A Latvian man evaded the Soviets in bunkers in the woods for the entirety of the 50 year Soviet occupation. He came put when the last Soviet troops left, age 70. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
During WW2, Norwegians mostly resisted the German occupation nonviolently. They would refuse to go to German-owned businesses, pretend to not speak German, and refuse to sit next to Germans on public transport. crosssection.gns.wisc.edu…
In 1919, marines killed Charlemange PΓ©ralte, who led a resistance against the US occupation of Haiti. Troops distributed a photo of his strung-up carcass to discourage rebels, but it backfired. He looked crucified, turning him into an icon & a martyr. He was even put on Haitian coins in the 90s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of 'If Day'. In 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba simulated a Nazi German invasion and occupation of the city. It included a staged firefight, the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. The event was a fundraiser for the war effort: over $3 million was collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
In WW2 a female feudal lord took control over 275 Nazis to force them to fix up her island after German occupation ended in Sark mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Clare Hollingworth, an English journalist who first broke the story of the German occupation of Poland in 1939, putting her phone out her window so a doubting British diplomat could hear the tanks. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_…
Today I learned about Marjan the lion, a beloved member of the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan; he witnessed the country under both Soviet and Taliban occupation and survived multiple artillery strikes on the zoo during the Afghan Civil War as well as being blinded by a grenade. In 2002, he died of old age at 23 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A survey shown 99% of women in prostitution were victims of violence, and they had more frequent injuries than people in occupations considered most dangerous, like mining, forestry and fire fighting cjcj.org/uploads/cjcj/doc…
In 18th century during the Russian occupation tens of thousands of Finns were killed or sold to slavery. The total population of Finland was only 400,000 at the time. This period is known as 'The Great Hatred' (Isoviha). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Despite being filmed in Austria, The Sound of Music was and is still unpopular in the German-speaking world. The third act (the events surrounding the occupation of Austria) was cut by the Munich manager of the studio, before being restored after director Robert Wise intervened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Denmark held a general election during German occupation in 1943. In a disappointing result for the occupiers, the Danish Nazi Party won just 2.1% of the vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands used GMT prior to WW2. The Germans changed them all to Berlin Time (GMT +1h) during the occupation and they never switched back. [Spain also changed in solidarity with Germany.] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The Tet Offensive was probably inspired by the Three Pronged Attacks during the Lam Son Uprising. Le Loi and his generals successfully fought and won three major battles against the Ming which ended the Ming occupation of Vietnam in one swoop. factsanddetails.com/south…
Today I learned about Aptronyms, which are "people whose names and occupations have a close correspondence", such as Usain Bolt (who bolted) or Lance Bass (who sung bass) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apt…
Due to laws enacted following the decades-long Japanese occupation of Korea, It is illegal to broadcast Japanese music and television dramas over terrestrial signals in South Korea to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Despite being the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, President McKinley, unaware said that American occupation of the Philippines was necessary to "uplift and Christianize" the Filipinos. digitalhistory.uh.edu/dis…
During the 1930’s IBM created a census for Nazi Germany identifying Jews, Gypsies and other ethnic groups by their nationality, gender and occupation which helped the regime significantly to organize and slaughter millions of innocent lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini was forced to hide during the Nazi occupation of Italy. She later identified nerve growth factor as a protein, winning the Nobel in Medicine. She lived to over 100 and claimed "At 100, I have a mind that is superior, thanks to experience, than when I was 20" jwa.org/thisweek/oct/13/1…
When Denmark was under German Occupation during WW2, Adolf Hitler sent a letter to the King Christian X congratulating him on his 72nd birthday. When Christian wrote back thanking him. Hitler thought his response wasn't personal enough so he had the entire Danish government replaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Near the end of WWI, a small fortified town in France called Le Quesnoy was liberated from the Germans after four years of occupation, by New Zealand soldiers in a sneak attack, with zero civilian casualties. Multiple memorials and many of the town's streets are named in NZ's honour. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar…
During WWII, the Amsterdam zoo hid around 250 people from the Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Holland. the-low-countries.com/art…
In 1988 the UK de-recognised the Cambodian embassy in London in order to enter the building and remove squatters who had occupied it since 1976. Under the 'adverse possession' common law, the squatters would have gained title to the building following twelve years of continuous occupation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
Michel van Rijn, an art forger and dealer in stolen antiquities, went legit to help the Republic of Cyprus to recover priceless 7th-century mosaics looted during the Turkish occupation of the island. whatson-northcyprus.com/i…
There are 7 different types of English surname, originally based either on personal characteristics, location, occupation, estate, patronage, or ancestry. goodtoknow.co.uk/family/t…
Today I learned about Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens. During the Nazi Occupation, the Archbishop spoke out about the deportation of the Jewish population in Greece. When threatened by the Nazis to be executed by firing squad, he sarcastically responded with a request to hung instead as it was "tradition". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Studios was taken over and converted by the U.S. Army into an anti-aircraft base in fears that Japanese bombers would soon reach Los Angeles. It remained the only time a Hollywood studio came under military occupation in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about Henri Frenay, a Frenchman who initially supported the Nazis, but changed his mind immediately after the Nazi occupation of France, after seeing "the look of contempt on the faces of the Germans when viewing the French". He then joined the Resistance movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Latvian folklorist Anna BΔ“rzkalne wrote her 1942 doctoral thesis in English instead of German as a form of non-violent resistance to the Nazi occupation of Latvia during World War II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
During the US occupation of Japan after WWII, General Douglas MacArthur oversaw the Japanese government introducing large social and economic reforms inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal fpif.org/new_deals_unsung…
The 12-year-old girl in the photo that appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic is Sharbat Gula during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. She is now widowed and provided financial support by the Afghan government. Her photo has been called "the First World's Third World Mona Lisa". wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan…
In the early 1920s, the KKK was very active in Chicago with 50,000 members in the city, the largest of any metropolitan area in the U.S. The group was driven from the city in 1925, when a Catholic organization, American Unity League, printed names, addresses, and occupations of Chicago Klansmen. encyclopedia.chicagohisto…
When asked what her occupation is on an official form, Meghan Markle wrote "Princess of the United Kingdom" vanityfair.com/style/2019…
Today I learned of the ecocide at Chaco Canyon. When the Anasazis arrived at Chaco Canyon, it was a dense woodlands, but after years of deforestation, harmful farming practices, and finally a drought, the area is now a desert. Occupation there only lasted around 200 years. midwesternscout.com/the-m…
Cashiers have the 15th safest occupation in the United States but the leading cause of workplace death in that profession is homicide. 39 out of 47 cashier deaths in 2018 were caused by violence from another person yourlawyer.com/library/th…
Since the Middle Ages a "knacker man" was a person responsible for the removal of animal carcasses from private farms or public highways and rendering the collected carcasses into by-products. It was considered a disreputable occupation. They were also commissioned by the courts as executioners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kna…
In Japanese, η·‘ (green) was taught to be a shade of 青 (blue) until the occupation of Japan in WW2. Japanese people still regularly use 青 to describe traffic lights and unripe fruit empiricalzeal.com/2012/06…
While Australia and New Zealand commemorates ANZAC Day, each year on 25 April Italy commemorates the end of Nazi occupation during World War II and the victory of the Resistance in Italy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
When J.R.R. Tolkien's son Michael signed up for the British army, he listed his father's occupation as "Wizard" 1843magazine.com/culture/…
French author Antoine Saint-Exupery actually wrote The Little Prince in Long Island, NY after fleeing France during the German Occupation in 1940. There was also a brief reference to New York in the original transcript that ended up getting cut. npr.org/2014/01/24/265725…
Today I learned of The Morgenthau Plan - Post WW2 Germany was to be divided into occupation zones, its industry destroyed, crushing reparations imposed, and large sections of its population forcibly resettled to wipe out the German capacity for war once and for all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
That during WW1, the British created a campaign to shame men into enlisting. Women would hand out White Feathers to men not in uniform and berate them as cowards. The it was so successful that the government had to create badges for men in critical occupations so they would not be harassed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Republic of Chad, fought and defeated Libyan occupation using 400+ Toyoto pickups. The trucks were fitted with compact anti-tank guided missile systems, resulting in the war being called 'Toyoto War' carsguide.com.au/overstee…
During WWII, the US military thought it could take as many as 7 to 12 atomic bombs to guarantee the surrender of Japan and a third bombing was already in the works. The narrative of using just 2 materialized only after US occupation started. outrider.org/nuclear-weap…
During the occupation of Denmark in World War II, 7200 Jews, aided by local resistance fighters, escaped Nazi internment. Of the Jewish community living there, only 500 were captured, and only 51 did not survive. history.com/news/wwii-dan…
Japan's constitution was written in one week by General Douglas MacArthur's staff during the Allied occupation following WWII but after more than 70 is now the oldest, unamended constitution in the world, nippon.com/en/in-depth/a0…
Divorce data from the US Census Bureau was analyzed to see how divorce rates varied by occupation. The lowest rate was found among actuaries, people who assess and manage risk, and the highest rate was found among gaming managers, who manage casinos and other gambling establishments. flowingdata.com/2017/07/2…
A whitesmith was a distinct occupation that was defined literally by its work on light-coloured metals and specialities with cold-working and decorative finishes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
During US General MacArthur's occupation of Japan after WWII, Emperor Hirohito banned the distribution of a photo which clearly showed MacArthur's height dominance to Hirohito. Only for MacArthur to rescind the ban and have it printed on every single newspaper in Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Today I learned of the Stalin note. A document delivered to the Allied powers from the Soviet Occupation in Germany on March 10, 1952. Joseph Stalin proposed a reunification of Germany with no conditions on economic policies and with guarantees for free activity of democratic parties and organisation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
A group called the Republic of Texas claims that the annexation of Texas by the US was illegal and that Texas remains an independent nation to this day but is under occupation. The Republic has its own government and president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
The first "junk playground" opened in Copenhagen in 1943 under German occupation. It had three components: a vacant lot; donated scraps; and a single adult supervisor, who β€œwas available only for guidance and was key to the success of the playground.” theatlantic.com/health/ar…
During the Japanese occupation of China (1937-1945), between 17 and 22 millions Chinese civilians died. About 1/4 of WW2's total casualties. theguardian.com/books/201…
An illiterate retired guard in his 70s saved many of Timbuktu’s priceless manuscripts during the 2012 Al Qaeda occupation of the city, by smuggling them out of the city at night in rice sacks, in a cart. Jihadists went on to burn whatever manuscripts were left. irishtimes.com/news/world…
A Montana State University Professor sued Wal Mart because they put his occupation as "Toliet Cleaner" on his fishing license bozemandailychronicle.com…
August von Mackensen was a World War I Field Marshal who lived from 1849 to late 1945, which means he lived through the Kingdom of Prussia, North German Confederation, German Empire, Weimar Republic, Third Reich and the Allied Occupation of Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
Steven Spielberg's film "Empire of the Sun" (1987), about a boy surviving Japanese occupation during World War II, received six Oscar nominations, but lost all of them to The Last Emperor (1987), the story of the final Emperor of China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
When the mummy of Ramesses II was flown to Paris for examinations in 1974, it was issued an Egyptian passport listing his occupation as "King (deceased)". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
In 1943, Canada declared the maternity ward of Ottawa Civic Hospital extraterritorial. This was done so that the newborn Princess Margriet of the Netherlands would derive her Dutch citizenship from her mother. The royal family had fled to Canada three years prior due to the Nazi occupation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince…
Rutka Laskier, a Jewish girl from Poland who died in Auschwitz at the age of 14, wrote a diary describing her experiences under Nazi occupation. Her diary was published in 2006 and she has become known as the "Polish Anne Frank." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Marcel Marceau, perhaps the world’s most famous mime, was a Jewish member of the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France. His own father had perished in Auschwitz. He used his skills as a mime to help keep children quiet while the Resistance smuggled them to safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The pretext for the French invasion and subsequent 132 year occupation/colonization of Algeria, was their diplomat getting hit with a flyswatter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
During Berlin's Allied occupation, a US Naval officer got Soviet guards drunk, and was able to steal the large swastika banner that had been the backdrop of many of Hitler's speeches. The banner now hangs in the Naval Academy museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Today I learned of Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary who sheltered thousands of Chinese women during the Japanese occupation of Nanking. She helped more than 10,000 Chinese women find safety. In her diary, she wrote: "Had I ten perfect lives, I would give them all to China". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The Nazi occupation of Greece during WWII resulted in 900 villages being destroyed and 300,000 people dying from starvation. historyhit.com/starvation…
Only 91 of the 3,715 animals in the Berlin Zoo survived World War II. After the Soviet occupation of Berlin, most of these remaining animals were eaten by Red Army soldiers or simply "dissapeared". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The deadliest car accident in history resulted in nearly 3,000 fatalities in November of 1982 - however, documentation of the event is poor due to it taking place in the middle of the Soviet Union's attempted occupation of Afghanistan. history.com/this-day-in-h…
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the 40s, an American named Claire Phillips ran Manila's hottest nightclub which was a front for a spy ring that funneled information from drunk Japanese officers to guerilla groups outside the city. esquiremag.ph/long-reads/…
The children's book "Horton Hears a Who!" by Dr. Seuss is an allegory for the American occupation of Japan following the Second World War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
In 1942 Japanese troops landed and occupied the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska. They were driven out entirely a year later between May and August 1943 by U.S. and Canadian forces. This was the first significant foreign occupation of American soil since the War of 1812. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
The unabomber stated his occupation as "Prisoner" and his awards as "Eight life sentences" in the Harvard alumni 50-th anniversary year book. boston.com/uncategorized/…
For the questionnaire of the 1897 census in Russia, in the field "Occupation", tsar Nicholas II wrote in:"Owner of Russia" bl.uk/people/nicholas-ii-…
Teacher and poet Alcira Soust remained hidden in a bathroom of the National Autonomous University of Mexico for 15 days during an occupation by the Mexican Army in 1968. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
In 1942 the Canadian city of Winnipeg staged a simulated Nazi invasion of the city, showing residents what would occur in the event of occupation by the Axis forces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
In the 1980s/90s, a wave of intentional fires broke out over California. After a long police investigation, the culprit, John Orr, was found. His occupation was "fire arson investigator", and the whole time he had been investigating his own crimes. murderpedia.org/male.O/o/…
Chinese engravers snuck in hidden designs on banknotes as a way to protest Japanese occupation during World War II. The 1 yuan banknote of 1938 features Confucius with his fingers in an obscene gesture americanhistory.si.edu/bl…
Audrey Hepburn was a ballet prodigy as a child, but after five years of malnutrition due to German occupation during WWII, she was permanently too weak to dance, so she turned to acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
When the capital of Estonia tried to relocate a Soviet War Memorial from the city center due to viewing it as a glorification of the Soviet occupation of the country, ethnic Russians rioted in the city for multiple nights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned about "If Day", a fundraising event in Winnipeg, Canada during WW2. Canadian soldiers pretended to be an occupying Nazi force who launched an attack on the city, declared martial law, arrested citizens, burned books, and played Fascist propaganda to simulate Nazi occupation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
French Canadian Private Leo Major single-handedly liberated the entire city of Zwolle from German occupation in WWII - and in one night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
In WWII there was an army of 75,000 Chinese men stationed in Burma and trained by the American military to fight Japanese occupation in mainland Asia. They called these men, X Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_F…
The earliest type of cancer to be definitively linked to a specific occupation was "soot wart, a cancer of the scrotum experienced by boys working as chimney sweeps. Dr. Percivall Pott's discovery in 1775 led to new restrictions on child labor in Britain a few years later. eic.rsc.org/feature/perci…
During WW2, the entire city of Winnipeg, Canada, simulated a large-scale day long German invasion and occupation of the city, called β€˜if day’. Involving circulation of German mock currency, imprisonment of citizens and mock battles/bombings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Today I learned about If Day, a simulated Nazi German invasion and occupation of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and surrounding areas on 19 February 1942, during the Second World War. If Day included a staged firefight between Canadian troops and volunteers dressed as German soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
During WW2, the Jews in Danemark were ordered to be captured and deported by the Nazis. However, as part of one of the largest Nazi resistance actions by occupied territories, almost 8,000 Danish Jews were evacuated to Sweden that was safe of occupation due to geographical barriers. yadvashem.org/odot_pdf/Mi…
The Nazi occupation of France during WWII drastically changed French fashion as people worked to create fashion with goods that weren't rationed. For example, cork was used to repair shoes after people were officially limited to only 1 shoe repair per year and leather was hard to get. missedinhistory.com/podca…
Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss, is an allegory for post-WWII US occupation of Japan. Seuss, who was vehemently anti-Japanese during the conflict, had a drastic change of heart after visiting postwar Japan. He dedicated the book to a Japanese friend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The famous mime Marcel Marceau was part of the French Resistance to the Nazi occupation during World War II. He saved hundreds of Jewish children in hiding by teaching them to communicate in mime, so they could converse silently. Marceau eventually got them to safety to Switzerland. jewishstandard.timesofisr…
Occupation of Alcatraz rendered the closure of Alcatraz Penetentiary (1963) by Native Americans who felt entitled to the land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868), which states: all retired, abandoned or out of use Federal land was returned to the Native people who once occupied it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occ…
Willem Arondeus, a gay Dutch artist and writer, helped in the resistance against the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. He was arrested and executed. His last testimony was "homosexuals are not cowards". ushmm.org/wlc/mobile/en/i…
In 1969, a group of 89 Native American men, women, and children took over Alcatraz to fight for a right granted to them by the Treaty of Fort Laramie. The occupation failed when hippies and drug addicts moved onto the island with them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occ…
Egypt celebrates women's day on 16 March for joining the 1919 revolution against British occupation. The first Egyptian Feminist Union was founded on 16 March 1923. On 16 March 1928 Cairo University accepted female students. On 16 March 1956 they won the right to vote and run for elections. dailynewssegypt.com/2018/…
France used to be on the same time zone as Britain but during the German occupation the time zone was changed to Central European Time and remains unchanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
The top 3 most deadly occupations are logging workers, fishing workers, and aircraft pilots/flight engineers. teletracnavman.com/infogr…
The Unibomber sent an update for his Harvard reunion. He put prisoner under occupation and his eight life sentences under awards. The update was published in the official reunion book. reuters.com/article/idUSB…
The Dutch royal family took refuge in Canada during WW2 occupation, upon the birth of Princess Margriet, the Ottawa maternity ward was temporarily declared to be Dutch territory by the Canadian government. Since then every year the Dutch people send Canada thousands of tulips in appreciation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of "If Day" which was a simulated Nazi German invasion and occupation of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and surrounding areas on 19 February 1942, during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) updated his alumni information at Harvard in 2012: he called his eight life sentences "awards" and his current occupation as "prisoner" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Today I learned about Commander Liwayway, a Filipina guerilla commander against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, who wore bright red lipstick every time she rode into combat. newsinfo.inquirer.net/602…
The song "La Vie En Rose" by Edith Piaf translates to "life in pink", which contrasts the negative meaning of the English idiom "rose colored glasses". Released in 1947, the song became popular in France recovering from from Nazi Germany occupation due to its theme of love and hope. socialistworker.co.uk/art…

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