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Mar
3
comment Who really put to flight American hostages in America's embassy in Tehran in 1979?
This answer appears to be about the "Canadian Caper", which did not involve any of the embassy hostages. You really ought to clarify that.
Mar
1
comment Who really put to flight American hostages in America's embassy in Tehran in 1979?
It looks like you might be working off of some stories about the Hostage Crisis with which many of us are unacquainted. You might have better luck if you start with the standard story of their release, tell us what variants from that you heard, and then ask us what you want to know..
Mar
1
comment Who really put to flight American hostages in America's embassy in Tehran in 1979?
I'm confused. If you are referring to the so called "Canadian Caper" (as dramatized in the movie Argo), the people involved were not US Embassy Hostages. They were people who happened to be in a separate building when the hostages were taken. Different group of people. They were never hostages.
Feb
28
comment Fiji and the Indian Community
What exactly do you want to know, that isn't answered by the wikipedia page en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ?
Feb
28
comment How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
Backing up Mark here. Practices varied, but by the mid 1800's in most of the South it was actually illegal to free a slave. Dred Scott established that their legal status was that of property, so they could not use the court system themselves for anything.
Feb
28
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Feb
28
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Feb
27
comment Transatlantic Zeppelin Flight Time
Good answer. I would quibble about the last sentence a bit Which way the prevailing winds tend to blow depends on where you are, what altitude you are at, and sometimes the time of year. Jets fly much higher than Airships (in the "jet stream"). None of this affects the main point of this answer though.
Feb
26
answered Why have officers in the U.S. army tended to “top out” at the level of Major?
Feb
26
comment The history of the idea that lack of moral censure leads to decline
I view Gibbon as just one more example of the history of the "moral decline" theories that the OQ was talking about. So clearly these ideas were around in the 18th century.
Feb
25
revised Muslim population in Islamic Iberia
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Feb
25
comment Muslim population in Islamic Iberia
@choster - If we can assume (for the sake of our already very rough calculation) that the vast majority of the inhabitants of Muslim-controlled areas were Muslim, and Christian-controlled areas were Christian, then you can get at that. Depending on what he wants to glean from his numbers, this may be a good simplification. If not, well I'm sorry. These are the best numbers I have access to.
Feb
23
answered Muslim population in Islamic Iberia
Feb
23
comment Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
@Drux - Done. You have no idea how much that Regan-Reagan thing screwed me up for the 8 years I had to suffer through it.
Feb
23
revised Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
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Feb
23
revised Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
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Feb
23
answered Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
Feb
22
comment Where did the design of the US Colonel insignia come from?
The cynic in me would like to believe the bird insignia has to do with Colonel Sanders, but the timing is wrong. :-)
Feb
22
comment Nymphodorus of Syracuse
Word to the wise: be very careful when searching for this name on the internet. ;-)
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@DVK - I did. You probably didn't notice because I spelled it "Yuan". :-)