The Japanese, other than nobles or samurai class families, did not have surnames until 1868, when the government required commoners to adopt surnames. Names were chosen based on locations, occupations, or simply were made up, explaining the diversity in Japanese surnames (100,000+ present). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Ted Kaczynski (better known as the Unabomber) received an invitation in 2012, while incarcerated at ADX Florence, to his Harvard graduating class's 50th anniversary reunion. He RSVPed, noting his occupation as "prisoner" and his eight life sentences as "awards." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Banks have used security questions for over 100 years. In a 1906 speech, Baltimore banker William Hayden explained his bank requested new account holders' birthplace, residence, mother's maiden name, occupation and age for security measures to supplement signature records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Anni-Fryd Lyngstad, one of the lead singers of the band ABBA, was a child of a Nazi soldier during the occupation of Norway as part of Nazi breeding experiments ajournalofmusicalthings.c…
The US occupation of Japan after World War II is the only time in that country's history that it has been occupied by a foreign power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occ…
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…
Only Fans was created as a general content subscription service. The concept was to allow content by occupations such as fitness experts and musicians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onl…
Then Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek had such great admiration for Nazi Germany that he sent his adopted son to join their military during the occupation of Austria. shanghai1937.com/a-chines…
The Maluku Islands were the world's sole source of nutmeg, cloves, and mace. The islands were occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, and Dutch again. During a British occupation spice tree seedlings were stolen and taken to British colonies thus depreciating the islands' value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
In April 1914, the Mexican government refused to perform a 21-gun salute for the arrest & eventual release of 9 US Sailors. This resulted in the US occupying the port of Vera Cruz, per the direction of Woodrow Wilson. The occupation took place the morning after the Ludlow Massacre, in Colorado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Jānis PΔ«nups, a Latvian patriot who was conscripted into and then deserted from the Red Army in 1944. Opposing the Soviet occupation of Latvia, he hid in the forest for 51 years and did not emerge until 1995, thereby avoiding ever becoming a Soviet citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
The Spanish use of OlΓ©! in performances can be traced to the Moor occupation of southern Spain, when the Arabic speaking Moors would chant Allah (God) in ritualsβ€”the pronunciation changed over time to OlΓ© in Spanish to signify something remarkable improvisedlife.com/2014/0…
A patronymic is a name derived from an ancestor or occupation usually by the addition of a suffix or prefix meaning daughter, son, or belonging. Examples: MacDonald is of Donald, O'Riley of Riley, Ivanovich son of Ivan, Ivanovna daughter of Ivan, Edwards of Edward, or Clerkson of a Clerk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
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…
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_…
The tradition of naming the administrative regions of Yorkshire "Ridings" goes as far back as the Viking occupation of England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yor…
, that to raise money for the war effort, the City of Winnipeg, Canada, staged a Nazi invasion and Occupation of the city. The events included, a mock battle, a book burning, arrest of politicians and civilians, a parade and more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There was a Soviet occupation in Austria after WWII. Unlike East Germany, however, Austria was declared independent in 1955 after the Soviets had completely sucked dry the (eastern) economy, making Austria the axis country with the highest post-war reparations contribution per capita. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
A ban on a possible Anschluss to/reunification with the german people was a condition for Austria gaining sovereignty from occupation forces. britannica.com/place/Aust…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
During WWII, the Amsterdam zoo hid around 250 people from the Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Holland. the-low-countries.com/art…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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