Truth or Falsehood?
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False: Although British mourners did walk the streets in black, the Queen had officially banned the colour black from her funeral prior to her death and so the hangings in Londonís streets were purple cashmere and white satin.
False: Although the assassinations were a catalyst for the war, the actual causes of the war were many and long-standing, including an arms race and the race to build bigger colonial empires.
True: Although government efforts such as FDRís Hundred Days plan did alleviate the problem, the worldwide Depression was only truly solved when WWII jump-started economies in countries involved in the war.
True: Hitler proclaimed that his Third Reich would last a thousand years. Unfortunately for Hitler, his Thousand-Year Reich expired 988 years early when the Allies won the war and Hitler committed suicide.
True: The first such computer was built by John Eckert and John Mauchly of the University of Pennsylvania for the U.S. army. However, they soon left to form their own company producing computers for commercial purposes.
False: The first man in space was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The first American in space, Commander Alan Shepherd, trailed behind by nearly a month. The Russians kept their lead in the space race until the US put the first men on the moon.
False: When Mao died, a battle for control of power ensued and Jiang Qing and the rest of the notorious Gang of Four was arrested and put to trial for the criminal excesses of the Cultural revolution. Jiang Qing, formerly a B-grade movie actress, was eventually sentenced to death (later commuted to life imprisonment) in 1980.
False: Soviet authorities did not acknowledge that a disaster had taken place until scientists and technicians at nuclear plants across Western Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland) began noticing abnormally high levels of radiation in the winds blowing from the east several days after the "accident". Although some 135,000 people were evacuated in all, many were not evacuated until weeks later.
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