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Japanese AC power outlets were first standardised in 1926 with the publication of the "挿込型接続器標準仕様書" (lit., "Standard for a Insertable Connector"), which became JIS C 8303. At the time, Japan was barely an industrial nation, and generally relied on imported power outlets. The leading designs up for consideration were thus the German Schuko and the American "2-...


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Your concerns about money notwithstanding, they almost certainly would have taken the train. In the early 1900s, the United States had a well-developed rail network (see, for example, this map from 1918), and it was by far the cheapest form of long-distance transportation for both passengers and freight. A farm family would most likely have walked or ...


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No. It is true the US Coastal Command found itself with a lack of ASW assets in Dec 1941. According to uboat.net the Eastern Sea Frontier had... 4 Yard Patrol Boats 4 Subchasers 1 Coast Guard Cutter 3 Eagle-class patrol boats 103 aircraft, five of which were combat ready However, the 50 old destroyers would not have made a significant difference. More ...


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Update (more updates following the original post): It has been expressed as dubious that children in 1911 could bicycle this distance with their parents. Let's investigate that. The current road distance Indianapolis to Dallas is 900 miles; let's call it 1000 miles in 1911. Rural school age children of 1911 routinely walked for 60 to 90 minutes twice a day ...


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This answers primarily the first version of the question that is still evidenced in the misconception of the title, and thus the rest of this answer is still relevant to read in conjunction with semaphore's answer, which would otherwise re-inforce these misconceptions: Q Why does Japan use the same type of AC power outlet as the US? This is actually not ...


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"International Geophysical Year" (IGY) ran from from 1 July 1957 to 31 December 1958. Eisenhower's speech in October 1957 was being made in that context. Image source Wikimedia The United States' Explorer 1 satellite was launched as one of the projects for that year. The US intention to launch an artificial satellite during the IGY had been announced in ...


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It's hard to say what specific event Chomsky was meaning since he didn't provide a specific reference, but he may have been referencing what's explained in this NYT article from 1992: How did the Iraqis learn to use such specialized equipment? In large part from the United States Government. In August 1989, the Pentagon and the Department of Energy ...


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Wikipedia's article on Jewish deicide makes clear that the Catholic Church had downplayed Jewish responsibility for the death of Jesus at the Council of Trent, centuries before. As you suggest, at Vatican II the concept was explicitly rejected. Of course, these edicts are not necessarily what is taught or learned in local schools. Your story is sadly ...


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Is there a time in US history when bicycle ridership was more prevalent than now? I haven't tried very hard to dig up hard data, but based on general trends, I suspect probably not. The Wikipedia article on "bike booms" is illuminating here. The 1890s was the first major wave of popularity for bicylcing, but at that it was almost exclusively done for ...


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I'm going to preface this by saying that I don't know German, so I can't go double-check exactly what those terms mean to verify that its being portrayed right (both by you and the authors), as I would normally like to do before answering something like this. 61-63 was not during the Vietnam war. At least not the US's involvement in it. That didn't really ...


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Based on the wonderful input research leads I have received here, I am tracing a route using wagon from Eel Creek, Ind., to railroad station, with possible periodic steamboat and wagon travel, arriving in Houston depot, then wagon to Bloomington, Tx. destination. Here are two maps I found from your leads: 1910 U.S. Railroads and 1911 Auto-Steamship Map My ...


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Short answer: No, it is very unlikely that there was an assumed convention, understanding etc. that slaves should be sold further north for whatever reason. All though there may be documented cases of individuals that had such thoughts, there is more reliable documentation showing that the opposite is more likely to be true. Long Answer: As is other ...


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A quote from the Wikipedia article Boston Tea Party states: The Tea Act in 1773 authorized the shipment of 5,000 chests of tea (250 tons) to the American colonies. There would be a tax of £1,750 to be paid by the importers when the cargo landed. So this would seem to be a normal payment on arrival customs procedure which is still used today.


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Consignees paid the tax on arrival in the Custom House. The customs officials werr employed by the Crown. This is mentioned in any detailed history of colonial taxation or unrest, but this looks like a good resource for more detail: Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. Carp.


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Before the highway system was introduced in 1926, a series of Auto trail routes were developed. So the following may have existed in 1911 Chicago, Kansas City and Gulf Highway ending at Gavelston, Texas together with some form of trunk road system leading to such a route.


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Was Deicide officially taught in American Catholic (“parochial”) schools and if so, when did it officially end? Short Answer: This isn't a Catholic thing it's a Christian thing and historically and in modern times is more associated with scapegoating, superstition, and prejudice than it is with main stream Christian beliefs. No it has never ...


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No, deicide was not taught in any Catholic schools in the 20th century, except possibly heretical or mistaken ones. The reason is simple--deicide is not possible in Catholic doctrine, since God cannot die. This has been Catholic (and Greek Orthodox and, following them both, mainline Protestant) teaching at least since the Council of Chalcedon in 451, which ...


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I am not at all sure it was that long ago that interest in social dancing waned. I am curious why singles dances weren't even mentioned here as I was very active in that scene for many years. I eventually stopped going to them because more of the women who attended were the type who felt that if you weren't Prince Charming you weren't worth a few minutes on ...


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