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6 Facts About Genghis Khan

  1. Temujin is known in world history as “Genghis Khan. His real name is Borjigin Temujin.
  2. 1 in every 200 men is a descendant of Genghis Khan.
  3. Temujin and his men attacked Samarkand in Central Asia using prisoners as body shields and executed every soldier that had taken arms against him.
  4. It was in 1227 that Genghis died, some stories say that he was castrated by a Tangut princess using a knife inserted on her vagina to avenge his treatment of the Tanguts and stop him from raping her.
  5. Prior to his death, to avoid conflict among his sons, Genghis explicitly divided his empire among them and made them all Khan in their own right and by appointing one of his sons as his successor.
  6. According to some historians, they estimated that Genghis Khan’s campaigns killed as many as 40 million people.

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6 Facts About Saladin

  1. Saladin, pronounced Salah al-Din in Arabic, was a Kurd born in Tikrit, Iraq in 1137. In 1174 he became Sultan of both Egypt and Syria after the death of Nur ad-Din, who was once Saladin’s political rival and once-mentor.
  2. Following a year long truce with the Crusaders, on July 4, 1178 Saladin defeated the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin.
  3. During this battle Saladin captured the King of Jerusalem Guy de Lusignan.
  4. The fall of Jerusalem led to the calling of the Third Crusade, and soon Saladin’s famous rival Richard I of England was on his way to the Holy Land along with the King of France and the Hly Roman Emperor. The armies of Richard and Saladin soon fought several times and the two leaders had a great respect for each other. Before Richard surrounded the city, Saladin burnt all the crops in the fields outside of the city walls so Richard and his army would have no food.
  5. Eventually Richard realized that even if he did capture Jerusalem, he would not be able to defend it against Saladin, so in 1192 the two kings agreed to a truce. Saladin would remian in control of Jerusalem, so long as he allowed safe passage to and from the city for Christian pilgrims.
  6. The following year, in the city of Damascas in Syria, Saladin passed away on March 4. When his advisors opened his treasury there was not enough money to even bury the great Sultan, he had long since given nearly everything away to charity.

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6 Facts About Hitler

  1. No matter how warm he feels, Hitler will never take off his coat in public.
  2. Hitler has no interest in sports or games of any kind and never exercised, except for an occasional walk.
  3. He paces frequently inside rooms, always to the same tune that he whistles to himself and always diagonally across the room, from corner to corner.
  4. He went to the circus on several occasions in 1933 and sent extremely expensive chocolates and flowers to the female performers. Hitler even remembered their names and would worry about them and their families in the event of an accident.
  5. In 1923, Nazi press secretary Dr. Sedgwick tried to convince Hitler to get rid of his trademark mustache or grow it normally. Hitler answered: “Do not worry about my mustache. If it is not the fashion now, it will be later because I wear it!”
  6. He refuses to use cologne or scents of any sort on his body.

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6 Facts About The Crusades

  1. The Crusades were a series of Holy Wars launched by the Christian states of Europe against the Saracens.
  2. There were a total of nine crusades.
  3. The reason for the crusades was a war between Christians and Moslems which centered around the city of Jerusalem.
  4. The first crusade, which lasted from 1095-1099, established the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  5. The crusades also gave rise to the important knightly orders, the Knights Templar, the Teutonic Knights and the Hospitaller.
  6. For a period of two hundred years Europe and Asia were engaged in almost constant warfare.

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Fact #127

Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic.

Fact #121

Only two people, John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until five years later.

Fact #118

The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”

Fact #105

July 4, 1776, is the “official” date when the US was born, but actually was not one country until 1788. (I’ll let you find out why!)

Fact #90

There is actually a country that has only 4 residence and only occupies 550m2, Check it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand

Fact #81

The search for the Titanic was actually a cover-up mission to search for 2 nuclear subs lost in the 1960s!!

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