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For a time in the Seventies, The Guardian become so notorious for its poor editing and proofreading that it was nicknamed The Guarniad.
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That '70s Show is an American television sitcom that aired on Fox for 8 seasons from 1998 to 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in the fictional city of Point Place, Wisconsin. The first episode took place on May 17, 1976; the last on December 31, 1979.
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Even though That '70s Show lasted for eight years in real life, the timeline only went from 1976 to 1979.
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The President of Argentina, Isabel Peron, is overthrown by a military coup on March 24, 1976. Isabel Peron was the third wife of Juan Peron, who had been the Argentine president during the 1940s and 1950s, and again from 1973 to 1974 after having been in exile for 18 years.
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Isabel Peron holds the distinction of being the first woman in history to hold the title of 'President', as opposed to Queen, Empress, Prime Minister, etc. Born in 1931, Peron was exiled to Spain following the 1976 coup and still lives there.
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Eva Peron and Che Guevara never met, although Guevara did apparently once write her a sarcastic letter, asking her to buy him a motorcycle. In the musical Evita, Che functions as a Greek chorus, commenting on Eva’s life, and in the film he is presented as a sort of Argentine Everyman, becoming at various moments a bartender, a janitor, a waiter, a reporter, and so on. In reality, Guevara was in his teens when the Perons came to power, and 24 when Eva died.

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"Evita" actually was a concept album first, a musical very slightly later, both released in 1976, the year of the Argentine coup.

It was the first British production to win the Tony Award for Best Musical.
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Per Wiki, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born to Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna y Llosa, on June 14, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina, according to his birth certificate. However, according to biographer Jon Lee Anderson's book Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Che's mother confided to an astrologer friend that he was actually born on May 14, 1928. The deception was to avoid the scandal of her having been already three months pregnant before marriage.
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It's been said that the respective political origins of Canada (evolutionary) and the US (revolutionary) still have influence today, such as their different approaches to guns and gun control.
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William Tecumseh Sherman was universally called "Cump" by his close friends and family, including his wife. Exactly why is unclear.
IIRC, his nickname was “Cumps”, which seems to be a straightforward diminutive of “Tecumseh”. Unless the mystery is why he didn’t go by “Billy”?

In play: North Carolina’s Cape Fear River valley was heavily settled by Highland Scots in the 1720s and 30s, creating a vibrant community around the town of Cross Creek, now Fayetteville, that boasted a Gaelic-language printing press and newspaper. Most of the Highlanders supported the King in the American Revolution, and large numbers emigrated north to Ontario after the war.
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The majority of the population of the Bahamas descends from enslaved Africans who were brought there by refugee Loyalists after the American Revolution.
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The Bahamas is one of the two countries whose official name begins with the word “The”. The other country is “The Gambia” in Africa.

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At the time of Columbus's first landfall in the New World in 1492, The Bahamas were inhabited by the Lucayans, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taíno people. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.
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IIRC, his nickname was “Cumps”, which seems to be a straightforward diminutive of “Tecumseh”. Unless the mystery is why he didn’t go by “Billy”?....
I've read quite a bit on Sherman and have never come across a reference to "Cumps." It's always "Cump." Some of his troops affectionately called him "Uncle Billy."

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President-elect Abraham Lincoln passed through both Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio in early 1861, on his way to Washington. He was met by enormous crowds in both places. A young Rutherford B. Hayes was among those who saw him at the Statehouse in Columbus.
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Of the eight US Presidents who died in office, four were from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, James Garfield, William McKinley, and Warren Harding.
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I've read quite a bit on Sherman and have never come across a reference to "Cumps." It's always "Cump." Some of his troops affectionately called him "Uncle Billy."

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President-elect Abraham Lincoln passed through both Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio in early 1861, on his way to Washington. He was met by enormous crowds in both places. A young Rutherford B. Hayes was among those who saw him at the Statehouse in Columbus.
Hmm. Well, perhaps I was not R’ing C. Still, “Cump” seems like an obvious derivative of “Tecumseh”.

Tempted to come full circle and post that Presidents Rutherford Hayes, Andrew Jackson, and Bill Clinton were all posthumous sons of their fathers, which was the very first bit of trivia posted in this thread, nine years ago. But I reckon that’d be cheating.

So, in play: In 1870, Robert E. Lee toured the South for his health. Massive crowds met him at every city. In Augusta, Georgia, the crowd included a small boy who worked his way up to Lee’s side: future President Woodrow Wilson.
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The Augusta National Gold Club, home of the Masters, gives the signature green jackets to both Masters champions and members of the club. The members, however, are not permitted to take their jackets off the club grounds.
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The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) was an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army formed in January 1800 as the "Experimental Corps of Riflemen" to provide sharpshooters, scouts, and skirmishers. The regiment was amalgamated with the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd) and the King's Royal Rifle Corps to form the Royal Green Jackets on 1 January 1966.
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As a result of the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965, all cigarette packs sold in the USA had to carry the warning “Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health” by 1 January 1966.
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John Lennon smoked Gitanes on his last day, and a cigarette case containing his Gitanes cigarettes (among other possessions of his) was recovered by German authorities in 2017 after being stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006.
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Yoko Ono was married twice before marrying John Lennon. Her first husband was Toshi Ichiyanagi, a Japanese composer and musician. Her second husband was Anthony Cox, an American musician and film producer. Ono had a daughter with Cox, Kyoko.

Ono and Cox divorced in 1969, and she married Lennon soon after. Cox won custody of Kyoko in 1971, then fled with her, and changed her name while raising her as a member of a religious group. Ono and her daughter were not reunited until the 1990s.
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Canadian hockey fans still resent American actress Janet Jones, the wife of Edmonton Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky, for allegedly engineering his trade to the Los Angeles Kings, nicknaming her "Yoko". The movie To Live and Die in LA also was often mentioned.
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Initially, Miles Teller and Emma Watson were slated to star in the leads of La La Land. Watson dropped out because of a commitment to the 2017 musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, while Teller departed via long contract negotiations. Conversely, Ryan Gosling turned down a role as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast in favor of La La Land.

BTW, La La Land did not win the Best Picture Oscar.
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Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are American magicians and entertainers who have performed together since the late 1970s Their ongoing act combines elements of comedy with magic. They currently perform in Las Vegas at The Rio, the longest running headlining act in Las Vegas history. Penn serves as the act's orator, while Teller generally does not speak while performing, instead communicating through mime and other nonverbal actions.
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Raymond Teller has a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory as Larry, the (speaking) father of Dr. Sheldon Cooper's wife, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. The sitcom is now in its final season.
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Teller is actually an average height, 5'9". However, he looks short in all of his appearances with Penn, because Penn is 6'6".
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Despite the enduring myth that Napoleon Bonaparte was short, giving his name to the Napoleon Complex afflicting short men, he was actually of average height for his time, around 5'7". Some records that he was only 5'2" tall have been found to have been based on the French inch, longer than the English one.

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The British nickname for their hated foe Napoleon Bonaparte, mentioned occasionally in the Aubrey/Maturin novels of Napoleonic sea adventure by Patrick O'Brian, was "Boney."
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"Old Bones" was the nickname of Exterminator, the winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby. He was put in as a last-minute replacement for his stablemate, Sun Briar, who had been the favorite.
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"Old Bones" was the nickname of Exterminator, the winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby. He was put in as a last-minute replacement for his stablemate, Sun Briar, who had been the favorite.
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The winner of the 1919 Kentucky Derby was a horse named Sir Barton. Sir Barton went on to win both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, thus becoming the first horse to win the American Triple Crown of horse racing.
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In his 1956 series of six interrelated short stories, Venture to the Moon, Arthur C. Clarke wrote of the first lunar mission, which apparently took place in the mid-1970s. It landed in Mare Imbrium and included an American ship, the Goddard; a Russian ship, the Ziolkovsky; and a British ship, the Endeavour. The stories were written as if told by the captain of the Endeavour.

In 1971, Apollo 15 actually did land in Mare Imbrium.
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In Rendezvous with Rama by Clarke, the space survey vessel sent to rendezvous with the incoming alien Rama probe, is named Endeavour, after HMS Endeavour, the ship used by Captain Cook in his voyage of the South Pacific.

The commander of the survey vessel, Commander Bill Norton, has a portrait of Captain Cook in his cabin, and frequently muses on how Cook would deal with the issues Norton is facing.
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W. W. Norton & Company is an American publishing company based in New York City. It was founded in 1923 by William Warder Norton. The company is known for its Norton Anthologies, which are frequently assigned in university literature courses. The best known anthology in the series is the Norton Anthology of English Literature; its 10th edition appeared in 2018.

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William Howard Taft was, in 1908, the next-to-last man from Ohio to be elected President of the United States; Warren G. Harding was the last, in 1920. For now.
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The "G." in Warren G. Harding stands for "Gamaliel."

In the Sayers novel Murder Must Advertise, Lord Peter is challenged to come up with a rhyme for "Gamaliel" and promptly suggests "impale you all" and "jail you all".
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While impalement is probably best known due to Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, better known in history as Vlad the Impaler, the use of impalement for punishing crimes goes back to at least the Code of Hammurabi, promulgated about 1772 BC by the Babylonian king Hammurabi, which specifies impaling for a woman who killed her husband for the sake of another man.
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"Vlad" is a Romanian name, a shortened form of "Vladislav", meaning "possessor of glory".
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Wallachia was originally founded as a principality in the early 14th century after a rebellion against Hungary. In 1859, Wallachia united with Moldavia to form the United Principalities, which adopted the name Romania in 1866 and officially became the Kingdom of Romania in 1881. This territory was the foundation the modern Romanian state.
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California has such a large population that about one-fifth of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, are Californians.
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The 2017 biographical comedy I, Tonya, which starred Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, and Sebastian Stan, was about Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, and the attack on her rival, skater Nancy Kerrigan, during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championship.
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Um, not quite. Of the 435 members of the House, 53 are from California. This is 12.1%, which is just less than 1/8 of the total number of representatives.

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Nancy Davis Reagan, an actress before she was the First Lady of the United States, first appeared on screen in The Crippler, which was a 1940 short subject shown in movie theaters to raise donations for the crusade against polio. It was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which later changed its name to the March of Dimes.
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Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) is an experimental type of explosive that has a relatively small but effective blast radius. It is manufactured by producing a homogeneous mixture of an explosive material and small particles of a chemically inert material such as tungsten. The phrase inert metal refers to a metal that is not chemically active and therefore not part of the chemical reaction that causes the explosion, as opposed to some metals, such as aluminium, that do form part of the chemical reaction.
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The periodic table symbol for tungsten is W, from wolfram, an archaic name for the metal.
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