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Confederate War Ship Photo (1865)

From the early days of photography, pictures we used for intelligence gathering. During the Civil War, the Confederacy purchased many foreign ships, largely from Great Britain. While some were used to raid Union commerce ships, others were used to thwart the Union blockage and bring valuable supplies to the Confederate...

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Michael Jackson's Patent for Anti-Gravity Shoes (1993)

On October 26, 1993, the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson, filed United States Patent #5,255,452: Method and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion. The patent is for the shoes used to perform Jackson's iconic anti-gravity illusion seen on his 1988 music video "Smooth Criminal." Jackson wanted to solidify his "patented...

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Britain Helps Confederate Navy (1865)

As the American Civil War was ending, U.S. Secretary of State wrote this letter in March of 1865 to the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain Charles Francis Adams. Adams was a writer, politician, son of President John Quincy Adams, and grandson and biographer of President John Adams. Charles Francis Adams had also served...

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Nixon's FBI Application (1937)

After graduating from Duke Law School, Richard Milhous Nixon applied to be a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 23, 1937. He received an initial interview with the FBI, but then never heard a response back on his application. Nixon returned home to California and began...

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First Dog (1940s)

Fala was president Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier. FDR was given to FDR by a cousin. Fala was one of the most famous presidential pets and the media often ran stories about the dog. Fala lived seven years after FDR passed away and...

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