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TIL of Gavel, a K-9 Cadet who was fired from the Police Academy for being too friendly after months of training; he then got a new job as Vice-Regal Dog for the Office of the Governor in Queensland where he greets visitors, attends official functions, sits in on Governor's briefings

5Y57Q Til of the Cagots, a minority population in Europe in medieval times. They were shunned, hated, and segregated from entering taverns or touching food in markets. They were not an ethnic or religious group and were indistinguishable from other people, and no one knows why they were so despised.
awY49 TIL a bunghole is a hole bored in a liquid tight barrel to remove its contents. Uses include the making of beer, wine, and fermented foods.
JYxoj TIL Countess Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was convicted of killing 38 female serfs by beating and torturing them to death. Imprisoned at Ivanovsky Convent in Moscow; for the first 11 years, she was chained in a basement dungeon without a window and only given a candle during meals.
6PjY TIL an 18 year old German without permission, flew a Cessna plane from Helsinki and landed in Red Square, crossing what was thought to be a completely impenetrable airspace
VNBk TIL that not all documents of the JFK assassination were released to the public. When questioned about it Chief Justice Earl told reporters that it may not be released in their lifetime. That was more than 50 years ago and in 2017 they will be made public.