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Why are there so few twins in political history?

As @BigDataLouis mentions in an answer he has deleted, Elvis Presley had an identical twin brother, delivered stillborn. You can find many more in the List of twins and Twins in mythology. Presley ...
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What sorts of people were popular celebrities in 17th to 19th century Europe?

This needs a frame challenge and then still ends up being some kind of a list answer, if answered just straight. The very first frame challenge would of course be that the very word for the concept is ...
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When did Robert Briscoe die?

30 May, 1969. Here is a copy of an obit published in the Desert Sun, Volume 42, Number 256, 30 May 1969 This information is confirmed by multiple other posted obituaries in the genealogical source, ...
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Why are there so few twins in political history?

Short Answer Perhaps the best known ancient or medieval twin is the Roman emperor Commodus, and there were also some notable parents of twins: the Roman dictator Sulla, the Roman emperor Marcus ...
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Who is Alexandra K. Trenfor? Is this quote accurate?

It's apparently a mystery. Cursory googling using the date tools suggests that the quote attributed to her began to appear out of nowhere in Facebook's early days, and it has been a mystery ever since....
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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

It seems that all those sources may preserve elements of how Jean Parisot de La Valette died. In his 1864 history, The Knights of Malta, Whitworth Porter described La Valette's death as follows: ...
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Did Jeanne d'Arc really tell a woman that she couldn't serve on the battlefield?

SHORT ANSWER 'Stay in the kitchen', yes (more or less), but this relates to a prophecy made by Catherine de La Rochelle, and had nothing to do with the battlefield. Joan of Arc said very little ...
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Who is the latest famous person to have no known likeness?

Thasunke Itko or Crazy Horse (c. 1840-1877) has no known image from his lifetime. There is a photograph allegedly but not certainly of him, and a drawing based on his sister's description made in ...
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Did George Orwell go by his alias in private life?

As you noted, he used Eric Blair in his family life even though he once wrote It took me nearly thirty years to work off the effects of being called Eric cited in Jeffrey Meyers, Orwell: Life ...
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How successfull were Albert Einstein's PhD mentees or children?

Einstein had no PhD students, although he did famously collaborate with junior colleagues on the EPR paradox. He had three children: Lieserl Her fate is unclear. She may well have died young, ...
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What was the context of Queen Juliana's "I can't understand it" quote?

Well, this appears to predate most of the 80's thoughts. The 60's versions of this quote give us a location at least, that she gave this quote while watching a demonstration of either an 'electronic ...
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What is the location of August Ferdinand Möbius' grave?

Möbius died in Leipzig and was buried right there: August Ferdinand Möbius died in Leipzig on September 26, 1868. He was buried there in the Alten Johannisfriedhof (Old St. John's Cemetery). Today, ...
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Did (other) PRC or Soviet leaders give 3+ hour congress speeches?

Yes, a 4-6 hour "main report" of the party leader to the congress was the norm throughout the time when the CPSU was in power. I remember having to study the Gorbachev's speech to the 27th ...
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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

Jean Parisot de La Valette developed a severe fever the day after he had been out hunting in extremely hot weather and never fully recovered. Valette, who was 73 at the time of his death, was also ...
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What's the origin of celebrating the anniversary of the death of a famous person rather than their birth?

Death anniversaries are as old as the hills. It is a prominent practice in traditional East Asian cultures, owing to ancestor worship. It is called 忌辰, 忌日 or 命日, all meaning "day of mourning". In ...
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Who had a private jet before Frank Sinatra?

One of the earliest owners of a private jet was Harold Vanderbilt whose wife can be seen pictured here on December 1, 1961 leaving a Lockheed Jetstar "to be delivered soon". Other early (maybe earlier)...
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Where is Henri Lebesgue's grave?

According to a notice published around the time of his death, Henri Léon Lebesgue is buried in the cemetery of Gouvieux, a small town in the Oise department of France. H. Fehr, "Henri Lebesgue ...
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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

The perceived discrepancies in question are not necessarily all too contradictory. Most accounts repeated elsewhere of this are very short and just leave out specifics. Further, earlier understandings ...
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Where is Heinrich Martin Weber's grave located?

It appears that Heinrich Weber's grave is no longer extant. The city archives of Strasbourg provide an online archive of burial records that include those from the year 1913. We find Weber in the list ...
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What are some examples of famous people in history who made big mistakes that they learnt from and this then led them to succeed?

Community wiki answer; please add examples. From the US Abraham Lincoln. Alexander Hamilton's mistake may not be appropriate for primary school children. George Washington's military career is an ...
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Where is Victor Puiseux's grave located?

Roland Brasseur, a retired French math teacher, maintains a website "Les mathématiciens du cimetière du Montparnasse" on which he records all the mathematicians buried in the large ...
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Are there any famous people who died from cancer before 1800?

Hatshepsut, 18th dynasty female pharaoh who ruled circa 1478–1458 BC, had bone cancer. Her identity and the diagnosis has been confirmed by scientific research. Ferdinand I of Naples, reigned 1458-94....
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Old audio recordings showing language change

You might find this site interesting: https://www.firstsounds.org First Sounds seeks out the world's oldest sound recordings—wherever they are. We rewrote history in 2008 when we discovered and ...
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What was the context of Queen Juliana's "I can't understand it" quote?

The best I could find with a fair bit of searching was your same Schmitt reference from 1988. It was introduced there as "was heard to exclaim". The implication there is that this wasn't a prepared ...
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Why are there so few twins in political history?

As a complement to other answers, Louis le Pieux, king of Franks and Western Emperor, who ruled half of Europe from 814 to his death in 840 (but for 18 months in 833-835), was born in 778 with a twin, ...
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Where is Dorothea Benze's grave?

The book you linked at archive.org, Gauss zum Gedächtniss by Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, from 1856, appears to say she was buried at the observatory in Gottingen. The relevant text (and ...
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What Insubordination Did Colonel Sanders Do With Prudential Life Insurance?

According to this wiki entry on Colonel Sanders, he was notoriously hard to get along with. Prior to Prudential Insurance, he had gotten fired from two jobs as a lawyer, one for getting into a fight ...
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Date of birth and the date of death of Marguerite-Claudine Legendre?

According to the site Geneanet, the details on Marguerite-Claudine Legrendre née Couhin are as follows: Born 8 July 1772, Paris Baptized 9 July 1772, Paris Married 18 December 1817, Sainte Marguerite ...
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Where is Édouard Lucas' grave?

Since he died in Paris, it is quite probably that he was buried there: Lucas died at the age of 49 (3 October 1891) from a severe infection following a freak accident: A waiter had wounded his ...
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Which of the following astronomers actually met in person? Copernicus/Brahe/Bruno/Galilei/Kepler

Just as mentioned in the comments, Copernicus doesn't really fit in the timeline, so we can skip him. So let's examine timeline and geopolitics here: Bruno is under arrest for the last 9 years of his ...
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