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The first modern police force in the United States was the Philadelphia Police Department, and according to the Officer Down Memorial page, the first PPD officer killed in the line of duty was Watchman Steven Heimer, shot at the beginning of a riot on January 8, 1828. Of course, police are not the only law enforcement in the U.S.— there were sheriffs and ...


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According to this page, 298 Senators have died in office (it does not include the last member to die, who died in 2010. I included him in the previously stated number). According to this page, 815 House Representatives have died in office (it does not include the last three members to die in office. I included them in the previously stated number). Our ...


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TL;DR: No such code, but most equestrian statues at Gettysburg happen to match it by chance. From http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.asp: The hoof code mostly holds true in terms of Gettysburg equestrian statues, but there is at least one exception. James Longstreet wasn't wounded in this battle yet his horse has one foot raised. (illustration ...


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Henry I, the 3rd norman King of England, died after eating a surfeit of lampreys after going on a hunting trip while ill. Apparently eating them was against the advice of his physician. Lampreys were pretty common fare in Early Medieval Britain but are pretty gross eel-like fish that still happily inhabit English rivers today. It is likely that they weren't ...


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According to this site: http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/2042196 Ivan the Terrible killed at least 60,000 people during his reign, but only publicly admitted to 3,750 people. Doing further research at this (http://www.guidetorussia.com/ivan-the-terrible.asp) website shows that the 60,000 killed was during a single event, so there was quite possibly many more ...


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No one will give you the exact number. Some historians, for example, tells about 200,000 or even 700,000 killed in Novgorod, but at that time the entire population of the city was about 40,000. Historian Ruslan G. Skrynnikov (1931-2009) in his books «Начало опричнины» (1966), «Опричный террор» (1969), «Иван Грозный» (1975) gives the number of 3,000-4,000 ...


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While I can't find much on when the sword was adopted (at least for the moment) I have found several sources that point towards answers for some of your other questions here. It appears that the method of death varied depending on who you were, or who was punishing you. The following refers to the reign of Caligula. Many men of honourable rank were ...


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Only the Upper Class was given the honour of execution by beheading - for commoners hanging and burning at the stake were used instead. Consequently beheadings were infrequent, and the executioner often inexperienced. A swift beheading required a calm sure swing, and the custom of having the condemned prisoner both forgive and pay the executioner was ...


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Even if Magellan did reach points further east than where he died, nonetheless, he himself never circumnavigated the Globe: Circumnavigate To sail or fly around; make the circuit of by navigation: to circumnavigate the earth. Circumnavigation means completing a circuit: A circular journey whereby you end up at the point where you started out - going ...


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This is a common misconception, cremation was not universal in ancient Greece. The Greeks had various funerary customs, that depended not only on local practices and customs but also on the social status of the deceased. Cremation was fairly common, however that doesn't mean that burial wasn't. In fact the more common practice in post Mycenaean times was ...


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Is there any truth in this, or was it a tradition at any point or place? It is an urban myth. Although I would have liked it to be true. It was discussed on the quiz show QI and on snopes.


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Long story short, yes, he did. He was for a brief time military counsellor for the sultan of Ternate (around 1512). Ternate lies on longitude 127 East.


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I'm not sure, but here is a good candidate: Experts suspect White was killed while trying to disarm a 9-inch, 75-pound naval cannonball, a particularly potent explosive with a more complex fuse and many times the destructive power of those used by infantry artillery. Biemeck and Peter George, co-author of a book on Civil War ordnance, believe White ...


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Ancient Egypt is thought to be the origination of the funeral tombstone, however the original name was Stele/Stela, and in plural stelae, comes from the latin, to stand. Stelae have been documented back to the first dynasty - 2890 B.C., they were used later by many number of other cultures. The highest recorded use is by Attica in Greece, example would be ...


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Peter the Great died due to disease.


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According to data table http://hist1.narod.ru/Science/Russia/Crisis.htm#_edn7 for one community in NW Rissia, the main reason of population decrease in the catastrophe of 1570-1571 were taxes ( together with road works 50 cases of an owner disappearing/death), oprichnina as direct reason - 11%, hunger - 20, epydemies - 11. So, minimally 2/3 cases of ...



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