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What uniform is in this picture? and when the unit would have been active?

I believe it belongs to the Caribbean Regiment (British Islands), but I heard most of the records no longer exist. I also think they fought during WWII, but I’m not sure the person in uniform would ...
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Did Soviet people decorate their own homes with outdoor Christmas lights?

As far back as the 1960s, it has been common in North America for people to decorate their homes with strands of outdoor lights during the winter holiday season. In the neighbourhood where I live, at ...
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Why did the Egyptians wait so long to introduce the leap year?

According to “The Accidental Superpower” by Peter Zeihan: “The mind-set of eternal stability was so deeply entrenched that when ancient Egyptian scholars discovered that they had failed to account ...
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What is the significance and customs of the "7 days" of mourning? (Genesis 50:10)

I asked this question on the Biblical Hermeneutics site and they recommended I ask it here: The Bible says in Genesis 50:10-11 10 Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the ...
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When were collapsible umbrellas invented?

While umbrellas have been around for ages, when did collapsible umbrellas similar to current ones became common? That means having a frame and being easily opened and closed without having to be ...
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How much did Queen Elizabeth I spend on her wardrobe over her reign?

Queen Elizabeth I of England had over 2000 expensive bejeweled gowns when she died. While she was thrifty by refurbishing her gowns when possible and giving some away to maids as payment what would ...
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What is this seal that looks like a bell?

The box on the top left of this picture is stamped with a seal that resembles a bell. Below is LOC photo of the replica of Oswald's gun. The stamp is located in the top left. LOC notes on the photo ...
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What is the earliest known example of triplets?

I have just come across the case of a woman who had triplets (a boy and two girls) baptised in Edinburgh on 9th April 1709. How long they survived after this, I don't know, but they survived to ...
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Did the Egyptians grow beans during the time when the pyramids were built?

I was reading the paper about the discovery of a microfossil species and this line caught my eye: The equally learned Strabo, however, had recorded that the Egyptian Nummulites were the petrified ...
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Did anybody ever go and look for extinct but sighted homo species on Flores and Papua New Guinea? [closed]

Last month I read the book "Ich schwimme nicht mehr da, wo die Krokodile sind" (link). A wonderful book written by Sabine Kuegler, the Author of Jungle Child (link). She grew up among ...
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Are there historical wars in which both sides commited genocide on each other?

Historically, genocides are often associated with a strong power asymmetry. For example, the Jews in the Holocaust, the Romani in the Porajmos, the Ukrainians in the Holodomor, the Armenians in the ...
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Did the Crisis of the late Middle Ages cause a notable expansion of wilderness in Europe?

There was a lot of wild forest in the early Middle Ages, around 75% in the 9th century according to Wikipedia, much of which was cleared during the population boom in the High Middle Ages. I also read ...
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What were the average prices of diamonds in the late 1940s, in France specifically?

I’m writing this little story in which the main character is a diamond dealer/scammer set in late 40s Paris. She sells diamonds to clients but they’re actually fake and stuff like that. I need a ...
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When archaeology says "a 12th century structure", does it mean the structure EXISTED till 12th century or it was BUILT in 12th century? [closed]

When archaeological study says "a 12th century structure", does it mean they found a structure in the 12th century "layer"? If a structure was built in 12th century and existed ...
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How dangerous were the streets of Brooklyn in 1924?

My local newspaper's website has the front pages of various old editions of the paper, and among them was one with this image: It shows a newly-installed traffic safety sign in Brooklyn, with ...
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Is there a connection between The Establishment Clause and the fact that The United States has never fought a war in the name of Religion? [closed]

Since the drafting and enactment of The Establishment Clause-(The First Amendment and The Freedom of Religion) in 1791, the United States has never fought a war in the name of religion. The U.S. has ...
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Who was this person in the Early Modern Period who wrote a manual on writing "good science"?

In a history lecture a while back the teacher spoke about a person who wrote something that (to me) sounded like an instruction manual on how to write "good science". The basic point was ...
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Has anyone ever used an eclipse to scare people?

It is a recurring theme in fiction that a knowledgeable person scares off some ignorant by pretending that the solar eclipse is caused by the wrath of gods, or similar. For example, see the Pharaoh by ...
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Who was the first Pharaoh? [closed]

Firstly, What is the oldest record that refers to the ruler of Egypt as "Pharaoh", and the reasons that led to this "break with tradition" of using the title(s) of his predecessors?...
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Are there any first-person subjective reports from individuals exposed to Agent BZ?

Agent BZ is a chemical weapon explored by the US military which induces overwhelming hallucinogenic states. While there's a fair amount of data on the history of this subjects and the rough ...
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How tall was an average person in ancient Israel?

As has long been known, Goliath's height wasn't as impressive as most people would believe. However, I've been thinking; even at the lowest estimates he still would've been taller than an average even ...
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Were people in the USA surprised and shocked by the launch of Sputnik in 1957? [closed]

Were a lot of US citizens, especially US leaders, surprised and shocked when the USSR launched the first artifical satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957?
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Identify a WW1 uniform

What is this uniform? Photo of my grandfather. I believe he was in the British Army in India during WW1, possibly Army Pay Corps as he was deaf so could not fight. I cannot find anything about the ...
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Are there private schools founded in the South, founded between 1954 and 1976, that are not regarded as segregation academies?

The concept a segregation academy is interesting to me because it imputes a motive to people's actions that (at least in some cases) they do not themselves admit. For instance, this 2002 newspaper ...
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During the American Civil War, what legal authority did the Union states claim over the Confederate states? [duplicate]

In the book "Three Months in the Southern States" by Sir Arthur James Lyon Fremantle, a travelogue written by a Scottish writer as he travels around the Confederacy during the American Civil ...
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What gods-related interjections were used by people in polytheistic cultures?

There are plenty of interjections that have nothing to do with deities. But I'm curious about deity interjections. Presumably, people in polytheistic cultures used gods' names in analogous ...
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What was the expected survival time for a person infected with syphillis in the 1930s?

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study had the following survival rates for the participants as of: In the study, investigators enrolled a total of 600 impoverished African-American sharecroppers from Macon ...
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How did PHS researchers prevent Tuskegee experiment participants from obtaining treatment on their own?

According to the Wikipedia article: During World War II, 256 of the infected subjects registered for the draft and were consequently diagnosed as having syphilis at military induction centers and ...
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What proportion of UK civilians killed in the first and second world wars were women and children?

I recently learnt that the number of UK civilians killed in the first world war is around 2,000. This seems surprisingly low but understandable when we realize that the UK wasn't subject to a land ...
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Have there been situations in US history or other countries, where a 2 person election will elect A, but by adding a third person, B is elected? [closed]

Has it ever occurred in US history or in other countries, where: Person A and Person B both are Presidential candidates. Say, 60% of people are pro Person A, and 40% are pro Person B Now, a third ...
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Nazi Germany and International Law Before 1945

The fall of the Axis powers accompanied the 'birth' of the international legal system in its modern form. While the ICJ's predecessor, the PCIJ, was essentially defunct through WW2, there was a ...
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Did the Dutch eat their Prime Minister?

According to this article an angry—one might add hungry—Dutch mob feasted on the mutilated remains of their ‘Grand Pensionary’ (i.e. Prime Minister) De Witt and his brother: There are accounts of ...
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Which decade was this US Army Field Artillery ring created? [duplicate]

This is a US Army Field Artillery ring, does anyone know which decade it was made?
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Is there evidence that the ancient Persians debated every matter once sober and once drunk?

An interesting comment on this question led me to investigate the claim that the ancient Persians would debate every matter once whilst drunk, and once whilst sober (with no particular emphasis on ...
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What was the standard time in the Principality of Lippe?

Before the German Reich introduced the Middle European Time as standard time for the whole of Germany in 1893, which time was used in the Principality of Lippe (Fürstentum Lippe)?
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Did Austro-Hungarian emperor literally wear two crowns?

From George Antonius' The Arab Awakening: The Arab provinces were to form a single kingdom with its own parliament and local government, and with Arabic as the language of its institutions; the ...
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What about dairy pasteurisation might have made the issue so important to Lord Rothschild?

It’s known that in 50+ years of Lordship, Lord Rothschild only addressed the house twice: Once was about the Zionist question The other was about instituting compulsory pasteurisation of dairy It’s ...
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Has it been common for Lords to only address the House twice in their entire career?

It is often stated by conspiracy theorists that Lord Rothschild only ever addressed the House of Lords twice in his entire 52 year career, once about Palestine/Israel, and once about mandating the ...
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What happened to the four remaining men arrested as part of the plot against George Washington?

Brad Meltzer's book The First Conspiracy on the plot to kill George Washington by members of his personal guard during the first year of the revolution states that 5 men were arrested for the plot. It ...
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In ancient Sumer, what would happen if a child inherited an estate?

Let us suppose that in ancient Sumer, a wealthy man who is the head of his household has two living children, a daughter and a son. The daughter is older, but both offspring are considered to be ...
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How were streets lit at night, before street lights were invented? [closed]

For example, how were the streets of ancient Greek cities and of ancient Rome lit at night? I suspect that street lights as we know today didn't exist in ancient Greece and Rome, so there were other ...
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Did census in Ancient History gathered any other information than number of people?

According to different articles, Babylonians and ancient Greeks, Chineses, Romans and Egyptians made census (and perhaps several other civilizations I'm not aware of) Did census in Ancient History ...
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How did blackpowder sharpshooters achieve precision?

I was wondering about this since I delved into the naval warfare of the age of sail and noticed the mentions of having sharpshooters on the masts of ships to pick off valuable targets. It seems to ...
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Is there any historical evidence of Picts originating from Scythia? [closed]

I am reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles which states early on, this passage: The island Britain (1) is 800 miles long, and 200 miles broad. And there are in the island five nations; English, Welsh (...
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How did the builders of Derinkuyu light it?

I understand that the air shafts and deep streams incorporated into the underground city of Derinkuyu covered the essentials, and they doubtless harvested and stored food from surface farms, but there ...
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Is there evidence that Mauthausen Concentration Camp commander Franz Ziereis’s son shot prisoners of the camp?

In the Spanish film the photographer of Mauthausen there is a scene of a party held to celebrate the birthday of the son of Mauthausen Concentration Camp commander (Franz Ziereis). In the scene the ...
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What was John Adams' quote about his influence on American history?

There's a quote where John Adams says something about his "touching springs and turning wheels," a metaphor for his actions influencing events leading up to the Revolutionary War. I'm ...
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If a Lieutenant in the U.S Marine Corps is at war and dies, and headquarters can't send a replacement, who replaces him?

I've been learning about the U.S. Marine Corps recently, and I've been trying to figure out how Enlists get promoted to Officers. One way I learned about is a super long training course, but I'm ...
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What are "stripes" in relation to ancient Roman slaves?

I'm reading the Cambridge medieval history collection, specifically the chapter on Roman law (Justinian and earlier, vol2, ch3), and there is this sentence pertaining to serfs: And for some offences, ...
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Did Steamboat Willie use this black and white poster for its theatrical release in 1928?

This black and white theatrical poster of Steamboat Willie is available on wikipedia, which claims it was used in the 1928 release. But I can't find a reliable source that it's real. The source is ...
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