1. In what was called the Dancing Plague of 1518, numerous people took to the streets of France and danced for days at a time, many until their death.
The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.
2. In the 1950s, the CIA abducted and tortured random American citizens for experimentation. These activities were given the code name MKULTRA.
3. The Sacred Band of Thebes was an army of 300 men in 4th century Greece consisting completely of male homosexual couples. The idea was the soldiers would fight harder to protect their lovers.
The Sacred Band of Thebes (Ancient Greek: Ἱερὸς Λόχος, Hieròs Lókhos) was a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. It is said to have been organized by the Theban commander Gorgidas in 378 BC and to have played a crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra. It was annihilated by Philip II of Macedon in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC.
4. Oral sex was illegal in Canada until 1969.
5. A plan to attack American cities to justify war with Cuba was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962 only to be rejected by President John F. Kennedy. This proposal was called Operation Northwoods.
Operation Northwoods was a proposed operation against the Cuban government, that originated within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other US government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The proposals were rejected by the Kennedy administration.
6. Astronaut Gordon Cooper used only a wristwatch, knowledge of star patterns, and math estimations to find the correct pitch for re-entry when his capsule lost power.
7. Andrew Jackson was the only United States president to ever pay off the national debt in full.
8. French mathematician Joseph Fourier believed wrapping himself in his blanket was beneficial to his health. He died after tripping on it and falling down the stairs.
9. In the 1500s, Mapuche warrior Galvarino had both hands cut off as punishment for defying the Spanish. He returned home, raised an army, and fought the Spanish with blades tied to the stubs of his arms.
10. The love life of Roman Emperor Claudius was considered unusual at the time because he only liked women, not men.
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