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How Did Zimbabwe End Up with Just $217 in the Bank?

The Zimbabwe government reached an all-time low when their public bank account revealed $217 within it. With the upcoming elections and their citizens suffering from hunger and poverty, international aid was deemed necessary.  After providing the salaries of the civil servants, the finance minister of Zimbabwe announced that there was only $217 in the government’s …

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How Did Former US President Harry S. Truman Learn About the Manhattan Project?

During the Second World War, powerhouses like the United States started working on nuclear weapons to destroy their enemies and eventually win the war. The project to create a fully functional atomic weapon was kept a secret the whole time. If so, how did former US President Harry Truman find out about it? While serving …

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La Reyne Le Veult: Why Are Bills in the English Parliament Confirmed in French?

The United Kingdom’s Parliament possesses all legislative supremacy thus holding all political decisions in the UK and over their colonies. One of the other major jobs of the parliament is to debate on and pass laws. Before officially using English in the 1400s, the parliament used to conduct their hearings in Norman French. Today, when …

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James K. Polk is the only US president who pledged to serve only one term during his campaign. He was known for fulfilling all his major promises and died 3 months after his term ended, making his retirement the shortest. He is also the only speaker of the house to be elected as president.

James K. Polk “James Polk” redirects here. For other people with the same name, see James Polk (disambiguation). James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and Governor of Tennessee …

James K. Polk is the only US president who pledged to serve only one term during his campaign. He was known for fulfilling all his major promises and died 3 months after his term ended, making his retirement the shortest. He is also the only speaker of the house to be elected as president. Read More »

In 1991 a youth group in Denmark wrote to Gorbachev of Russia to ask for a free submarine. He said yes, and 3 years later they received a massive 76 meter (250 ft) submarine.

S-359 (U359) The Rolling Gallery in Kolding was a youth activation project that in 1991 asked the then reigning president of the Soviet Union Gorbachev if he would donate a submarine as a symbol of peace between East and West. Included in the agreement was that it should be renovated via the activation project and …

In 1991 a youth group in Denmark wrote to Gorbachev of Russia to ask for a free submarine. He said yes, and 3 years later they received a massive 76 meter (250 ft) submarine. Read More »

Habsburg Emperor Joseph II tried to reform Austria into “ideal Enlightened state”. He abolished serfdom, removed restrictions against Jews, gave religious freedom to Protestants and Orthodox and tried to weaken power of Catholic church. But as soon he died all his reforms were abolished

Josephinism “Josephists” redirects here. For the medieval heretics, see Josephines. For other uses, see Josephites. Joseph II by Anton von Maron, 1775 Josephinism was the collective domestic policies of Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (1765–1790). During the ten years in which Joseph was the sole ruler of the Habsburg Monarchy (1780–1790), he attempted to legislate …

Habsburg Emperor Joseph II tried to reform Austria into “ideal Enlightened state”. He abolished serfdom, removed restrictions against Jews, gave religious freedom to Protestants and Orthodox and tried to weaken power of Catholic church. But as soon he died all his reforms were abolished Read More »