Stalin had a son who he hated and who was later captured by the nazis. The nazis thought they could use him as a bargaining chip to trade to his father Joseph in return for Nazi generals. In response, Stalin said, "I do not trade generals for soldiers" Stalin's son would later kill himself.โ€ฆ
The bullet lodged inside President Garfield likely didn't cause his death. At the time, Joseph Lister's ideas about germs had been widely accepted in Europe, but American doctors were still sceptical. Garfield's doctors used unsterilised instruments, causing an infection which killed him.โ€ฆ
Joseph Guillotin, who proposed the idea of the guillotine as a less painful method of execution, was born prematurely because his mother was in distress after hearing the screams of a man being tortured to death.โ€ฆ
For his movie , Don Jon , Joseph Gordon-Levitt handpicked all the porn clips that appear in the film.โ€ฆ
A horse and buggy ride is not a "Handsome Cab", but rather a Hansom Cab, named after Joseph Hansom who invented the safety horse cabโ€ฆ
Today I learned about The Great Stink, whereupon during a long hot summer in 1858 the River Thames in London got so stinky, it stopped Parliament carrying out business, and made Joseph Bazalgette an unsung British hero.โ€ฆ
When Joseph Stalin was dying, his private physician was not available because he was already being tortured in the basement of the KGB headquarters for suggesting the Soviet leader required more bed rest.โ€ฆ
In 1850 Michigan's Beaver Island was home to a Mormon Kingdom. After Joseph Smith's death, many Mormons considered James Strang to be the head of the church. He proclaimed himself King of the Mormons, had a crown and scepter, and afterward he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives.โ€ฆ
Joseph and Jacob Loose, two brothers came up with competing cookies that were essentially the same - Hydrox and the Oreo. For years the Hydrox dominated, until the 1950s when Oreo increased the price and license it for use in other products, like Cookies & Cream ice cream.โ€ฆ
The only daughter of Joseph Stalin lived in a small Wisconsin town until her death in 2011โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Operation Long Jump,an alleged German plan to simultaneously assassinate Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt, the "Big Three" Allied leaders, at the 1943 Tehran Conference during World War II. warfarehistorynetwork.comโ€ฆ
Joseph-Ignace Guillotin did not invent the guillotine. He opposed executions and when he was unable to have them abolished, he suggested "decapitation by means of a simple mechanism." as the most humane method. When the device was finally invented, it was given his name.โ€ฆ
Sam Sheppard who the TV show and movie The Fugitive are based on remarried after being released from prison. His new wife's half sister was married to Joseph Goebbels.โ€ฆ
Actor Chris Pratt planned on auditioning for the role of "Chris Pratt" in the 2007 film, The Lookout. However, Joseph Gordon-Levitt won the role before Pratt came back from his fishing trip in Mexico.โ€ฆ
The fitness system "pilates" was developed by German boxer and circus performer Joseph Pilates while he was in a British internment camp during World War I. He developed the system in the camp for four years with minimal equipment by working on his fellow internees.โ€ฆ
After Joseph Stalin's Death, his successor embarked on a program of 'De-Stalinization' - systematically reversing most of Stalin's policies while in office, to end the "era of the cult of personality"โ€ฆ
Jesus had 4 brothers: James, Joseph, Judas, and Simonโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. When Grew alerted Washington, his warnings were ignored.โ€ฆ
[] The term "yellow journalism" was coined in the mid-1890s to characterize the sensational journalism in the circulation war between Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. The comic character "The Yellow Kid" featured heavily in this competition.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Joseph Jagger, the man who won 7.5 million dollars in Monte Carlo because he knew by industry how roulette wheels were rigged.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joseph Palmer; Persecuted, mobbed and jailed (and eventually kicked out of jail) for wearing a beardโ€ฆ
Joseph Kony, made infamous by the Kony 2012 documentary, has still never been captured and at this point is no longer being hunted.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Joseph Samuel, an Englishman sent to a penal colony in Australia. After escaping he and a gang robbed a woman and killed a policeman. He was sentenced to hang but survived three times. First, the rope broke, then a new rope came loose, then a new rope broke. The governor set him free.โ€ฆ
Joseph Stalin was only 5โ€™5โ€ (165 cm)โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joseph Tartaro who applied for a vanity license plate with the California DMV that said "NULL" as a joke. Because of how computers interpret that word it wreaked havoc in the system and he began to receive dozens of citations in bulk from all over the state.โ€ฆ
Since 1986, the lead singer of the band 'Toto' has been Joseph Williams, the son of legendary composer John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.)โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Supreme Court Judge Joseph Force Crater, who became the "missingest man in New York," when he disappeared on the streets of Manhattan in 1930. On the day he destroyed several documents, shifted portfolios to his 5th Ave apartment and withdrew $5000. He was declared legally dead in 1939.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "fluorine martyrs", a group of 19th century chemists who were killed/injured/blinded while experimenting with newly discovered gas. Some of them are Humphry Davy, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and Louis Jacques Thรฉnardโ€ฆ
When Joseph Stalin's first wife died, he was so overcome with grief he threw himself into her grave during the funeral. Later, secret policemen arrived at the funeral, looking for Stalin (at the time a wanted fugitive); he was forced to flee the service early by jumping the graveyard's fence.โ€ฆ
Seltzer water was invented in 1740 by William Brownrigg but never published. Joseph Priestley invented it independently and on accident in 1767 at a brewery in Leeds, England.โ€ฆ
Precision (25nm/1-millionth of inch) metal working started with Joseph Whitworth in the 1840's.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. Grew even alerted the US State Department.โ€ฆ
Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egyptโ€ฆ
Joseph Conrad, the iconic English writer, was born Polish under the name Jรณzef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski. courses.lumenlearning.comโ€ฆ
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science.โ€ฆ
Jack Nicholson's first job in Hollywood was an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor.โ€ฆ
The term "robot" used to mean the compulsory labor of serfs, and the word "patent" used do mean "decree". Therefore, when the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II abolished serfdom, the decrees got to be called "robot patent" in Englishโ€ฆ
The idea that Hitler survived the Battle of Berlin and moved to South America was started by Joseph Stalin.โ€ฆ
Joseph Ratzinger, also known as Pope Benedict XVI, was part of the Hitler Youth and served as an anti-aircraft assistant during WWII.โ€ฆ
Actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H, The West Wing and 30 Rock fame was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in The Bronx in 1936โ€ฆ
Napoleon Bonaparte's great-nephew, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, created the FBI.โ€ฆ
Orson Welles stabbed Joseph Holland on stage during a production of Caesar (1938). Welles played Brutus with a real knife, which reflected the stage lights more dramatically than a propโ€ฆ
The first American presidential candidate killed was Church of LDS founder Joseph Smith who died on June 27 1844 during the 1844 Presidential Election. He was killed during a mob he created after disbanding an anti-Mormon paper in Nauvoo, Illinoisโ€ฆ
A major factor for Joseph Stalinโ€™s rise to power in the Soviet Union was that political rival Leon Trotsky missed Vladimir Leninโ€™s funeral - because Stalin gave Trotsky the wrong date.โ€ฆ
On 1955, after parishioners barred the Rev. Gerald Lewis, an African American priest, from celebrating Mass at St. Ceciliaโ€™s Chapel (Louisiana), Archbishop Joseph Rummel put this church under interdict, banning Masses and other sacraments from being celebratedโ€ฆ
Joseph Stalin was only 5'4" tall, and he often wore stacked shoes and stood on platforms to make himself appear taller.โ€ฆ
Undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone led to over 200 indictments and over 100 convictions of Mafia members. The man who introduced Pistone to the Mafia was murdered for having allowed an FBI agent to infiltrate the family; he was shot dead and his hands were cut off.โ€ฆ
An epic Titanic film was made in 1943 on a budget of $4,000,000 โ„›โ„ณ (around $190,000,000 USD today), commissioned by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.
Joseph Conrad, who is regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language, was born in Poland and did not speak English fluently until his twenties.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joseph Medicine Crow who earned the title "Chief" by completing the four coups of leading a war party, touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, and stealing an enemy's horse - all against the Nazis in WWII.โ€ฆ

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