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Why weren't army snipers used at the Munich massacre?

But why didn't they ask some snipers to resign from the armed forces and then hire them in the police force and deploy them? In a Hollywood movie the police would call up the local army base who ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

In the 1970's there were 3 basic poles of jeans in the USA: Levis, Wranglers, and "Designer". If you wanted to wear fully tight jeans, you were probably wearing "Designer jeans". ...
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Why weren't army snipers used at the Munich massacre?

A bit on the counterfactual side as this is, here are some small points to consider, most shall not contradict sempaiscuba's or Schwern's answers: The whole affair started in the early morning hours ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

This is from Wikipedia, showing Elvis Presley wearing drainpipes: Slim-fit pants/The 1950s. Elvis Presley wearing drainpipe jeans. In the 1950s; the waist was higher than on modern skinny jeans. The ...
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Was there a US state where video games were banned by accident?

This is probably in reference to several major US municipalities that banned pinball in the mid 20th century. Often this was because gambling machines were starting to disguise themselves as pinball ...
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Did American leaders give any serious consideration to proceeding with Nixon's impeachment and trial after he resigned?

Legalese When a person commits a crime, they become a subject to a judicial prosecution, with a notable exception of executives and other high government officials, who have to be Impeached first. In ...
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Why weren't army snipers used at the Munich massacre?

Firstly, I doubt very much whether the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) would have been fooled by the ruse for an instant! The legality of such a move would almost ...
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What is this "d-mac" device?

That is the D-Mac Cartographic Digitiser, seen here in the 1968 Design journal (Issue 234): It seems the D-Mac Cartographic Digitiser was developed from an earlier device called the D-Mac Pencil ...
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What was the Soviet reaction to the revelations about secret US programs like Projects ARTICHOKE, MKULTRA, MOCKINGBIRD, etc., revealed in the 1970s?

I think such news would find a place in short column articles in newspapers and in cartoons on international topics along with themes of racism, war crimes and religious backwardness and in political ...
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Why was there a sharp decline in the number of municipalities in West Germany in the 1970s?

The reduction was a deliberate policy. It is discussed at some length in section 2 of this paper by Hellmut Wollmann of Humboldt University. Firstly, there had been huge changes in the settlement ...
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Which operating system were the hackers at the MIT AI Lab using in 1971?

On the About GNU page of the GNU project, Richard Stallman himself states that the operating sysytem in use when he joined the MIT Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab in 1971 was the Incompatible ...
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What was the social condition of a pregnant single woman in the late 1970s in England?

Your situation describes not only a single mother, but a very young single mother. So we should first note that teenage pregnancy was much more common in 1970, and even though the abortion act of '67 ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

After doing more research, and reading the responses, I believe I've come to two reasonable conclusions: 1: There are simply many names for it depending on time and location, following no other ...
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Did airports have security checks before the 1970s?

This is a fair bit before my time, but the first two photographs at least seem quite reasonable. They're both technically from the 1970s anyway, and so doesn't contradict your impression. That said, ...
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What was the attendance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970? Was it the largest gathering ever in the UK? If not, what was?

It's always going to be difficult to get exact attendances for very large open-air gatherings as these are rarely all-ticket and often spread over a large area. So you're always going to have ...
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What is this "d-mac" device?

I was a design engineer with Dobbie McInnes ending up as Chief Engineer for Digitising Systems at Ferranti Infographics, so I can comment on these pictures. The centre picture is of a mid 1960s CF ...
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Can you identify this Soviet uniform from the 1970s to ~90s

That is a singer from the Red Army Choir. No longer called Red Army Song Ensemble of the M. V. Frunze Red Army Central House (Russian: Анса́мбль красноарме́йской пе́сни Центра́льного до́ма Кра́сной ...
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What was the Soviet reaction to the revelations about secret US programs like Projects ARTICHOKE, MKULTRA, MOCKINGBIRD, etc., revealed in the 1970s?

Soviet modus operandi First thing to consider is did the Soviets know about these experiments before things went public. Soviet intelligence agencies like KGB or GRU could have known something due to ...
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What was the social condition of a pregnant single woman in the late 1970s in England?

My mum was 16 when I was born in 1976. I only know what she has told me (she has sadly now passed away). She returned to complete her education 10 years later, but at the time there was no provision ...
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Why didn't the Pakistani military try to gain Kashmir from India in 1971 instead of launching an offensive in Rajesthan?

Background The main thrust of the Indian Army during the 1971 war was directed towards the eastern theatre, with the western sector envisaged as a holding operation to prevent the Pakistan Army from ...
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Where can I find video of Pierre Elliott Trudeau's concession in 1979?

The most relevant portion may be found in this show: YouTube: Webster! Full Episode May 23, 1979 (at ~2 min mark) Transcript: Now. Naturally. Naturally. Within two and through at most three days, I ...
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What was the attendance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970? Was it the largest gathering ever in the UK? If not, what was?

It may not have even been the biggest of Queen Elisabeth II's lifetime. I've seen estimates for the crowd at her Diamond Jubliee in 2012 ranging from 250,000 up to 500,000. Its at least fair to say it ...
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Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?

Magnetometer technology certainly existed back then and could easily have been packaged in two poles like that. I'd guess that they were a fairly low-frequency resonant circuit where the field sort ...
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Did American leaders give any serious consideration to proceeding with Nixon's impeachment and trial after he resigned?

No The impeachment motion had made it through a House committee, although the actual impeachment had yet to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. The latter process, as well as Nixon's ...
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Is there a difference between original 1768-71 and 1968-71 facsimile of 1st edition Encyclopaedia Brittanica

Not according to Google. With the aid of modern technology we have skillfully retained the antique look of hand-set type, the rust marks of age, the watermark of the paper and the richly decorated ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

As other pointed out, drainpipes. Or at least that was the commonest polite term used in UK/Ireland in the 70s for these jeans. Earthier phrases were used, depending on the wearer. Balls cutters and ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

Your question appears to include historical fiction. I.e. the story is fiction, but set in a historical period, and you are looking for information for your story, rather than just the single question ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

In the midwest U.S. in the early-to-mid 1960s, for boys/men the super-tight customized jeans were "pegged" (as @jamesqf comments above). Kids (or their moms?!?) could do this at home, to ...
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What was the 1970s name for skinny jeans?

My memory of the time was coming out of the late hippie era with the iconic pure bell-bottom jeans which were usually tight above the knee, then belled (not flared) out to usually past the shoe tip. ...
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Did American leaders give any serious consideration to proceeding with Nixon's impeachment and trial after he resigned?

It does not appear there was any recorded appetite for that in the US House. The House Resolution ending the the impeachment committee (and commending it for its work) passed with only 3 votes against ...
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