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[Another] question quotes Terry Prattchett as: "The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated." Is this a fair comparison with its inference that British currency was significantly more complex than decimal currency? No. The quote is from Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett (not Prattchett) and ...


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They didn't. The Soviets grabbed some splashy firsts, but the timeline of first achievements is interleaved showing only very narrow capability gaps. Some areas, such as imagining, were dominated by the US because they wanted spy satellites. The civilian space race started when both the US and Soviets in 1955 announced they would launch satellites to ...


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There's an interesting political angle to be made here. Starting with their meeting in 1946, Eisenhower cultivated a relationship with Lee-biographer, journalist and Virginia politician Douglas Southall Freeman, whose tomes on Lee (although winning a journalism award in the 1940s) were described by some later historians as rather hagiographical. According to ...


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It's hard to say for sure, but I strongly suspect it was named for the historic Palmyra in Syria. Most of the American settlements were only established (or renamed) after 1802 - skimming the WP articles, I get them as GA 1840, IL #1 1855, IL #2 unknown (but almost certainly later), IL #3 1814, IN 1839, ME 1807, MO 1819, NE 1870, NJ 1849, NY 1796, OH #1 1807,...


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Here is a comparison chart with rough equivalences between coin values. I've matched coins at an approximate ratio of "1£ : $4" as covering both coin ranges and approximating the exchange rate of the time. s. / d.1 Pence Equiv. Coin / Note Name U.S. Value Cents Equiv. U.S. Coin 0 / ⅛ ⅛ d. Half-Farthing - - - 0 / ¼ ¼ d. Farthing $0, ½₵ ½₵ Half ...


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It appears he went as far as trying to convince African leaders of officially raising the issue. WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 —The State Department and the Justice Department have begun to take an interest in Malcolm X's campaign to convince African states to raise the question of persecution of American Negroes at the United Nations. The Black Nationalist leader ...


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My Grandmother, who was a teacher, said that adults back then naturally thought in fractions and not decimals. You've got to consider there were no pocket calculators and for both mental arthritic and abacuses divisions in terms of ratios of natural numbers. Everything someone experienced growing up in those days: Measuring devices (no digital scales then, ...


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Your question is based on a misconception, which is that there was any sort of "space race" before the Soviets launched Sputnik. The US had some fairly low budget research programs, such as Project Vanguard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Vanguard Unlike the Soviet programs, they were regarded as purely scientific*, and so did not use ICBMs ...


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To preface, you might be a little hard-pressed to find a consolidated database for rail fares information from that time period on the internet. The best case scenario would be local timetables that survived in some archive, or maybe internal correspondence that happens to include the pricing policies, both of which have a low chance to be digitized. That ...


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I was there. (1960s) It was not confusing. Divide one old pound by three is 6/8. (six shillings and eight pence.) Divide a modern pound or a dollar by three and... The same goes for multiplication. Three jam doughnuts at fourpence is instantly a shilling. Having distinctive coinage made things easier still. 7/6 is three half-crowns (Instant after nearly ...


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