sacramento veteran: ‘Everything you’ve heard about Pearl Harbor is what I saw’

Glenn Sorensen was wiping down his car that December morning on Oahu, a 1937 Buick that, to this day, was the best he’d ever driven. That black sedan even took a bullet for him. Three, in fact. He’s holding one of them now, squeezing it betwee

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Crispus Attucks: America's First Revolutionary War Casualty | Mental Floss

Who was the Revolutionary War’s first colonial casualty? A black seaman with Native American roots.

Crispus Attucks’ dramatic death made him a polarizing figure in 1770. On March 5th of that year, the infamous Boston Massacre claimed his life and left a legacy over which the emerging nation would soon struggle.

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Auschwitz prisoner No. A7733 finally finds his family - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

Jewish Scene: Menachem Bodner, a twin survivor of the Mengele experiments, lost his entire family when he was just a little boy. He is still searching for his twin brother, but recently found his first cousins in California thanks to a persistent genealo

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8 Creative Ways People Went Over the Berlin Wall | Mental Floss

Although the East German government fortified the barrier with everything from watchtowers to guard dogs to beds of nails, a few people managed to slip over the border in amazing ways.

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A Complete List of What Every U.S. President Drank - Neatorama

(Photo via Kate Shapiro)If you're the President, you may feel the weight of the nation and the world on your shoulders. But that doesn't mean that you can't pour yourself a tasty alcoholic beverage and rest a bit.Most Presidents of the United States drank

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Betrayal: FDR and the Jews | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Like everyone else I knew in the Forest Hills of my boyhood, my parents were the American–born children of immigrants from Eastern Europe. But my grandparents, who left Russia and Romania in their desperate quest for freedom, opportunity and children wh

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48 Unexpected Views Of Famous Historic Moments

A view from behind the Lincoln statue during Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. [28 August, 1963]

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Clinging to Judaism: Centuries after Mallorca was declared Jew-free, some still struggle to remain connected

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – Sixty-five year old Miguel Sigura held the prayer book in his hands with the care of a child. Reading the Grace After Meals from the transliterated Hebrew, he stumbled on some of the words and the unfamiliar Hebrew sounds but he was not to be deterred.

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20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative | Pop Chassid

It's time that we looked at the Holocaust differently. Here are twenty pictures to help us do just that.

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Anne Frank arrested 70 years ago today: Read her last diary extract

Anne Frank, the young Jewish diarist celebrated for her courage and resilience while confined to a secret annex during the Second World War, was arrested 70 years ago today.

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The Only Surviving Film Footage of Anne Frank

On July 22, 1941, a 12-year-old girl at Merwedeplein 37 looked on as her neighbor got married.

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Soldier's Camera and Photos from Battle of The Bulge Found in Foxhole 70 Years Later

The Battle of the Bulge is known as one of the most deadly and influential battles of WWII. Taking place over the course of five weeks, this surprise attac

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Did a Cow Really Cause the Great Chicago Fire?

The Great Chicago Fire killed 300 people, left some 100,000 homeless, and destroyed $200 million worth of property. Was a cow really to blame?

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Onetime Auschwitz Guard Arrested In Philadelphia On German Warrant

Johann Breyer, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1952, is being sought by German authorities in connection with the deaths of 216,000 Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during World War II.

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Eisenhower's 'Soul-Racking' D-Day Decision"

Val Lauder: Eisenhower faced wrenching decision to risk very high casualties on D-Day. She says Ike feared he was sending his troops to die in hopeless mission

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D-Day 70th anniversary: Normandy then and now

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day by peering at Normandy in 1944 and today.

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25 Facts About John Adams

Lawyer, statesman, president, gadfly, New Englander: John Adams was a lot of things, but boring wasn't one of them.

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    What the late '60s really looked like

    (CNN) -- As "Mad Men" returns for its seventh season, many viewers will tune in to see what happens next for Don, Peggy, Pete and the other characters of the hit AMC show. Many will also be eager to see the fabulous clothes they wear.

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    Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

    Alice Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, died in London on Sunday at the age of 110, a family member said.

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      China’s Hidden Jews

      In Kaifeng, where Sephardic Jews from the Silk Road settled in the 12th century, their descendants are rediscovering lost religious practices and petitioning Israel for recognition.

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          The Kansas Shoe Salesman Responsible for Veterans Day

          The reason we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th dates back to 1918, when an armistice between the Allies and Germany was signed that essentially ended World War I. The first Armistice Day was celebrated the following November 11th.

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            World War II: After the War

            At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins. Borders were redrawn and homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way. But the massive efforts to rebuild had just begun. When the war began in the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the Axis the Allied powers had resulted in 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world.

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              6 of LA's Most Famous Streets, 100 Years Ago and Today

              Last week, one of KCET's fantastic historians (Nathan Masters) rounded up photos of some of Los Angeles's most famous streets (PCH, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, Wilshire, Third Street in...

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                  Secrets of Walt Disney's Secret Disneyland Apartment

                  Fire Station image via JustDisney.com; Disney Family image via HuffPo Hardcore Disneyland aficionados already know about the secret apartment above the fire station on Main Street USA where Walt...

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                    6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

                    It turns out our teachers, Hollywood and whoever we got our Thanksgiving mythology from (Big Turkey?) all made America's origin story far more boring than it actually was for some very disturbing reasons.

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                    Silver Lake: Then Vs. Now

                    What the Los Angeles hipster-happy neighborhood looked like in the '30s and '40s.

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                      25 Photos of the Los Angeles River Before It Was Paved in 1938

                      This is the year and especially the summer of the Los Angeles River--on January 1, it officially became a river again (not...

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                        Photos: Spring Break! The Beachy Kitsch and Some Like It Hot Fame of the Hotel del Coronado

                        Where Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like It Hot —and where guests like F.D.R. and the Duke of Windsor caught some rays: Southern California’s Hotel del Coronado turns 125.

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                          The Walt Disney Story at Yesterland

                          A look at the “Free Shows and Exhibits” section of the Fall/Winter 1973-73 Disneyland Guide (below) confirms that The Walt Disney Story is about Uncle Walt, not Honest Abe.

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                              How Olive Oil Might Save Our Oldest Buildings

                              Something that keeps the building looking as it did when first built is the end goal of those involved in the preservation of historical sites, and those involved in York Minster’s upkeep have hit upon a novel solution. It’s likely to be found in your

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                                Lost London | BBC History Magazine

                                - - A book containing around 250 colour images of London has been released by Amberley Publishing, giving a unique insight into England's capital during the 19th and early 20th centuries