A New Year and more issues!

Dear Friends,

We begin this new year with you with our new edition of “A Cup Of History Magazine” where we will always continue to try and thrive and bring you more of the history of the world!

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The Cup Of History Team

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Did you know that during the cold war that took place between the United States and Russia ,the Soviet Union back then, the United States had a 24 hour / 7 days a week  rotation of B-52 bombers loaded with nuclear bombs ready to head to bomb Moscow in the event that The Soviet Union would launch an attack on United States soil.

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Did you know that Kim Philby, was one of the most successful KGB agents, who was a high ranked officer in MI6 the British Secret Intelligence  Service and has worked for the KGB for over 30 years from 1934 to 1963.. He is considered to be one of the major successes for the KGB

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In Mongolia, during the time of Genghis Khan, water was considered a sacred item and could not be used except in specific situations such as drinking. But could not be used for bathing. Also in Mongolia by that time, they lived by a set of rules or codes which were called the Yasa which were upheld and kept by the rulers, such as Genghis Khan.

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Did you know that in ancient Greece, temple priests employed engineers and scientists to invent machines that would help them perform miracles to keep the followers flocking to the temples, and some of these inventions was to make a statue of Artemis bring out milk at the height of the ceremonies through her multi-breasts. Also an invention of the earliest vending machines was a large urn, when a coin is slipped into it as a token to the Gods, it would press on a lever releasing some “Holy Water” to the worshiper and many other inventions.

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In September 52 BC The battle of Alesia took place between Vercingetorix leading the Gallic tribes against Julius Caesar leading the Roman armies..Vercingetorix who had retreated into his fort in Alesia was soon laid under siege by the Roman armies, Vercingetorix relied on his Gallic Allies to attack from the outside. Julius Caesar realising this built his own fortification from outside having this way protected his army from the reinforcing Gallic tribes and forced Vercingetorix into submission. Vercingetorix’s fortification could hold out the Romans but the population started to soon run out of food and cannibalism started to take place. Vercingetorix surrendered to Julius Caesar and the Gallic uprising was put down.

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Did you know that the tradition behind the famous British 5 O’clock tea , goes back to the days of British colonization of India, when British soldiers set out on their daily patrols would find Indians having tea at 5 O’clock and would sit and have some with them and it became a tradition they took with them back to England.

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