Page 10 - History Facts

Thomas Jefferson believed in a nation of agriculture rather than one based on industry. He'd be pretty disappointed today!


Thomas Jefferson is a big name in American history books as one of the key founding fathers of the United States. His ideals and beliefs structured the nation and created a foundation of how things run today. However, there is one ideal that we have strayed away from, and didn't heed his warning. Jefferson believed in a nation of farmers and agriculture rather than one based on industry.

He firmly believed that unlimited expansion of commerce and industry, like we have seen in the last 150 years, would lead to to a class of wage laborers who rely on others to survive. They wouldn't be able to provide their own income or sustenance. These people would be vulnerable to political subjugation and economic manipulation. Jefferson wanted to combat this with an income tax that scales with a persons wealth. This would a disincentive to hoard wealth and provide some funds to distribute downward.

It may sound a bit like Communism, but Red Nations didn't exist back in the day when new government ideas were being formed. Jefferson was just trying to think of an economic structure that would create a strong, self-sustaining, financially secure people.

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Recently surfaced pictures of the "Tank Man" at Tiananmen Square shows just how brave he was. Check them out!


The Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” is an iconic picture of a Chinese protester standing up to a small column of tanks and not letting them pass. It has become synonymous with risking your life to stand up for what you believe in. Turns out that it was even more terrifyingly impressive when you zoom out just a bit and see what else was coming.

A democratic movement spread through China in 1989, sparking a massacre of protesters when Chinese leaders authorized military action against the movement. An unidentified man, unknown even to this day, stood up to the deployed tanks, moving into their path each time they tried to move around. He proceeded to climb on top of the turret to speak with the soldiers inside and then climbed back down in front where he was pulled away by a group of people.

New pictures with a different perspective recently surfaced of the iconic protester, showing the force and power that was coming down the line. In the distance you can see many more than four tanks, showing nearly an entire deployment of men and machine. Another picture showed the event from ground level where people in the foreground were running in fear. In the distance you can see the brave protester standing his ground right before the tanks reached him. Check out more pics at the source!

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The astronauts of Apollo 11 received a per diem of $8 a day for their mission to the moon!


The Apollo 11 mission was the first that landed on the moon. The astronauts that manned it were Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

They made history. The accomplished an amazing feat. They walked on the moon! They received fame, recognition and a place in the history books.

What they did not receive was a high salary or per diem. If you look at this mission like your typical business trip, the astronauts received just $8 per diem (or about $50 in today's money). And deductions were made from this because the spaceship provided accommodations - no need to look for a hotel in outer space!

Their salary was also fairly low for their accomplishments. They were paid about $17,000 per year (or about $100,000 today). While a substantial amount, it does not reflect the men's huge accomplishments or education.

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In the prehistoric times, there was a flightless bird that ate horses!


We may laugh at the flightlessness of birds like ostriches and penguins nowadays but you did not want to mess with their oldest ancestor, Phosurhacida. Aka: The Terror Bird. It was the largest species of predators in South America between 62 million to 2 million years ago.

They were roughly 3 to 10 feet tall and munched on small mammals. They used their massive beaks to either pick up prey and slam them into the ground or inflict precision strikes on critical body parts. Archeologists say that this species left the world at about the same time we got here.

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