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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

I've just finished reading Sword and Scimitar by Simon Scarrow and wanted to know more about the non-fictional characters in the Siege of Malta. Jean Parisot de La Valette was the Grand Master and he ...
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Who is Alexandra K. Trenfor? Is this quote accurate?

There is a well-known quote flying around the internet attributed to a person named Alexandra K. Trenfor: “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” - ...
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Are there any famous people who died from cancer before 1800? [closed]

Cancer was described by the ancient Egyptians by 1600 BC and, much later, by Hippocrates and then Celsus during the early empire. Cases were diagnosed but there is no mention of people who were famous....
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Did Jeanne d'Arc really tell a woman that she couldn't serve on the battlefield?

When I was browsing TV Tropes today, I came across this interesting tidbit of information on Jeanne d'Arc's Useful Notes page: "Also, Joan has been attributed with feminist and/or populist views, ...
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Who had a private jet before Frank Sinatra?

The first jet aircraft flew in 1939. Militaries were the first customers of jets, in the 1940s. The de Havilland Comet, making commercial passenger flights from 1952, was the first jet designed for ...
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How successfull were Albert Einstein's PhD mentees or children?

I'm curious if there has been any study in the success of the children, PhD students, or people that Einstein trained? Does history show that direct frequent access to an extraordinary mind provide ...
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Did George Orwell go by his alias in private life?

This is an extremely specific question, but I can find no resource that suggests that he went by Eric Blair except in his family life. I am curious if he introduced himself as Orwell at gatherings, ...
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Old audio recordings showing language change

Languages change with time and pronunciation is one of the things that changes. What is interesting about pronunciation is that direct evidence of this change exists only since we invented audio ...
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What was the context of Queen Juliana's “I can't understand it” quote?

I came across a quotation in that piqued my interest. I can't understand it. I can't even understand the people who can understand it. — Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. I'd like to know ...
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Why are there so few twins in political history?

In Joan Oates' book Babylon, particularly the part about Sargon and his successors,¹ it is said that Sargon's son Rimush was killed in a palace conspiracy, possibly with the participation of his ...
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What Insubordination Did Colonel Sanders Do With Prudential Life Insurance?

I've been recently somewhat inspired by the story of Colonel Sanders, someone who experienced failure after failure and moved from job to job over his life, eventually going on to found Kentucky Fried ...
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What's the origin of celebrating the anniversary of the death of a famous person rather than their birth?

Some holidays are "celebrated" because a famous person that did something special in the past, died that specific day. I always thought that maybe it would be better to celebrate their birth rather ...
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Trying to identify this famous person. Young Johnny Unitas?

I was told by a friend that it looked like a young Johnny Unitas
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What did US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart study as an undergraduate?

Potter Stewart graduated as an undergraduate in 1937 from Yale University, and then served a Fellowship of one year at Cambridge University; but in what subjects did he major or specialise? I am ...
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Who is the latest famous person to have no known likeness?

Among historically famous people of Western Civilization which one is most lately born who has no known likeness? By "historically famous" I mean some person who is mentioned as being historically ...