Did you know the Olympic Torch relay was invented in its modern form by the Nazis?
Feb17

Did you know the Olympic Torch relay was invented in its modern form by the Nazis?

It was planned with immense care by the Nazi leadership to project the image of the Third Reich as a modern, economically dynamic state with growing international influence. The organiser of the 1936 Olympics, Carl Diem, wanted an event linking the modern Olympics to the ancient. The idea chimed perfectly with the Nazi belief that classical Greece was an Aryan forerunner of the modern German Reich. And the event blended perfectly the...

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20th century adoption of the Roman salute by Fascists
Feb16

20th century adoption of the Roman salute by Fascists

The Roman salute is a gesture that dates back to ancient Rome, and then was adopted by the French during the 18-19th century, United States during the 19-20th century and finally by the Fascists. The Tennis Court Oath (French: Serment du jeu de paume) was a pivotal event during the first days of the French Revolution. The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the...

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Did you know that morphine is named after the greek god of dreams “Morpheus”?
Feb16

Did you know that morphine is named after the greek god of dreams “Morpheus”?

Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Sertürner a German pharmacist, who first isolated morphine from opium in 1806, named it morphine after Morpheus, the Greek god of...

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Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent
Feb16

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent

The famous actress, Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), is shown here in the role of Lady Macbeth. At the first performance in 1888, Sargent was struck by Terry’s appearance and persuaded her to sit for a portrait. He invented her dramatic pose, which did not occur in the production.      Oscar Wilde, who saw Terry’s arrival at Sargent’s Chelsea studio, remarked, “The street that on a wet and dreary morning has...

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Did you know that Joseph Stalin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?
Feb12

Did you know that Joseph Stalin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?

In 1945, Stalin was nominated by Halvdan Koht among seven candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. However, he did not explicitly nominate any of them. The person actually nominated was Cordell Hull. And In 1948, he was officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Wladislav Rieger. Source:...

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