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FACT # 245

New Year Facts

New Year signifies an end of the 365 days of the present year and the start of a new year, yet again. It is celebrated all over the world with the same zeal, vigor and enthusiasm. There are lots of preparations undertaken for the event and it can be categorized as one of the occasions that the whole world celebrates together. All across the globe, cities are decorated. Most of the news channels get special reporters and correspondents geared up to show the live coverage of the celebration. For many it’s a new day, a new life and a new beginning. Let us explore more on what makes New Year Day special, by dwelling on the trivia given in the lines below.

Interesting New Year Facts

  • New Year is the oldest of all holidays, as it was first observed in ancient Babylon as many as 4000 years ago.
  • Celebrating New Year on January 1 is purely arbitrary, as neither it has agricultural significance nor astronomical. Many countries still celebrate it in spring, the season of rebirth of new crops.
  • The Roman senate declared January 1 as the New Year in 153 BC. Though even this date saw major tampering, it was Julius Caesar who again declared January 1 in Julian calendar as the New Year, in 46 BC.
  • New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ’s Circumcision by some denominations.
  • The first month of the year i.e. January has been named after God Janus (Latin word for door), in the Roman calendar. Janus is the God with two faces, one looking backwards and one forward, at the same time and marks the ‘spirit of the opening’
  • The Romans began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Eve, by giving one another branches from sacred trees, for good fortune. The gift phenomenon is prevalent from those times, till date.
  • January 1 was revived as New Year in 1582, by the Gregorian calendar and so celebrated by most of the countries till date.
  • New Year is celebrated like a festival throughout the world and everyone around is in festive mood, partying, singing and dancing to ring out the old year and ring in the new.
  • In Britain, when the Big Ben clocks strikes 12, everyone gathers around to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, a Scottish song. It was written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, literally meaning “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days”, to remember old and new friends.
  • It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year’s Day would bring either good luck or bad luck for the rest of the year, depending on who he/she was.
  • Many cultures believe that anything given or taken on New Year, in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes “coming full circle”.
  • Many parts of the U.S. celebrate New Year by consuming black-eyed peas and other legumes, as it has been considered good luck in many cultures.
  • The tradition of making New Year resolution dates back to the early Babylonians.
  • Traditionally, it was thought that people could alter the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. It has, therefore, become important to celebrate first day of the New Year in the company of family and friends.
  • The Spanish ritual on New Year’s eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
  • Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year’s Eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in General Facts

 

FACT # 244

Facts about Christmas

Learn about Christmas in England from the children who live in Britain Christmas traditions why do what we do at chrsitmas time

 

Facts about Father Christmas

Father Christmas has two addresses, Edinburgh and the North Pole. Letters addressed to ‘TOYLAND’ or ‘SNOWLAND’ go to Edinburgh, but letters addressed to ‘THE NORTH POLE’ have to be sent there because there really is such a place!

 

What are the names of Santa’s reindeer?
Father Christmas’ reindeers are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph. Eight of these names are taken from Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and the ninth from the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (NB. Donder is also known as Donner.)

 

White Christmas

England has only known seven white Christmases in the entire twentieth century. According to the records of the Meteorological Office in London, snow fell on Christmas Day only in 1938 and 1976.

(The definition of a white Christmas in England is when one snowflake falls on the roof of the London Weather Centre in the 24 hours of 25 December.)

The last time we had a White Christmas with snow falling across the UK was 2004, although large parts of the southeast England missed significant falls.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are more likely to have a white Christmas than England.

 

Facts about Christmas Food

An old wives’ tale says that bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go mouldy.© copyright of projectbritain.com

The Christmas turkey was imported to France by the Jesuits and it is still known in some French dialects as a ‘Jesuite’.

Christmas Turkey

Christmas pudding was first made as a kind of thick soup with raisins and wine in it.

Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding originates from an old, Celtic dish known as ‘frumenty’.

In the 19th century, the Christmas Cake was eaten on Christmas Eve. It was consider unlucky to cut a Christmas cake before dawn on Christmas Eve.

It is considered unlucky to cut a mince pie with a knife.

Mince pies should only be eaten between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night and one should be eaten on every day of the twelve days of Christmas to bring good luck.

 

Facts about Christmas Day

25th December was not celebrated as the birthday of Christ until the year AD 440. © copyright of projectbritain.com

The Queen’s Christmas speech was televised for the first time in 1957.

Christmas crackers were invented by Thomas Smith. He had imported some French novelties to sell as Christmas gifts, but these were not popular until he wrapped them up and added a snapper. © copyright of projectbritain.com

Christmas crackers

 

Facts about Christmas Decorations

Each year between 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced to cope with the holiday demand.© copyright of projectbritain.com

Electric tree lights were first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison has his first mass public demonstration of electric lights back in 1879. Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. His lights were a huge hit. It took quite a few years, however, before they would be made available to the general public.© copyright of projectbritain.com

In 1895 Ralph Morris, an American telephonist, invented the string of electric Christmas lights similar to the ones we use today. The actual strings of lights had already been manufactured for use in telephone switchboards. Morris looked at the tiny bulbs and had the idea of using them on his tree.

 

Christmas Banned

In 1647, the English parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal. Christmas festivities were banned by Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting and revelry on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral. Anybody caught celebrating Christmas was arrested. The ban was lifted only when the Puritans lost power in 1660. © copyright of projectbritain.com

 

Facts about Christmas Cards and Christmas Post

In 1843, the first Christmas card was created on the instructions of an Englishman, Sir Henry Cole. J.C. Horsley designed the card and sold 1000 copies in London.

Postmen in Victorian England were popularly called “robins“. This was because their uniforms were red. Victorian Xmas cards often showed a robin delivering Xmas mail. © copyright of projectbritain.com

In the nineteenth century, the British Post Office used to deliver cards on Christmas morning.

The first Christmas stamp was released in Canada in 1898.

 

Facts about Christmas Carols

St Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church services.

The word comes from the ancient Greek ‘choros’, which means “dancing in a circle“, and from the Old French word carole, meaning “a song to accompany dancing“.© copyright of projectbritain.com

The first instrument on which the carol “Silent Night” was played was a guitar. © copyright of projectbritain.com

The popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One-Horse Open Sleigh”. It was actually written for Thanksgiving, not Xmas.

 

Facts about Twelfth Night

It is not until Twelfth Night that the figures of the Three Kings are supposed to be added to the Christmas crib.

In Germany, Twelfth Night is known as ‘Three Kings Day’.© copyright of projectbritain.com

The “Twelve Days of Christmas ” gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. There are 364 gifts altogether, one for everyday of the year.

The poem commonly referred to as “The Night Before Christmas” was originally titled “A Visit From Saint Nicholas.” This poem was written by Clement Moore for his children and some guests, one of whom anonymously sent the poem to a New York newspaper for publication.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in General Facts

 

FACT # 243

99 Interesting Facts About eBay

1. eBay turned 12 years old this year.

2. eBay was created in September 1995, by a man called Pierre Omidyar, who was living in San Jose.

3. Pierre started eBay as AuctionWeb by an experiment, as a side hobby basically, while he had a day job.

4. What began as a side hobby has today become the world’s largest personal online trading community. The website hosts nearly four million auctions every day, with almost half a million new items being added for sale every 24 hours. Omidyar’s personal net worth is estimated to be roughly $10 billion.

5. The site was launched on Labor Day, Monday, 4 September 1995, under the more prosaic title of “Auction Web”

6. Auction Web was later renamed to “eBay”, after Echo Bay, Omidyar’s consulting firm, when “echobay.com” was unavailable.

7. Pierre had a blog at http://pierre.typepad.com/ which are not frequently updated.

8. You can also keep updated with what Pierre is up to on twitter at http://twitter.com/pierre.

9. The very first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer for $14.83.

10. eBay went public in 1998, and both Omidyar and Skoll became billionaires in just overnight.

11. The most expensive item ever sold on eBay was a 405-foot, steel mega-yacht (marketed as a Gigayacht) auctioned by the Fort. Lauderdale. The yacht was offered up for auction on eBay November 3rd, 2006 with a “buy now” price of $85 million. The price paid your 50% deposit of the full purchase price of $168,000,000.00 total.

12. Jim Griffith is first eBay Customer Support Rep, hired by Pierre and Jeff in November of 1996.

13. JayAndMarie is the first eBay member to reach 100,000 feedback, which happen in 2002.

14. A 50,000-year-old mammoth was put up for sale in 2004 with a minimum bid set at US $250,000 by his Dutch owner due to lack of space, and sold for £61,000.

15. eBay averages more than 1 billion page views per day.

16. eBay users worldwide trade more than $1,839 worth of goods on the site every second

17. eBay engineers have to add about 10 terabytes of new storage every week to cover new transactions.

18. Do you know the meaning of ebaY Logo? The eBay logo in primary ‘fun’ colors, suggests larger themes -that the site is – friendly, open and accessible.

19. eBay has such high margins partly because it has no factories or inventory, but also because its customers do the work.

20. If eBay employed the people who earn all or most of their income selling on its site, it would be the second-largest employer on the FORTUNE 500, after Wal-Mart.

21. More than 68,000 people earn their primary or secondary income from trading on eBay.co.uk (ACNielsen International Research, February 2006).

22. eBay has 233 million registered users worldwide.

Pierre Omidyar, Founder and Chairman of eBay, with his CEO, Margaret Whitman.
Pierre Omidyar, Founder and Chairman of eBay, with his CEO, Margaret Whitman. ( Image)

23. There were 588 million new listings added to eBay worldwide in Q1-07. At any given time, there are approximately 100 million listings worldwide, and approximately 6.4 million listings are added per day. eBay users trade in more than 50,000 categories.

24. As of September 2006, eBay members worldwide have left more than 6 billion feedback comments for one another regarding their eBay transactions.

25. In the aftermath of both the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, the Tonight Show auctioned off two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which had been signed by various celebrities. The winning bid for the motorcycle auctioned after the Tsunami was $800,100.

26. The town of Bridgeville, California was sold for $1,777,877 on eBay. However the winning bidder backed out of the deal and Bruce Krall subsequently purchased it for $700,000. It was placed for sale on eBay once again on April 4, 2006, with a starting price of $1,750,000.

27. In June 2005, the wife of Tim Shaw, a British radio DJ on Kerrang! 105.2 sold Tim’s Lotus sports car with a Buy It Now price of 50p. This was after Tim’s wife heard him flirting with model Jodie Marsh on air. The car was sold within 5 minutes.

28. In September 2004, the owner of MagicGoat.com sold the contents of his trash can to a middle school language arts teacher, who had her students write essays about the trash.

29. In 2006 Jeremy from the internet show Pure Pwnage sold some of his hair for $4,200.

30. 41% of eBay’s users apparently quit in 2006.

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Britney Spears’ gum up for sale on eBay. (Image)

31. 100 of eBay’s top 1,000 U.S. eBay sellers by feedback rating have either quit eBay or gone out of business – based on detailed analysis of The Sellathon 10,000 data for August 2006 by Steve Woda.

32. eBay’s stock is down almost 48% from its high as of 9/27/06.

33. Tiffany & Co (TIF), Louis Vitton (LVMH), and Christian Dior (DIOR) have all filed lawsuits against eBay suggesting that 90+% of the goods sold on eBay claiming to be produced by these brands are in fact counterfeit.

34. I founded the company on the notion that people were basically good and that if you give them the benefit of the doubt you’re rarely disappointed, quoted Pierre Omidyar.

35. 95% of eBay’s sellers are individuals or small businesses.

36. 19 million number of items on the site at any given time, more than 300 times the number of stock-keeping units in a typical Wal-Mart.

37. eBay has a global presence in 33 markets, including Australia.

38. eBay commenced operations in Australia in October 1999.

39. Almost 2,500 Australians use eBay as their primary source of income.

40. The most expensive item sold on eBay in Australia was a Ferrari F355 1999 Berlinetta F1
which sold for AU$151,100.

41. A toy is sold every 24 seconds on eBay Australia.

42. Every minute a mobile phone sells on eBay UK.

43. eBay India (formerly Baazee.com), India ‘s leading online marketplace, is a 100% subsidiary of eBay Inc.

44. A piece of jewellery sells every 6 minutes on eBay India.

45. 83% of all listings on eBay India offer Paisa Pay – a secure online payment gateway enabling credit card and online bank transfers.

46. The eBay Wiki is a collection of fact-based articles written and maintained by eBay Community members. You can use eBay’s Wiki to read up on topics important to you or contribute by adding topics or making existing articles better.

47. eBay generates revenue from various fees. The eBay fee system is quite complex; there are fees to list a product and fees when the product sells, plus several optional fees, all based on various factors and scales.

48. In July, 2002 eBay acquired PayPal, for $1.5 billion in stock.

49. In May 2007, eBay acquired the website StumbleUpon for approximately $75 million.

50. Users and generators of feedback may have different ideas about what it means. eBay offers virtually no guidelines to this weaknesses of the feedback system .

eBay North First Street satellite office campus
eBay North First Street satellite office campus.

51. Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez attempted to sell his neighbor’s JENN-AIR Gas Grill on eBay. The auction started at $3,000 and the price escalated to an astounding $99,999,999, the maximum amount allowed by eBay. The auction was later closed by eBay because of the promise of an autographed baseball going to the winner as well as the grill; it is a violation of eBay policy to include items other than those advertised.

52. You don’t need to know how to build a website and you don’t need to know how drive traffic to your site because eBayâ„¢ brings interested shoppers right to your door.

53. eBay first fees – final value fees- were introduced in February. (Pierre called them “listing fees”). Users were required to pay 5% up to $25 and then 2.5% thereafter.

54. Insertion fees were added in May. The first attempt was a flat $1.00 insertion fee, which due to “extreme member displeasure”, lasted about 10 days.

55. Over 30,000 NEW and USED clothing, footwear, & accessory items are sold every day on eBay.

56. A golf foursome with 2002 Master Champion Tiger Woods sold for $425,000.

57. In 2004, a Seattle man posted pictures of himself wearing his ex-wife’s wedding dress. In more than one way, the seller received much more than he expected. While he initially admitted he was selling the dress to earn some money for Mariners tickets, the bidding got into the thousands of dollars, and the seller actually had received a number of marriage proposals from users.

58. Water that was said to have been left in a cup Elvis Presley once drank from was sold for $455. The few tablespoons came from a plastic cup Presley sipped at a concert in North Carolina in 1977.

59. In September 2005, eBay bought Skype, a VoIP company, for $2.6 billion in stock and cash.

60. In June 2005, eBay acquired Shopping.com, an online comparison site for $635 million.

61. In April of 2006, eBay opened its new eBay Express site where selected eBay items are mirrored on eBay Express where buyers shop using a shopping cart to purchase from multiple sellers.

62. eBay slogan is What ever it is, you can get it on eBay.

63. Disney sold a retired Monorail Red (Mark IV Monorail) for $20,000.

64. A group of four men from Australia auctioned themselves to spend the weekend with the promise of “beers, snags, good conversation and a hell of a lot of laughs” for AU$1,300.

65. eBay’s year-end is December 31st. Reporting quarters correspond with calendar quarters.

66. eBay is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol EBAY.

67. Aug. 26, 1999: A human kidney is offered on eBay. Before the auction is taken down, bids reach $5.7 million.

68. The Feedback Forum began in February, 1996. Originally, Omidyar handled disputes between buyers and sellers via email.

69. Pierre Omidyar — Age: 40 years (born 21 June 1967)

70. In the UK we spend more money on eBay than they spend on going to the movies.

71. 147.1 million of registered eBay users in first quarter 2005, greater than the population of Russia.

72. $34.2 billion value of merchandise sold on eBay in 2004, equivalent to the GDP of Cuba.

ebay jewellery
A piece of jewellery sells every 6 minutes on eBay India.

73. Chris Agarpao was hired as eBay’s first employee and Jeff Skoll was hired as the first president of the company in 1996.

74. eBay’s rivals include Amazon.com Marketplace.

75. In June of 2006, eBay added the eBay Blog feature for members.

76. eBay has already expanded to almost two dozen countries including China and India. The only places where expansion failed were Taiwan and Japan, where Yahoo! had a head start.

77. On August 13, 2004, eBay took a 25% stake in Craigslist by buying out an existing shareholder who was once a Craigslist employee.

78. eBay’s failed in Japan early 2002. When eBay finally closed its doors, and its auction website, it left 17 employees out of work and 25,000 listings unsold.

79. After becoming one of the richest 31-year-olds in history, eBay Inc. (EBAY ) founder Pierre Omidyar cleared out his cubicle, sold his modest home, and set off for his native Paris with his wife, Pam in 1998.

80. eBay has a presence in Latin America through its investment in MercadoLibre.

81. eBay offers localized sites in 23 countries, divided into Asia Pacific, Europe and North America region.

82. eBay’s classifieds sites include Kijiji, Gumtree.com, LoQUo.com, Intoko, Netherlands-based Marktplaats.nl, and German automotive classifieds site mobile.de.

83. ebay has a blog about the company and the community at ebaychatter.

84. 1902 books sold in the first ever eBay Live! Bookstore in 2007.

85. 1,171 pounds of food served during events at eBay Live! 2007(that excludes the 15,000 sodas given out during the Thirst Quencher Breaks in PowerSeller Central.)

86. eBay member Kimbley (jayhawkks) has over 100,000 Feedback (and it’s 100% positive!)

87. Paypal official blog is at ThePayPalBlog started at August 2007.

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The collectibles is one of the most searched category on eBay. (Image)

89. Feedback and responses to feedback are allotted only 80 characters each. This can prevent users from being able to fully list valid complaints.

90. On 17 December 2004, Avnish Bajaj, CEO of eBay’s Indian subsidiary Baazee.com, was arrested after a video clip showing oral sex between two Indian students was sold online.

91. In February 2007, after Britney Spears shaved all of her hair off in a Los Angeles salon, it was listed on eBay for $1million USD before it was taken down after some considerable controversy.

92. On an average, eBay.com runs into issues for about 50 seconds per day.

93. As of 2006, eBay has 600 million listings and about 204 million registered users.

94. There was at one point an auction for the first ride on Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster on Earth. The winning bid was $1691.66, and the winner rode in the front seat.

95. In the aftermath of both the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, the Tonight Show auctioned off two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which had been signed by various celebrities. The winning bid for the motorcycle auctioned after the Tsunami was $800,100.

96. A Ferrari Enzo sports car – one of only 399 built – sold for £544,000 in 2003.

97. One of the weirdest item sold is a chewing gum spat out by Britney Spears which went for £270.

98. A CD sells every 11 seconds on eBay.

99. A remarkable quote from Pierre Omidyar: “Don’t let people who you may respect and who you believe know what they’re talking about, don’t let them tell you it can’t be done,” says Omidyar, “because often they will tell you it can’t be done, and it’s just because they don’t have the courage to try.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in General Facts

 

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FACT # 242

Facts about World War 2

Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about World War 2
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about World War 2, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults. Interesting Facts about World War 2
are as follows:

  • Fact 1 – Definition: World War 2 was a global military conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945 which involved nearly all the nations of the world
  • Fact 2 – History – Causes of World War 2:
    • History – Causes of World War 2:The Treaty of Versailles
      The Treaty of Versailles was created in 1919 to ensure peace in Europe following WW1. The treaty stipulated that land was taken away from Germany, That Germany would pay for damages caused by the war and that Germany could only have a small army with no air force, submarines or tanks

      • German people suffered due to the harsh economic penalties and voted for Hitler to take over the government. Adolf Hitler had vowed to tear up the Treaty of Versailles
    • History – Causes of World War 2: Polices of Adolf Hitler
      Hitler reversed the clauses in the Treaty of Versailles, started to expand German territories invading Austria and Czechoslovakia, built up the German armed forces and military weapons
    • History – Causes of World War 2: German treaties
      Germany made treaties with Italy and Japan (Italy had invaded Abyssinia and Japan had invaded Manchuria in China)
    • History – Causes of World War 2: Failure of Appeasement and the Munich Agreement
      Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Britain. believed that the policy of appeasement would result in ‘Peace in our time.’ Hitler broke the terms of the Munich agreement
    • History – Causes of World War 2: Failure of the League of Nations
      Failure of the League of Nations to intervene and prevent war
  • Fact 3 – WW2 started September 1, 1939 and ended September 2, 1945
  • Fact 4 – World War 2 covered territories of Europe, Pacific, Atlantic, South-East Asia, China, Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa
  • Fact 5 – Major Leaders of the Allies were Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
  • Fact 6 – Major Leaders of the Axis were Adolf Hitler, Emperor Hirohito and Benito Mussolini
  • Fact 7 – Nearly 62 million people died during and leading up to the conflict
  • World War 2 Events Fact 8 – On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland and Britain and France declared war on Germany
  • World War 2 Events World War 2 Events Fact 9 – The Phoney War: The Phoney War was period of limited military activity in Europe following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and preceding the Battle of France in May 1940
  • World War 2 Events Fact 10 – Blitzkrieg: Blitzkrieg was the name given to the fast, violent and intensive military offensive including bombing via aerial attacks
  • World War 2 Events Fact 11 – The Blitz: The Blitz was the name given to the intensive bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941 which commenced when London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights
  • World War 2 Events Fact 12 – Dunkirk: Following the fall of France the survivors of the British Expeditionary Force and other allied forces were evacuated from Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo
  • World War 2 Events Fact 13 – Battle of Britain: The Battle of Britain was the air campaign waged by the German Air Force called the Luftwaffe against Great Britain (RAF – Royal Air Force) during the summer and autumn of 1940
  • World War 2 Events Fact 14 – The Eastern Front: On June 22, 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union as part of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia
  • World War 2 Events Fact 15 – Pearl Harbor: In 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and the US entered the war
  • World War 2 Events Fact 16 – Allies take Tobruk in North Africa
  • World War 2 Events Fact 17 – Tobruk: Allies take Tobruk in North Africa in 1941
  • World War 2 Events Fact 18 – Stalingrad and El Alamein: In 1942 setbacks for Germany at Stalingrad and El Alamein
  • World War 2 Events Fact 19 – Singapore: 25,000 prisoners when Singapore falls to Japan in 1942
  • World War 2 Events Fact 20 – Battle of Midway: June 1942 marks a US victory in the Battle of Midway when American planes defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands
  • World War 2 Events Fact 21 – Auschwitz The Holocaust: The holocaust had already begun but in 1942 the concentration camp at Auschwitz started the systematic murder of Jews. An estimated 2,000,000 persons, including 1,500,000 Jews were murdered at Auschwitz
  • World War 2 Events Fact 22 – Stalingrad: Germany surrenders at Stalingrad in 1943, a major defeat for the Germans
  • World War 2 Events Fact 23 – North Africa: The allies win victory in North Africa in 1943 and the invasion of Italy begins
  • World War 2 Events Fact 24 – Burma: The allied forces of Britain and India fight the Japanese in Burma in 1943
  • World War 2 Events Fact 25 – Anzio: Allies land at Anzio in Italy, called Operation Shingle,
  • World War 2 Events Fact 26 – Italy surrenders in 1943
  • World War 2 Events Fact 27 – D Day: June 6, 1944, known as D Day, marks the date when the Allies invaded France and Paris is subsequently liberated
  • World War 2 Events Fact 28 – Iwo Jima: Iwo Jima is bombed and Guam is liberated by the US Okinawa
  • World War 2 Events Fact 29 – The Western Front: June 6, 1944, US and British forces returned to France launching launched Operation Market-Garden and the Battle of the Bulge
  • World War 2 Events Fact 30 – Death of Hitler and Germany surrenders: The Russian army liberates Auschwitz and reaches Berlin. Adolf Hitler commits suicide on 30 April 1945. Germany surrenders on May 7
  • World War 2 Events Fact 31 – Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima (6 August – US B29 Super fortress bomber, called the ‘Enola Gay’) and Nagasaki (9 August – US Superfortress ‘Bockscar’ bomb was called Fat Man) and Japan surrenders on 14 August 1944
  • Fact 32 – World War 2 ended September 2, 1945
  • Fact 33 – The Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs, averaging of about 27,700 tons of bombs each month.
  • Fact 34 – 84 German Generals were executed by Hitler
  • Fact 35 – Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe
  • Fact 36 – The number of U.S. soldiers who served in World War II were 16,112,566 and the number wounded were 671,846
  • Fact 37 – World War 2 is also referred to as the Second World War and abbreviated as WW2
 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in General Facts

 

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FACT # 241

Facts about World War 1

Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about World War 1
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about World War 1, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults. Interesting Facts about World War 1
are as follows:

  • Fact 1 – Definition: World War 1 was a military conflict lasting from 1914 to 1918 which involved nearly all the biggest powers of the world
  • Fact 2 – World War 1 involved 2 opposing alliances – the Allies and the Central Powers
  • Fact 3 – The countries of the Allies included Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Montenegro
  • Fact 4 – The countries of the Central Powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria
  • Fact 5 – World War 1 was triggered on 28 June 1914 by the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his pregnant wife Sophie
  • Fact 6 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was the nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the throne of Austria and Hungary
  • Fact 7 – The assassination took place in in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Fact 8 – assassination was planned by a Serbian terrorist group, called The Black Hand and the man who shot Franz Ferdinand and his wife was a Bosnian revolutionary named Gavrilo Princip
  • Fact 9 – Causes of World War 1:Fact 10 – Major Leaders of World War 1 included Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II, Prince Alexander of Serbia, Sir Edward Grey British Foreign Secretary, President Wilson U.S. President, H. H. Asquith and David Lloyd George
    • There was a tangle of alliances made between countries, to maintain a balance of power in Europe, which brought about the scale of the conflict
    • Bosnian Crisis – Austria-Hungary took over the former Turkish province of Bosnia in 1909 angering Serbia
    • Countries were building their military forces, arms and battleships
    • Countries wanted to regain lost territories from previous conflicts and build empires
    • Moroccan Crisis – Germans were protesting in 1911 against the French possession of Morocco
  • Fact 11 – WW1 included the first known use of chemical weapons (mustard Gas)
  • Fact 12 – The sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 bought the US into the war
  • Fact 13 – US entered the war on April 6, 1917
  • Fact 14 – 65 million troops were mobilized during WW1
  • Fact 15 – 8 million troops died
  • Fact 16 – 21 million troops were wounded
  • Fact 17 – 58,000 British soldiers were lost on the first day at the Battle of the Somme
  • Fact 18 – Other names for World War 1 include ‘The War to End All Wars’, The War of the Nations and ‘The Great War’
  • Fact 19 – By the end of the war there were 250,000 wounded British soldiers who suffered total or partial amputation
  • Fact 20 – The U.S. was in the war in actual combat for only seven and a half months during which time 116,000 were killed and 204,000 were wounded.
  • Fact 21 – During the course of the War War 1 approx 11% of Frances’s entire population was killed or wounded.
  • Fact 22 – Battle of Verdun, 1916, resulted in over a million casualties in ten months.
  • Fact 23 – Over 200,000 men died in the trenches of WW1
  • Fact 24 – Trenches were infested with millions of rats, frogs and lice
  • Fact 25 – 80,000 British troops suffered from shell-shock
 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in General Facts

 

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Top 10 Watch Facts

Whether you’re choosing your first watch, a new watch or simply a watch to give as a gift, it’s important to have all the facts. At Watches.org.uk we have some interesting facts for watches and timepieces.

  • Many years ago, devices for telling the time were created by the Egyptians around 1500BC. Known as sundials time was measured by a shadow falling in sections across a marked area. Water clocks were used later with more accuracy.
  • More accurate clocks followed in 1500AD (around 3000 years later) where Italian monks are said to have developed a clock so they knew what time to pray.
  • The watches we know today came into existence during the Tudor reign in the 16th century however the watches were so large that people wore them around their necks. The most famous pocket watch is seen in a portrait of King Henry VIII.
  • Continuing the fashion of watches, Breguet watches began in 1775 with Abraham Louis Breguet setting up his watch-making shop in Paris.
  • During World War One it was common for men to wear watches on their wrists rather than on a chain around their neck. This simple change made it easier for men to tell the time without moving their hand. Previously men wore pocket watches on chains and women wore wrist watches.
  • In 1904 Louis Cartier, French watchmaker, was asked to design a watch for his aviator friend Alberton Santos-Dumont. Cartier created the watch and named it “Santos”.
  • The Omega Speedmaster watch was used by NASA astronauts on their mission to the Moon. Both American and Russian astronauts wore Omega Speedmaster watches in 1975 for the first craft meeting of Apollo-Soyuz.
  • In the movies Daniel Craig as James Bond wears an Omega watch, Sean Connery as James Bond wears a Rolex Submariner. In the Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon wears a TAG Heuer watch. Breitling watches are very popular with celebrities, actors and world famous successful entrepreneurs including Sir Richard Branson and Sir Alan Sugar.
  • Of all the colours available for watches most people will own or be given a black watch during their lifetime. The unisex colour is a favourite with mens watches and ladies watches alike.
  • Finally, in most watches catalogues and in-store displays you’ll find the time is displayed as ten minutes past ten o’clock or sometimes ten minutes to two o’clock. The popular meaning for this is that it’s “Happy Time” or that the clock is smiling which becomes an emotional marketing tool to encouraging you to feel good when you’re looking to buy that particular watch or clock.
 
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