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  • Many know of General Lafayette and France's assistance in the American Revolution. But in August 1779, General Bernardo de Gálvez, governor of Spanish Louisiana, captured all four British forts in the lower Mississippi including Baton Rouge and Natchez. He captured 550 enemy soldiers and two naval vessels, one of which was captured from land, within one month.
  • In 1781, former slave, James Armistead, joined the American Revolution under General Lafayette and the French forces. He was used as a spy and was ultimately able to gain access to General Cornwallis' headquarters. It was from there that he was able to obtain key intelligence for the Revolutionary forces leading up to the Battle of Yorktown.
  • During WWII, the U.S. occupied Greenland to prevent it from being captured by the Nazis. They were so impressed by the country that they offered to buy it from Denmark for $100 million after the war ended, but Denmark refused.
  • In 2015, 3000-year-old honey was discovered in one of Egypt's pyramids, still perfectly edible.
  • Despite her family ruling Egypt for hundreds of years, Cleopatra was the first in her family to learn Egyptian.
  • In 2014, a French physicist conducted a study on whether cats should be classified as solids or liquids because of how they seem to take the shape of whatever they're in. He won the Ig Noble Prize for it. Seriously.

 

                Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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