Only one man in history has ever turned down the Nobel Peace Prize: Vietnamese revolutionary, diplomat and politician, Le Duc Tho. For his role as Vietnam’s chief negotiator in the Paris Peace Accords, in 1973 he was jointly awarded the prize alongside his American counterpart, Henry Kissinger. chaohanoi.com/2021/01/04/…
When future US President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874, his father announced the news by saying, "We have another General Grant at our house!", referencing the incumbent chief executive. This rural Iowan blacksmith would die nearly fifty years before his son fulfilled the prediction. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Nancy Grace Roman: called β€˜The Mother of Hubble’ telescope program. NASA's 1st chief astronomer. She paved the way in taking Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality. Her interest to astronomy was sparked because of her walks with her mom who would show her constellation and auroras. solarsystem.nasa.gov/peop…
In order to film on the island featured in 'Cast Away', the location manager Mary Morgan had to meet with the chieftains several times, perform ceremonial prayers, give and receive ceremonial gifts, and get permission from the chiefs and their 80 family members. youtube.com/watch?v=0lBAi…
Vajrapāṇi, chief protector of Buddha, is shown in 2nd century art as a muscular and bearded figure. This is because of the Hellenistic influence on Mahayana Buddhism - Vajrapāṇi's appearance is based on Heracles. wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrap…
A blue swastika, the ancient symbol of the sun and good luck, was adopted as the insignia of the Finnish Air Force. The swastika was officially taken into use after an order by Commander-in-Chief C. G. E. Mannerheim on 18 March 1918 the FAF changed its insignia, which resembled the Nazi Swastik en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Policeman Bob Geary used a dummy as his partner. A new police chief disallowed its usage, so Geary worked to put the usage of the dummy on the ballot. The referendum passed and Geary used the dummy until his retirement 7 years later, at which time the mayor declared the day "Officer Geary Day." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi vowed to pay the average adoption fee of $150 for every dog at a Missouri shelter if the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. They won, and Nnadi paid the fees. A few days later, all 109 shelter dogs had been adopted. cnn.com/2020/02/07/us/kan…
The longest serving Vietnam draftee retired from the US Army in 2014 after 42 years of service. Ralph Rigby was drafted in 1972 at the age of 19 and went on to retire as Chief Warrant Officer 5. armytimes.com/news/your-a…
A stowaway Kiddo the Cat became the first feline to attempt to cross the Atlantic in an airship. His eventual howling led to chief engineer Melvin Vaniman making the first radio message from an aircraft in flight: "Roy, come and get this ---damn cat." airandspace.si.edu/storie…
β€˜Maui’ in Moana is Based off Dwayne Johnson’s Real-Life Grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia of Samoa cinemablend.com/news/1710…
When the first Spanish explorers went through what would become the Eastern United States they described large towns of natives with giant mounds in the center, ruled by a chief known as the β€œGreat Sun”. By the time British settlers arrived disease had decimated America’s original civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
The distinction for owning the largest harem in history could well belong to 6th century BCE King Tamba of Banaras. It is believed that his harem included some sixteen thousand inmates and was presided over by the chief queen Sussondi. billionairegambler.com/20…
Chief Running Antelope was the only Native American featured on U.S. paper money. U.S. designers swapped his Sioux head dress for an incorrect Pawnee head dress because the correct head dress was too tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
The tradition of using "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of the US President was established by 11th President James Polk's wife. Polk himself was not deemed an impressive figure, so his wife Sarah had a band play the song to end his embarrassment of entering a room and no-one noticing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
A NASA chief engineer tried debunking the theory that Ezekiel's Wheel could be a description of an ancient alien spacecraft. After re-reading the Bible he ended up supporting the theory and published an academic paper and novel on the topic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide. lewis-clark.org/article/2…
According to an MI5 agent who infiltrated the Provisional IRA, Irish Republican chiefs couldn’t bring themselves to attack targets in Scotland during the Troubles because they viewed them as β€œCeltic cousins” heraldscotland.com/news/1…
MythBusters made an episode in which they tested credit card security. Discovery was forced not to air the episode, after a conference call with chief Legal Counsels representing the major companies, demanded the episode not be aired – which would expose major flaws in credit card security. youtube.com/watch?v=9IOML…
Tickets to the Met Gala cost $30,000 each. Even if they are purchased, Anna Wintour, Vogue's editor in chief, must approve of the person going. This also applies to who can join tables purchased for the event which are $200,000 to $300,000. thecut.com/article/what-i…
The man credited with saving both Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 was forced to resign years later while serving as the Chief of NASA when Texas Senator Robert Krueger blamed him for $500 million of overspending on Space Station Freedom, which later evolved into the International Space Station (ISS). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Shanghai heroin trade in the 1920s was dominated by two men. One was Chief of Police, the other was head of the government Anti-Opium Board. shanghailiving.com/shangh…
The first scientist named in history was En Hedu’anna, the chief astronomer-priestess of Ur. She lived around 2300 BC, the only daughter of the great empire architect Sargon of Akkad, and called the Shakespeare of the ancient world as her works were studied for 500 years or more after her death. aas.org/posts/news/2020/0…
Today I learned of Battle of Plassey where Bengali army chief Mir Jafar betrayed the Nawab of Bengal after being promised he would be the new ruler. British victory in Plassey, where they annexed Bengal. allowed them to kick the French and the Dutch out of India and establish Company Rule in India and Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
A California dam collapse in 1928 is considered one of the worst engineering disasters in US history. Its chief engineer took sole responsibility, testifying, "If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human." Over 400 people were killed when the dam failed in the middle of the night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Touch the Clouds was a Chief of the Lakota Indian Tribe. He was a friend of Crazy Horse. Fought in The Battle of Little Bighorn. Some historians report he was around 6'10, 280 pounds. He was a great warrior, highly intelligent, diplomatic and well respected by Natives and white men alike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
In 1962, K Kamaraj, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India, introduced midday meal scheme which improved literacy rate from 21 to 45% in 20yrs in that state en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Joe Exotic was a cop, and became chief of police of a small Texas town at age 19 moviemaker.com/joe-exotic…
In 1913, the fire chief for the town of Fort Saskatchewan had to appear in court for speeding while responding to a fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The chief of security of the company hired to organize and promote McDonald's giveaways, stole almost all of the top prizes between 1995 and 2000. The scam netted over $24 million. The trial began on September 10, 2001, but was overshadowed in the media by the September 11 attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, repeatedly warned Viennas hardline Chief of Staff that continued harsh oppression of the Serbians would eventually draw Austria into a war with Russia and spell the doom of both empires. Neither empire survived World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Today I learned of an island in Scotland named Eilean a’ Chombraidh, commonly known as the β€œIsle of Discussion,” a tiny island located south of Loch Leven’s, where arguing members of the MacDonald Clan were sent to the island by the clan’s chief and had to remain there until coming to a mutual agreement vinepair.com/articles/sco…
Mary Bickerdyke, chief of nursing to the Union army during the Civil War, built 300 hospitals, witnessed 19 battles and employed escaped & former slaves to run laundry services. She was so respected that patients called her "Mother" and Gen. Sherman called her "one of his best generals." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Capt. James Martin Stag, President Eisenhower's Chief Meteorologist, whose defiant decision to delay the Allies' invasion of Normandy from June 5th to June 6th due to weather conditions was dubbed "The most important weather forecast of all time". usatoday.com/story/weathe…
One of the chief executives of American Motors had a habit that every time he thought his salary and bonus was too high for a year, he would give the excess back to his company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2012, the Health Chief of British Columbia (Canada) proposed legalizing MDMA and selling like alcohol. nationalpost.com/news/can…
The father of the sixth President of Israel moved to Ireland, learned fluent Irish Gaelic, became Ireland’s first chief rabbi, supported the First DΓ‘il and the Irish Republicans during the Irish War of Independence, and became close friends with Γ‰amon de Valera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yit…
Jim Garrison, the Attorney that investigated JFKs assassination, has a Cameo in Oliver Stones "JFK" as Earl Warren (Chief Justice of the USA). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about the Tracy Tire Fire which occurred in Aug. 1998 after a spark caused a grass fire that ignited over 7 million illegally dumped tires. The fire wasn’t officially extinguished until Dec. 2000. A fire chief once compared the burning dump site to the result of an "atomic bomb attack." sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Deland McCullough, former NFL player, and current RB coach for the Chiefs, was given up for adoption at birth in 1973. He found his birth mother in 2017. She told him the name of his father, who turned out to be his college coach and mentor throughout his adult life. espn.com/espn/feature/sto…
George Washington appointed John Rutledge as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court while the Senate was on recess. The Senate refused to confirm Rutledge, making him the first and only Supreme Court Justice unseated by the Senate. He then attempted suicide, but was rescued by two slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Rock paper scissors is a game that goes back 2000 years to ancient Han China. The game spread throughout Asia with various characters, often animals, replacing the desk supplies we know today. In a version, a village chief is beaten by a fox, who is beaten by a hunter, who is beaten by the chief wrpsa.com/the-official-hi…
Today I learned of the SS Morro Castle, a cruise ship that suffered a disastrous fire during a nor'easter off NJ in 1934, killing 137. The cause of the fire was never discovered, but some believe it was intentionally started by the Chief Radio Operator, who was later convicted of two murders and a bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned about Cronus, the tarantula who whipped the Tory party in the United Kingdom. He is the pet of former chief whip Gavin Williamson. He kept Cronus positioned on his desk in his office in the Hous of Commons in order to intimidate MPs to vote with the government. theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned that John Jay was administered his oath of office as Chief Justice of the SCOTUS by Richard Morris, Chief Justice of the NY Supreme Court, successor of Jay on that Court, and predecessor of Robert Yates, the likely author of the Brutus Antifederalists essays. supremecourt.gov/about/oa…
There is a jigsaw puzzle designer that specifically targets the wealthy with his extremely difficult high-quality wooden puzzles. His name is Steve Richardson but people call him the 'Chief Tormentor' and his puzzle can go as high as $8,000. thefader.com/2016/06/09/d…
Today I learned about the Druze, a religious group who believe that Jethro of Midian (Moses' father-in-law) is their anscestor and chief prophet. They also believe in the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras and incorporate elements of both major and minor religions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
Japan Airlines Flight 1628 over Alaska had a 42 minute long UFO encounter Supported by Radar Data and Air Traffic Control and Voice Cockpit recordings leaked in 2001 by FAA Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations division John Callahan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
The CIA was on a Quest For Mind Control. They used Torture, LSD And had a β€˜Poisoner In Chief' npr.org/2019/09/09/758989…
Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals play in Missouri, not Kansas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru…

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