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The United States is 238 years old...that's pretty old. But the British Museum is even older!

The British Museum in London was established in 1753, making it 24 years older than the United States, which was found in 1776.

That alone is quite a feat, however, it boasts some 8 million works which makes it one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in existence today.

The museum is dedicated to human history and culture and was established largely on the collections of Sir Hans Sloane, who was a physician and scientist. The museum is still based on the same site which was opened to the public in 1759.

Over time, several branch institutions have opened to accommodate more works as a result of Britain’s widespread footprint, the first of these being the Natural History Museum.

Imagine the sheer body of work that must be housed at this institution. The paperwork trail required to keep track of every item and its origin. Despite this, the museum remains a non-departmental public body and is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Simply put, the museum has the same admission fee as every other national museum in the UK: free.


A handkerchief saved George Bush from a grenade!

By now, George Bush is probably an expert on having stuff thrown at him. On May 10th 2005, Vladimir Arutyunian stood for hours in Freedom Square in the centre of Tbilisi waiting for USA President George Bush and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to speak. 

When Bush began speaking, he threw a Soviet-made RGD-5 hand grenade, wrapped in a plain red handkerchief at him. It landed 18.6 meters from the podium, near Saakashvili, his wife, Laura Bush, and other officials. 

However, it failed to detonate because as Arutyunian pulled the pin, it hit a girl, cushioning its impact and the red handkerchief prevented the striker lever from releasing. 

A security guard quickly removed it, and the two presidents learned of the incident at the next rally. Arutyunian was arrested later arrested and sentenced to life in prison.


The USA and USSR were supposed to go to space together, but the plan collapsed when JFK was killed!

Most people know about the Space Race, the famous battle between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to be the first country to reach the moon.

But very few know that at one point, the two countries were going to work together to do it.

Two years after announcing his goal of reaching the moon, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly.

In it, he suggested that the United States and the USSR work together in order to get to the moon.

Though initially opposed, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eventually accepted Kennedy’s offer, believing it would lower potential costs and yield a number of technological gains.

However, when Kennedy was assassinated two months later, the plan fell through.

While Khrushchev had developed a bond of trust with Kennedy, he had no personal connection with his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. Because of this, he struck down the agreement.

Still, the United States trudged forward and, on July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to step foot on the moon.


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The Nazis banned and burned the book 'Bambi!'

'Bambi' is a difficult movie to watch. From Bambi's mother being killed by a hunter to the forest fire at the end, it's a lot for a little kid (or even an adult) to take. So it's unsurprising that the book it is based on was somewhat controversial.

The book's author Felix Salten moved to Vienna as a baby in 1869. This was just after the government allowed Jewish people citizenship. Salten published 'Bambi' in 1923. The book received international acclaim. However, in 1936, it was banned by the Nazis because they believed it was "a political allegory of the treatment of Jews in Europe." The book was burned across Nazi states.

Salten, however, moved to Switzerland and wrote the sequal 'Bambi's Children.' He was introduced to Walt Disney years later and the 'Bambi' the movie came out in 1942.


Libraries were some of the quickest building to be integrated!

Before the internet, libraries were the beacons of knowledge—like a Wikipedia that you really had to work hard at to find an answer.

They offered imaginations to soar and brains to flex—and were one of the first establishments to end segregation.

Due to their symbol of freedom and right to knowledge, libraries became popular spots to protest during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

African Americans would stage “study-ins” in the South which lead to a lot of hefty fines and suspensions, and in some extreme cases were detained. Libraries that were open to African Americans lacked the same material that “White only” establishments enjoyed, and many students found that unsuitable.

Libraries became integrated much quicker than other public institutions, including schools. The attitude was more relaxed and made for some really unique places for “social imagination.”

And while not all public libraries were ready to take segregation seriously, it ended up being a major first step to civil liberty.



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