The 2010 San Fernando Massacre

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A Brief History On August 24, 2010, 72 bodies of illegal immigrants were found in a mass grave by Mexican military units that had just ended a shootout with the dreaded drug and crime cartel, Los Zetas.  They had been blindfolded and handcuffed before being shot in the back of the head.  Perhaps the most...
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Buried Alive – The Stats!

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A Brief History On August 22, 1880, The London Telegraph published an allegedly true story claiming that, believe it or not, people can be buried alive and still survive! Digging Deeper To support the article’s claims, they provided an example concerning the fakir Haridas.  A fakir is a holy man, usually a Muslim. In 1835, at the...
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Korea, The Forgotten War Remembered

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A Brief History On July 27, 1995, veterans of the Korean War finally got to see their sacrifice acknowledged when the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Digging Deeper Often referred to as a “forgotten war” or even as an “unknown war,” the Korean War was actually the first major international conflict of...
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Weapons with Cool Names!

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A Brief History On July 20, 1304, the forces of King Edward I of England successfully took Stirling Castle during the First War of Scottish Independence.  Although the Scots would ultimately maintain their independence, key to the English victory was the intimidating-sounding “Warwolf,” allegedly the largest trebuchet ever made.  This mighty siege engine catapulted rocks...
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July 17, 1917: King George V Changes the Last Name of the British Royal Family

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From the Series Lil’ History Chips On July 17, 1917, King George V of the United Kingdom changed the British royal family’s name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the more English-sounding Windsor. A blatantly political move, changing the German name was done under pressure from a war-weary nation that had been fighting  in what at the time had...
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