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Questions tagged [history]

Use this tag for questions that pertain to historical events, or claim whose evidence is historical in nature.

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Is “five” removed from military countdowns because it sounds like “fire”?

This question on english.stackexchange.com asks if a word with multiple meanings could be misunderstood and result in death. This answer says: The word 'five' is generally omitted from countdowns ...
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Were there bears at the Treblinka Zoo?

I am doing a history project on the Treblinka extermination camp for school, and learnt about the zoo Investigating further I found that the zoo contained at least four foxes, two peacocks and a roe ...
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Were Many of the people McCarthy Accused Paid Spies of the Soviets [closed]

According to an answer on this question on the WorldBuilding StackExchange There were plenty of communists in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. It's popular today to laugh at the paranoia ...
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Were the works of Greek and Roman thinkers available to the West during the Middle Ages? [closed]

The conventional wisdom, repeated recently in How the Middle Ages Really Were, claims (the quote is "composite"): ...the works of Greek and Roman thinkers like Aristotle, Galen, Ptolemy, Archimedes ...
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Did steel from WWI battleships make it into space?

In the UKTV series Abandoned Engineering (Series 1 Ep 4), Ghost Ships, the claim was made that steel from the German Fleet scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919 was incorporated into one or both of the ...
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Did Jesus use cannabis?

In pro-cannabis circles, it's often purported that Jesus used Cannabis-based anointing oil to heal/treat/perform miracles. Is this historically accurate? Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user ...
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Would it have been possible for the ancients to have built a Tower of Babel? [closed]

As recorded in Genesis 11:1-9, the ancients allegedly built a tower to the skies in a valley in Babylon (near present-day Baghdad), and God scattered them across the Earth as a punishment. As ...
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Did training Bell executives in humanities subjects lower their interest in working? [closed]

The story I heard happened in the 1950s-60s, at 50-60x at Bell Telephone in the USA Top management of the corporation noticed a majority of their managers were formerly engineers and often they don'...
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Did the first Mughal emperor of India, Babur, write love poems for men?

Sites such as this, this and this claim that Babur the founder of the Mughal dynasty and the first Mughal emperor of India wrote love poems for men. Ziya Us Salam an Indian literary and film critic ...
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Were Buddhists murdered en masse during the first Muslim conquest of India?

Lost Islamic History says: The first great expansion of Islam into India came during the Umayyad Dynasty of caliphs, who were based in Damascus. In 711, the Umayyads appointed a young 17 year old ...
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Do “popular revolts” usually occur with the support of the ruling dictatorship's army? [closed]

CGP Grey's Rules for Rulers video outlines a theory of the social and political forces that govern the rulers of a nation, regardless of that nation's structure of government. In summary, he states ...
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Was a practice of making non-Muslims wear special markings introduced by Umar II?

The Wikipedia page Yellow badge says: The practice of wearing special markings in order to distinguish Jews and other non-Muslims (Dhimmis) in Muslim-dominated countries seems to have been ...
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Is this a real astronaut quote? [closed]

or true terror until you hear someone knocking on the space station door from outside. You look through the porthole and see an astronaut, but all your crew is inside and accounted for. You use ...
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How many non-citizens were removed from the US from 2009--2015?

I'm trying to reconcile two different sets of data. The House Judiciary committee reports: | year | Criminal Alien Removals | Non-Criminal Removals | Total | |------+-------------------------+------...
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Did John Stuart Mill write a history of Roman law at age 10?

Professor Michael Sandel claims that philosopher John Stuart Mill was a child prodigy ... He knew Greek at the age of three, Latin at eight. And age 10, he wrote a history of Roman law. I tried ...
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Did Isaac Newton give lectures to empty rooms while he was a professor at Cambridge?

A Google search for the terms "isaac newton lecture empty room" will return a litany of sites stating the claim that while Newton was a professor at Cambridge, he would often have nobody show up to ...
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Is “the funniest interview you will ever see” genuine?

There's a funny (or not funny, some might find this offensive) video on You Tube called "the funniest interview you will ever see". It shows a Dutch talk show host having a fit of uncontrollable ...
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Did 5 million non-Jews die in the Holocaust?

Times of Israel: “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel ...
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Did no citizen of countries banned by Trump's executive order kill any american since 1975? [duplicate]

This has been circulating on facebook and twitter: One of the pages that shared it has 4 million subscribers which alone makes it notable. Are both of the numbers correct? Both murders and those ...
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Did Donald Trump exclude Muslim countries in which he does business from the recent entry ban?

This image states that: Trump is poised to sign an Executive Order banning entry to the United States from These 7 Muslim contries: Iran, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia ...
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Did Plato & Socrates make these quotes about politics?

In this BBC Newsnight segment, Viewpoint: What can Plato teach us about Donald Trump?, they attribute a number of quotes to Plato and Aristotle that could be interpreted as predicting a scenario ...
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Did Tecumseh Predict the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812?

Tecumseh was the leader of a confederacy of Native Americans that fought against the United States in the early 1800s. Several years ago, I read The Frontiersmen, a "narrative biography" by Allan W. ...
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Did Rasputin have an affair with Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna?

Grigori Rasputin was a trusted friend of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia around 1915. There is a popular rumour that he was having an affair with Nicholas's wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna Wiki ...
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Did Tsar Nicholas II write “1916 was cursed, 1917 will surely be better”?

Chess legend and political activist Gary Kasparov tweeted this New Year a claimed quote from Tsar Nicholas II’s diary: “The year 1916 was cursed; 1917 will surely be better!” (For those not versed in ...
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Is this Buddha portrait genuine?

Is this actually a portrait of Buddha, drawn by one of his disciples? Here is a link saying: One of Buddha's disciple draw it secretly, while Buddha was teaching. Yes, Sakyamuni Buddha is ...
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Do gun homicides and suicides kill more Americans than war?

In a 2015 column in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof, the following two claims are made: More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in ...
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Did Massachusetts assume “a right to treat the Indians on the footing of Canaanites or Amelekites”?

According to the 1855 The Jesuit Missions of Paraguay page 13: the first planters of the state of Massachusetts expressly assumed for themselves a right to treat the Indians on the footing of ...
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Are there any historical records that say Christian colonizers viewed the American Indians as Amalekites?

The Guardian says: The story of Saul and the Amalekites is a case in point. It's not a pretty story, and it is often used by people who don't intend to do pretty things. In the book of 1 Samuel ...
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Did Elijah Muhammad admit having extramarital affairs with young Nation of Islam secretaries?

The wikipedia entry about Malcolm X says: Sexual misbehavior by Elijah Muhammad Rumors were circulating that Muhammad was conducting extramarital affairs with young Nation secretaries—​​which ...
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Did a disproportionate number of celebrities die in 2016?

There is a general claim being made that 2016 has had an unusually high number of celebrities pass away. While the past few days may have had a cluster of celebrity deaths, is 2016 really an unusual ...
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Did Dr Jacques Grancher accidentally infect himself with rabies during Pasteur's rabies vaccination experiments?

I recall from my history of science that one of Louis Pasteur's assistants accidentally injected rabies virus into his own thigh. I was able to find only two links about this event: A book called Who ...
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Did Pasteur's MD assistant accidently inject himself with rabies? [duplicate]

I recall from my history of science that one of Pasteur's assistants accidentally injected rabies virus into his thigh. I was able to find only two links about this event, one in a book called "Who ...
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Does this photo depict the Sabra and Shatila massacre?

The wikipedia entry about The Sabra and Shatila massacre contains an assertion with this dead link: The Sabra and Shatila massacre (warning: offensive) Bodies of victims of the massacre in the ...
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Were Emanuel Celler's paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother Jewish?

Wikipedia claims that Celler was born in Brooklyn, the son of Josephine (née Müller) and Henry H. Celler. All of his grandparents immigrated from Germany; his paternal grandparents and maternal ...
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Did the Republican and Democratic parties swap ideologies at one point? [closed]

Assuming data like this is correct: A common explanation is that the ideologies of these two political parties switched at some point in the last 150ish years, and what is the Progressive Democratic ...
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Did Tamerlane express the desire to rebuild the empire of Genghis Khan? [closed]

This site says: Tamerlane’s ambition was to rebuild the empire of Genghis Khan, who had died a century earlier. A similar claim is posted in this site: Timur’s sole motive was to rebuild the ...
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Are the letters claimed to be sent by Muhammad authentic?

There are several manuscripts claimed to be letters sent by the Islamic prophet Muhammad to various rulers. In this video series, a YouTube user claims that scientific evidence supports that they are ...
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Did György Sherfezi fall from the 10th floor on a passing Laszlo Karvasha and both survived?

Some researchers of Coincidence insist on the veracity of the story: "A resident of Budapest György Sherfezi fell out of the 10th floor window and landed on a passing Laszlo Karvasha. Exactly one ...
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Did Joseph Figlock catch the same baby falling from the same window, twice?

According to a circulating story: In the 1930s in Detroit in the USA an extraordinary coincidence occurred with a person named Joseph Figlock. Jami Frater mentioned describes the case in his The ...
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Did lightning strike Major Summerford three times and his gravestone too?

Several web-sites relate the unreferenced story of Major Summerford: Daily Cognition: A British officer, Major Summerford, while fighting in the fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off ...
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Did Krishna live?

Rudolf Otto claimed: That Krishna himself was a historical figure is indeed quite indubitable. [Source] Despite this, much of modern Western discourse ignores (or displays skepticism towards) a ...
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Did Genghis Khan outlaw hunting during breeding seasons? [duplicate]

9gag.com claims, Genghis Khan forbade the selling of women, theft of other's properties, decreed religious freedom, outlawed hunting during breeding seasons, and exempted the poor from ...
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Did Genghis Khan forbid the selling of women and exempt the poor from taxation?

9gag.com claims, Genghis Khan forbade the selling of women, theft of other's properties, decreed religious freedom, outlawed hunting during breeding seasons, and exempted the poor from ...
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What is the real history behind of the Ford GAA engine?

I have been searching for quite some time trying to find out if what I have heard is true with the history of how the Ford GAA engine came to be. (Note: this site has some errors, such as its ...
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Did Edison publicly electrocute people's pets to present AC current as dangerous?

Kind of related to the question specific to Topsy the elephant, the (somewhat famous) Oatmeal comic about Tesla claims, among other things, that Edison would pay schoolboys to kidnap people's pets, ...
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Was Lincoln's Mom the best wrestler in Kentucky?

The author of Lincoln's Battle makes this claim: source And Lincoln’s mother was the best wrestler in Kentucky. I have a quote in the book from a judge who says, “Oh yeah, I got my butt whooped ...
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Was there no tax before 1913 in the United States?

This image claims that "Up until 1913 Americans kept all of their earnings". Up until 1913 Americans kept all of their earnings Despite this, America still had schools, roads, colleges, vast ...
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Was the Cubs World Series celebration the 7th largest gathering in human history?

This news page claims that the Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history. Is this statement true? Wikipedia has a list that would place it as 18th. There are ...
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Was Bhai Mati Das sawn in half on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb?

I came across this History SE question that doubts the claim by Wikipedia that Sikh man Bhai Mati Das was sawn into two on the express orders of Aurangzeb in the 17th Century. User Tyler Durden ...
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Is the name “Ahmad” mentioned in the dead sea scrolls?

This video claims that the following excerpt is a verse of the Isiah scroll of the dead sea scrolls. The claim also appears in here. Is it true?