32 Illuminating Bits of Trivia That’ll Make You See History in a Whole New Light

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32 Illuminating Bits of Trivia That’ll Make You See History in a Whole New Light

Wait a minute! You’re telling us that our high school history textbooks didn’t accurately cover thousands of years of recorded history? We’re a little pissed off that we didn’t get the whole story, but our spines are glad we didn’t have to lug a mammoth history book to class every day. These facts are fun enough that we’d gladly toss them in our knapsacks.

President Hoover briefly had a possum as a pet at the White House. Some toymakers tried and failed to market Billy the Possum toys. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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JFK refused to let Sammy Davis Jr. perform at his inauguration because of Davis' interracial marriage Davis had campaigned for John F. Kennedy, but Kennedy was upset that Davis had married a white actress. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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The Indus Valley Civilization existed across the Indian subcontinent from 3300 to 1300 ВСЕ. There's plenty of evidence of incredible things they accomplished - advanced architecture, road systems and plumbing - but none that they ever fought wars. CRACKED

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CROATOAN Roanoke Colony, founded in 1585, was intended to be America's first English settlement, but was abandoned by 1590. The word CROATOAN was carved into the fence surrounding it, suggesting their destination (Croatoan Island), but nothing was ever found. CRACKED

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Jewish resistance fighters fought against Nazi persecution From rescue missions to underground railroads to launching attacks even within camps, many Jewish people risked their lives to save others. CRACKED.COM

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No Black person was given a Medal of Honor for WWII until 1997 Vernon Baker was the only living recepient of the seven Black people who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service in WWII decades later. CRACKED.COM

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On the Manhattan Project, safety standards basically didn't exist. In a key experiment, the plutonium was contained by one technician holding a screwdriver. But the screwdriver slipped, and the plutonium killed the technician. This happened twice. CRACKED.COM

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The first man returning from space was met by potato farmers. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin parachuted from his space capsule down to the village of Saratov, and walked up (in his orange spacesuit) to a woman farming potatoes with her granddaughter. They freaked out the moment they saw him, then he calmly told them who he was. CRACKED.COM

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