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Today in History

Henry IV defeats the Percys in the Battle of Shrewsbury in England.
The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War and cedes Dutch New Amsterdam to the English.
Russia and Turkey sign the Treaty of Pruth, ending the year-long Russo-Turkish War.
The Treaty of Passarowitz is signed by Austria, Venice and the Ottoman Empire.
Pope Clement XIV abolishes the Jesuit order.
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Arab Mameluke warriors at the Battle of the Pyramids.
In the first major battle of the Civil War, Confederate forces defeat the Union Army along Bull Run near Manassas Junction, Virginia. The battle becomes known as Manassas by the Confederates, while the Union calls it Bull Run.
Wild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel.
The James Gang robs a train in Adair, Iowa.
Mary Church Terrell founds the National Association of Colored Women in Washington, D.C.
French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is vindicated of his earlier court-martial for spying for Germany.
The British House of Lords ratifies the Versailles Treaty.
John Scopes is found guilty for teaching evolution in Dayton, Tenn., and is fined $100.
France accepts Japan’s demand for military control of Indochina.
U.S. Army and Marine forces land on Guam in the Marianas.
The French sign an armistice with the Viet Minh that ends the war but divides Vietnam into two countries.
Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first woman prime minister of Ceylon.

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I Faked Being Engaged for the Discounts

Brides-to-be get discounts? Who knew? But it's true. While weddings are getting outrageously expensive, there are some perks that go along with the ordeal. Lisa Ryan noticed a discount offered for brides at a gym, so she bought a cheap ring and built a quick wedding page online. She soon learned about other discounts, and enjoyed the best of both worlds -the perks of being a bride without the actual wedding costs.
First, the discounts. There are so many discounts for brides. There are discounted spa packages; there are discounts and free gifts just for signing up for wedding registries at certain stores (for instance, Crate & Barrel gives you free stemless wineglasses in an embroidered linen bag, while Bloomingdale’s gives you 20 percent off of a ton of items, including clothes and jewelry). There are also countless exercise classes, from spin classes to boot camps, and barre classes. I emailed my go-to barre studio, and told them I was getting married and that I wanted to sign up for their bridal package. They immediately knocked off about $100 from my membership for three months, and the next day I was tucking and lunging my way to a fake bridal body.
But Ryan was also impressed by how nice and friendly people became, as the process she was thought to be going through has been shared by so many. Read the account of her fake engagement at The Cut.

Malloy the Invincible

In 1932, Tony Marino led a gang of conspirators to buy life insurance on Michael Malloy, a homeless drunk who frequented Marino's speakeasy in New York City. In order to maximize the payout, they tried to induce Malloy's death at the first opportunity. But killing Malloy turned out to be more difficult than killing Rasputin.
They obviously had in mind that Malloy should die from perfectly natural, if greatly accelerated, causes. To Malloy's delight, he found that the previously ungenerous Marino was more than happy to serve him drinks on the house. In fact, the bar owner seemed positively eager for Malloy to drink his fill. The whisky, gin, scotch, and bourbon was poured into him like it was water. "Ain't I got a thirst?" he told his new pals gleefully.
To the Marino gang's astonishment, these free drinks had no more visible effect on Malloy than if they had been water. For days, the elderly man guzzled enough cheap hootch to stun an elephant and rather than impairing him, it seemed to give Malloy a new lease on life. This non-stop liquid diet made him blossom like a rose. There was a vitality and good cheer about him that gave great unease to anyone with a financial interest in his life expectancy. Besides, all this free liquor--not to mention the monthly insurance premiums-- made a serious dent in their profit margin.
While the Marino gang understandably did not leave detailed notes on their next moves, neighborhood gossip had it that they took to giving Malloy drinks that are not on standard cocktail menus. Wood alcohol on the rocks. Turpentine with a twist. Horse liniment with an antifreeze chaser. Shots of rat poison. No matter what he was served, Malloy happily gulped it down and asked for seconds.
Since Malloy could apparently drink anything, they switched to poisoning him with food. That didn't work. Then they ran him over with an automobile. Malloy survived. They even tried switching his identity with someone else and killing a different person, but that didn't work, either! Read the story of the murderous gang with an indestructible victim at Strange Company.

A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion

The biggest man-made explosion before the atomic age was the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. A French ship, SS Mont-Blanc, collided with another ship on its way into the harbor in Nova Scotia and a fire ignited its 2,925-ton cargo of explosives. The blast leveled the surrounding community and the resulting tsunami destroyed another village. Two thousand people died, and another 9,000 were injured.One of the witnesses to the blast was Frank Baker, a sailor in the Royal Navy, who wrote about the events of that day in his diary. He passed his journal on to his son Rex before his death in 1977. Rex put the diary away and only recently rediscovered it.
“The first thud shook the ship from stem to stern and the second one seemed to spin us all around, landing some [crew members] under the gun carriage and others flying in all directions all over the deck,” Baker wrote. Sailors 150 miles out to sea heard the blast. On land, people felt the jolt 300 miles away. The shock wave demolished almost everything within a half-mile. “Our first impression was that we were being attacked by submarines, and we all rushed for the upper deck, where we saw a veritable mountain of smoke of a yellowish hue and huge pieces of iron were flying all around us.”
Frank Baker's diary entry is believed to be the only eyewitness account of the explosion recorded on that day. Read the rest of it at Smithsonian.

No Country For Ye Olde Men

In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies, where they paid their debt to society through hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and made multiple attempts to escape. In 1720, he succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the ship Honour, on which the prisoners greatly outnumbered the crew.
Oceanic crossings were prone to severe gusts. “One Day when we were at Sea,” Dalton would later write, “a Gale of Wind arose that blew very hard, and carried away our Main-Top-Mast.” Twelve of the men—including Dalton—agreed to help with the repairs on deck and had their chains removed. The first mate made Dalton steward of the prisoners. Dalton was keenly aware of the provisions brought on board by a fellow prisoner, Hescot: “about fifty Pound of Bisket, two Caggs of Geneva [gin], a Cheese and some Butter.” Dalton and his prisoner buddies proceeded to take the food and liquor for themselves. Hescot complained to Captain Langley, who threatened to whip all of the prisoners to find the culprit. But before he could do so, Dalton gave the prearranged signal. He and 14 other felons seized the ship’s weapons, immobilized the 12 crew members, and took control of the vessel.
That was far from the end of Dalton's story. What was the punishment for leading a mutiny on a prisoner's ship? Exile to America. Read about the colorful career of James Dalton, who couldn't give up his life of crime, but couldn't bear forced labor in the colonies, at Damn Interesting.

Fascinating Facts About Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn has a bad name in history -she's either portrayed as outright evil, a manipulative monster or a dumb girl who let her family call the shots until she paid the ultimate price for their political ambitions. But the reality of her life, like most people's stories, is much more complicated than that.
That's why this informative article on TopTenz is so interesting -it helps fill in some of the many fascinating details about Anne's life that most people don't know. Whether you only know a little bit about her from history classes or you think you know her from what you saw on The Tudors, you're sure to learn something.So read up on one of the most controversial women in English history here.

Afghan girls team shines at US robotics competition

A team of Afghan girls whose plight resounded with the world won a silver medal for "courageous achievement" at an international robotics contest in the United States, with judges praising the group's "can-do attitude". 

Tomb of King Tutankhamun’s wife’s likely discovered

History buffs may have a reason to rejoice after a team of archeologists found evidence of a tomb, which they believe to be that of King Tutankhamun’s wife Ankhesenamun.

Creationists sell 'christian' theme park to themselves to avoid paying $700,000 in taxes

The group that owns the theme park Ark Encounters have sold the park to their nonprofit affiliates for 10 dollars to avoid paying taxes.

New Hampshire decriminalizes small amounts of pot

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The Mega Rich Are Getting Mega Richer

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'Atypical' form of mad cow disease discovered in Alabama

The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday an ‘atypical’ case of mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an 11-year-old beef cow in Alabama. The disease disease was detected during a routine check in a livestock market. The animal never entered the slaughter house channel, as per the official statement.

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