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TIL Japan and Poland were allies during World War II
TIL Beethoven admired Napoleon and the French Revolution. When Napoleon crowned himself emperor in 1804 Beethoven broke into a rage denouncing him, saying "He lowered himself to the level of an ordinary king."
TIL Gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta's "Good Fellas" character was based on him) was put in the Federal Witness Program. However, after multiple relocations the Feds finally kicked him out because he kept getting drunk and telling his neighbors who he really was.
TIL that in 1937, a natural gas leak at the local school in New London, Texas caused a massive explosion that killed upward of 295 students and teachers, the deadliest school disaster in US history. Adolf Hitler even sent his condolences by telegram.
TIL when Little Nell, who played Columbia in Rocky Horror, was 18, she worked as a shoe salesperson in London, alongside a young Freddy Mercury.
TIL of James William Boyd, a Confederate soldier who disappeared. It has been theorized that he was John Wilkes Booth’s decoy after Lincoln was assassinated.