World leaders facts

2 Australian Prime Ministers Have Lost Their Seat

Reading Time: < 1 minute Only 2 incumbent Australian Prime Ministers have lost their seats in an election. The first was Stanley Bruce in October 1929 and the second was the second longest serving Prime Minister John Howard (pictured) in December 2007. Both lost their seats on an industrial relations platform. To be able to be Prime Minister a person …

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Only One Australian Prime Minister Has Retired

Reading Time: < 1 minute The only Australian Prime Minister to leave office at a time of his or her own choosing was Robert (Bob) Gordon Menzies, who retired 26th January 1966 after serving a combined total of 18 years over 2 terms. All others were either removed by a general election, their party replaced them or they died in …

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Henry VIII Was Thin Until He Had An Accident

Reading Time: 2 minutes He was the prime example of medieval gluttony. King Henry VIII of England was an over weight, over sexed and it would appear, out of control when it comes to marriages and religion. Most portraits of the king show a man who is clearly obese, or extremely over weight at best. But he wasn’t always …

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Only 1 Australian Prime Minister Has Been Sacked By The Head Of State

Reading Time: < 1 minute Only 1 Australian Prime Minister has been forcefully removed from office by the head of state, the Governor General who is Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Australia and it very controversial. The Prime Minister was Gough Whitlam and the Governor General was Sir John Kerr. It began with a series of events in October 1975 when …

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An Australian Prime Minister Held The World Record For Drinking A Yard Of Beer

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Australian Prime Minister held the world record for drinking a yard of beer. Could you possibly imagine a politician today, in any country, completing such a feat? Even former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, who was famed for his drinking would have been proud of this. So how do you think this would have gone …

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The Newport Scandal, FDR’s Crackdown On Gays In The Navy Involved Oral Sex

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Newport scandal arose in 1919 following a poorly thought through exercise to investigate suspected homosexuals in the US Navy. It created controversy because of the methods used, and how enlisted personnel¬†were also¬†used in the investigation. One of the methods used to “weed out” homosexuals was by performing oral sex on enlisted men. Who could …

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Robert Todd Lincoln Witnessed Three Presidential Assassinations

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m not sure if this is just plain bad luck or pure coincidence. Robert Todd Lincoln was an American lawyer and Secretary of War, and also the eldest son of former President Abraham Lincoln. Being the child of a President would often be enough for one persons claim to fame, but for Robert Lincoln however, …

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Abraham Lincoln Nearly Had a Duel with James Shields

Reading Time: 2 minutes Abraham Lincoln almost had a duel with James Shields, an attorney in Illinois. What was it that could have caused Abraham Lincoln to almost be involved in a duel with a fellow Illinois law man? As with all duels it was a question of honor. You’ll never believe why it didn’t proceed. There’s little doubt …

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William the Conquerors Stomach Exploded

Reading Time: 3 minutes You may have seen our article about the unfortunate decomposition event, if we can call it that, of Henry VIII of England. But it would appear as though he was not the only king of England to have part of his anatomy explode. In fact, William the Conqueror’s stomach exploded too. William the Conqueror is …

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Napoleon Was Attacked by Rabbits, and Lost

Reading Time: 3 minutes Napoleon Bonaparte was attacked by a pack of rabbits. No, don’t laugh, it actually happened. Not only was Napoleon attacked by rabbits, but it happened when he was the most powerful man in the world. But if you think the French president and general of the army being attacked by rabbits is funny, wait until …

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