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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #580 on: 09 Nov 2019, 15:39 »
I'm starting to wonder if you're taking this seriously.  :wink:

Hey... Im just going off the clues and not googling anything...

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #581 on: 09 Nov 2019, 15:40 »
We don't spend as much time with cowboys as you do, Mr Cow.

Most of us have to go off what we learned from Die Hard.

Roy Rogers?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #582 on: 09 Nov 2019, 15:45 »

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #583 on: 10 Nov 2019, 02:15 »
Roy Rogers?
TRIGGERED!!!
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Okay, how about this clue: He once played himself in a movie about how he won the Medal of Honor.
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #584 on: 10 Nov 2019, 05:53 »
Okay, with a bit of research...

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #585 on: 10 Nov 2019, 09:23 »
You're probably right, given the photo in his Wikipedia page, where he has more medals on his jacket than buttons: (laugh)

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I've seen him in a bunch of films, but I didn't remember his name. Nor knew about his medals. Nor that he was a veteran. Thinking about it, I knew very little about him...

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #586 on: 10 Nov 2019, 17:08 »
Audie Murphy it is. Hell of a good soldier. His PTSD made a wreck of his later life though.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #587 on: 11 Nov 2019, 04:40 »
OK Mandle, give us something good...

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #588 on: 11 Nov 2019, 11:44 »
By pretending he had never read a letter he most likely saved humanity. (or, as with most history, so the story goes)

Who was he and what was the circumstance?

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #589 on: 11 Nov 2019, 12:24 »
Stanislav Petrov? The Russian man who refused to launch a nuclear attack during the Cold War? Although I'm not sure that a letter was involved.

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #590 on: 11 Nov 2019, 14:05 »
Yeah Cold War has got to be connected to the answer if we're talking about destruction of humanity. If an attack was ordered, it's unlikely to have occurred after the installation of the nuclear hotline between the Soviet Union and the US in the early 1960s. So...the answer must be someone operating as, or connected closely to, Secretary of Defence (or the Soviet equivalent) between 1945 and 1960. Can anyone name these people? (I can't!)

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #591 on: 11 Nov 2019, 15:36 »
Stanislav Petrov? The Russian man who refused to launch a nuclear attack during the Cold War? Although I'm not sure that a letter was involved.

Not the answer I was looking for, but I must look into the story of this man... He saved us all!

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #592 on: 22 Nov 2019, 22:20 »
It is the closest we have even come (they we publicly know of) to deliberate nuclear war.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #593 on: 03 Dec 2019, 14:52 »
It was a real Crisis!

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #594 on: 03 Dec 2019, 16:26 »
I take it this was connected to the Cuban Missile Crisis? Even if it is, I don't recall any story like that at all, so I'm tapping out. It has been almost a month on this one, so perhaps no one knows?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #595 on: 03 Dec 2019, 16:45 »
I take it this was connected to the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Yes.

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #596 on: 09 Dec 2019, 03:45 »
Another week rolls by. Does anyone know it?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #597 on: 09 Dec 2019, 07:07 »
I will just answer it so we can move on...

This is from an article on Khrushchev...

"On October 26, Khrushchev sent Kennedy another letter. In this he proposed that the Soviet Union would be willing to remove the missiles in Cuba in exchange for a promise by the United States that they would not invade Cuba. The next day a second letter from Khrushchev arrived demanding that the United States remove their nuclear bases in Turkey.

While the president and his advisers were analyzing Khrushchev's two letters, news came through that a U-2 plane had been shot down over Cuba. The leaders of the military, reminding Kennedy of the promise he had made, argued that he should now give orders for the bombing of Cuba. Kennedy refused and instead sent a letter to Khrushchev accepting the terms of his first letter.

Khrushchev agreed and gave orders for the missiles to be dismantled."


Even though the second, more threatening, letter came later, Kennedy, in a brilliant move, pretended that he had never seen it and replied to the first, more conciliatory, letter instead.

It worked and we are all still alive today to look back in wonder and terror at how close we came to the edge.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #598 on: 09 Dec 2019, 22:38 »


The last real president of the United States.

Does anyone know any more incredibly stupid things that Kennedy avoided? I got one.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #599 on: 09 Dec 2019, 23:29 »
Does anyone know any more incredibly stupid things that Kennedy avoided?

Old age?