During the May 1968 protests in France, the government came so close to collapsing that Charles de Gaulle fled the country while officials began burning documents, obtaining fake IDs, and planning their escapes. The prime minister was offered a gun with the advice, "You will need it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
On September 23, 2009, former prime minister of Libya Muammar Gaddafi attempted to abolish the nation of Switzerland, by proposing a division of the country between France, Italy, and Germany. content.time.com/time/wor…
The home of Lord North, popularly known as the British prime minister who β€œlost America,” is today owned by an American university and houses American exchange students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wro…
19th century scientist and minister Thomas Dick calculated the population of the Solar System to be 21,894,974,404,480 (over 21 trillion) individuals. He arrived at this number by measuring the population density of England against the surface area of every planet in the Solar System. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Charles Morton, a 17th century minister and scientist, wrote a treatise on how birds migrated to the Moon and back every winter. Morton believed that they would encounter no air resistance or be affected by gravity, and use excess fat to sustain themselves. historytoday.com/archive/…
Bob Hawke, Former Prime Minister of Australia, set a world record for downing a yard of ale in 11 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Today I learned of "Spocking Fives," where Canadians would alter five-dollar notes to make Prime Minister Laurier's features resemble Spock from Star Trek. "Spocking Fives" was so prevalent that later releases of the five-dollar note had a different image of Laurier with less resemblance to the famous Vulcan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
On 14 June 1984, while visibly drunk the New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon called for a snap election in 1 month time - he lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Angelo Mariani was awarded a gold medal by Pope Leo XIII for inventing Vin Mariani, a cocaine and wine drink. The drink was popular with President Grant, Thomas Edison, Prime minister MΓ©line, and hundreds of celebrities endorsed it. Mariani never gave the recipe and production ended when he died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Leading up to WW2 Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King bought up land around his country estate so no 'jews or other undesirables' would move in cbc.ca/history/EPISCONTEN…
Yanis Varoufakis, famous economist and ex-Finance Minister for Greece, was hired by Valve in 2012 as it's economist-in-residence to 'transcend the boundary between real and digital economies' and consult on issues regarding balance of payments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
In 2009, the British tabloid newspaper The Sun apologised for misspelling the surname of a deceased soldier's mother in an article criticising then Prime Minister Gordon Brown's misspelling of the same surname theguardian.com/media/200…
The world record for most monogamous marriages (31 times) is held by the late Glynn Wolfe. He was a Baptist minister. Neither his widow or any ex-wife attended the funeral. One child out of 40 attended. His body was unclaimed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gly…
William Pitt the Younger became the youngest prime minister of Great Britain in 1783 at the age of just 24, but nonetheless distinguished himself in his tenure during major political events in Europe, including the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1967, pop band The Move were sued by then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson for libel. They had to pay Β£3,000 in costs and forfeit the royalties to their song Flowers in the Rain. birminghammail.co.uk/news…
That, in 1968, Mao gifted factory workers with mangoes he received from Pakistan's foreign minister. They were interpreted as symbols of Mao's favour towards the peasantry, and a cult dedicated towards mango worship was established. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
Charles Darwin, who's work greatly contributed to the Theory of Evolution, was at one point in his life training to become an Anglican Minister. For a time, he "did not then in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of every word of the Bible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Queensland's 1987 inquiry into police corruption led to 4 ministers being jailed, Police Commissioner Sir Terence Lewis being jailed for corruption, & Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen being charged with perjury for evidence given to the Inquiry ccc.qld.gov.au/about-us/o…
After being confronted by a protestor, Jean ChrΓ©tien, then-Prime Minister of Canada, grabbed the man by the back of the neck and chin, forcing him to the ground and breaking one of his teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
In Bhutan, the colour of the silk scarf (kabney) worn by men is determined by rank and social class: saffron for the king and chief abbot, orange for ministers, red for the royal family, green for judges, blue for members of parliament, white with red stripes for mayors, and white for commoners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
Today I learned of the "God Committee," a group of 7 American citizens chosen in 1961 to decide which patients needing dialysis received it. A lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, state official, labor leader, and surgeon had to chose who in their community would live as dialysis machines had just been invented healthaffairs.org/do/10.1…
In 1965 the future Canadian prime minister John Turner was vacationing in Barbados when he noticed someone struggling in rough surf at the beach; being a strong swimmer, he instinctively entered the water and unknowingly saved the life of former Canadian PM John Diefenbaker. collectionscanada.gc.ca/p…
Today I learned of Robert Evans, a minister and amateur astronomer that holds the record for visual supernova discoveries. He continues searching for more from his back porch in Hazelbrook, Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In the 14th century, Gajah Mada the Indonesian prime minister credited with unifying the Indonesian islands took an oath to never eat food with any spices till he succeeded in unifying the islands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
In 1932, Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi prepared to send a representative to negotiate with the Chinese and tried to halt any further military activities, whereupon he was assassinated during an attempted coup d’état britannica.com/biography/…
From 1958-1973, in the EU Council of Ministers, Luxembourg was awarded only one vote. All other members had an even number of votes, and 12/17 votes were required to pass a proposal, so it was impossible for Luxembourg's vote to be the difference between a pass and a fail, giving it no power. sciencedirect.com/science…
Henry VIII’s chief minister Thomas Cromwell was executed on his orders on the same day as his fifth wedding, an action he later regretted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
American CIA agents once tried to bribe the Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore straitstimes.com/singapor…
William Pitt the Younger was admitted into Cambridge University at the age of 13 and became UK prime minister at age 24. He is the youngest prime minister in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
10 Downing Street is NOT the residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. It is actually the residence of the First Lord of the Treasury. It just so happens that the First Lord of the Treasury is almost always the Prime Minister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Eleftherios Venizelos, the prime minister of Greece during the Greco-Turkish war, nominated Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk, the leader of Turkish nationalists who defeated Greece and the first president of Turkey, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1934. greekworldmedia.com/2017/…
The idea behind the now-popular snack was started by Reverend Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister from Connecticut who was convinced that sexual urges, including masturbation, were making people physically ill and leading to depravity independent.co.uk/life-st…
In 2018, UK appointed a β€œMinister Of Loneliness” to investigate ways to combat loneliness time.com/5248016/tracey-c…
Canadian Prime Minister John Turner was a national record holder for 100-yard dash and qualified for 1948 London Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1984, New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost. thespinoff.co.nz/food/bev…
The Canadian Parliament once discussed how the country would deal with a zombie apocalypse; then Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird declared that "Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever" theatlantic.com/internati…
Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald, made the metric system of measurement legal in Canada in 1871. It took another 100 years to become standard. cbc.ca/archives/entry/mps…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Queen Elizabeth II has seen 13 different UK Prime Ministers come into power, with the first one being Winston Churchill. independent.co.uk/life-st…
US President Bush (Sr.) vomited on a Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa during a banquet. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland was a recording artist before becoming a minister. To be more specific, Kenneth Copeland, known as Kenny Copeland at the time, is a one-hit-wonder, having one top-40 hit called "Pledge of Love" which peaked at #17 in the year 1957. onehitwondersthebook.com/…
In the 1960s the US military planned on testing Sarin and VX nerve gas on 200 Australian troops by aerial bombing areas around Lockhart river. Harold Holt, the prime minister at that time vetoed the plan. abc.net.au/news/2008-07-0…
King Simeon II or Tsar Simeon II, is a Bulgarian politician, who had served as the last reigning Tsar of Bulgaria from 1943 to 1946, before later serving as Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
The Prime Minister of Canada doesn't have to be a member of parliament, but does need a seat to participate. In the 1925 election Liberal Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie King lost his seat while his party won and "governed from the hallway" before winning a by-election a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned about Ximen Bao, a Chinese minister. He learned corrupt politicians sacrificed beautiful women to a River God and threatened floods if they weren't paid high taxes. Ximen had the politicians thrown into the river to tell the God they could not find a beautiful sacrifice, ending the practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xim…
In 1971 an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked from India and flown to Lahore. The hijackers were welcomed by Pakistani minister (future Pres & PM) Zulfikar Bhutto who paid a handsome tribute to the hijackers, leading India to close its air space to Pak, which played a major role in the 1971 war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Moshe Sharett, 2nd prime minister of Israel, was an Ottoman citizen. He studied law at Istanbul University, the same university at which Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and David Ben-Gurion studied. After that he served as First Lieutenant in the Ottoman Army during the WW1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Lebanon’s government is designed to provide representation to its three largest religious groups: Maronite Christians, Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims. Because of this, the president must always be a Maronite, the Prime Minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shia. euronews.com/amp/2019/10/…
The only female Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, was a Harvard graduate and served as PM from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. After losing the election in 1997 she went into self-exile in Dubai. She returned to Pakistan in 2007 to run again but was assassinated during a rally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…

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