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TIL George Lucas pitched an ending to ROTJ where Luke helps Vader take off his helmet and then puts it on himself, saying “Now I am Vader. Now I will go and kill the [Rebel] fleet and I will rule the universe”. His co-writer, Lawrence Kasdan, liked the idea, but Lucas decided not to go that dark.

1a5yX TIL of Charles Lightoller, the most senior officer to survive the Titanic, who forced men to leave the lifeboats at gunpoint so only women and children could board. He was then pinned underwater for some time, until a blast of hot air from the ventilator blew him to the surface.
9a46 TIL A Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy died in Toronto trying to prove that the glass in the windows of a 24th floor office was unbreakable by throwing himself against it. It was an act he had done twice before. The windows didn’t break but they popped out of the frame and he plunged to his death.
QNN1d TIL in 1868 Australia’s first touring cricket company consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Jardwadjali, Gunditjimara and Wotjobaluk nations in Australia. The men traveled to England to play 47 matches and were coached / captained by ex all-England cricketer Charles Lawrence
E11wW TIL A ten year old Brooke Shields posed nude for Playboy magazine
6EwrZ TIL It was once popular to name your children after the President of the United States. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleaveland Alexander is an example of this phenomenon. The trend fell out of style during Nixon’s term.