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Why the Americans used the atomic bomb

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Why the Americans used the atomic bomb On August 6, 1945, the Americans detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, they did the same over the city of Nagasaki. The two events claimed between 129,000 and 226,000 lives during the first four months after the explosion. About half of the people died on the spot and many more over the years. It was the only use of these weapons of mass destruction in practice. Why did the Americans take this step, and was it necessary at all? Read more

Why the Hungry Wall was built

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Why the Hungry Wall was built The Hunger Wall is a part of the preserved Prague fortifications beginning at Újezd and stretching uphill to Petřín and further through the Strahov Monastery to Hradčany. This wall is an iconic monument of Petřín Hill. But why was it built and why is it called Hunger? Read more

Why John Amos Comenius left Bohemia

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Why John Amos Comenius left Bohemia John Amos Comenius was an important Czech pedagogue, writer and bishop of the Unity of Brethren. He considered himself to be a Moravian, by language a Czech, and a theologian by profession. Nevertheless, he had to leave the Czech lands at the age of 36. Why was that so and why did he never return to Bohemia? Read more

Why the National Theater burned down

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Why the National Theater burned down The National Theater in Prague is the most famous Czech theater and is one of the most important symbols of Czech patriotism. The reason why we all remember it so well is perhaps the fact that on August 12, 1881, just two months after the grand opening, it burned down. But what caused the fire in the first place? Read more

Why do drivers in England drive on the left side

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Why do drivers in England drive on the left side We all know for sure that in the United Kingdom you drive on the road on the left. But do we know that to this day drivers drive on the left in another 74 countries and in 1919 even drivers from 104 countries, including Czechoslovakia, drove on the left? But why is it that people in Britain and other countries drive on the left? Read more

Why the State of Israel was created

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Why the State of Israel was created Israel is a relatively small country in terms of area and population. On the other hand, it is strong technologically, economically, militarily and politically. Set in the middle of the Islamic world, it has gone through several wars during its short existence and is practically constantly struggling with various skirmishes and incidents. Why did the state of Israel even come into being and why is there so much fuss about it in the region? Read more

Why the Inca Empire fell

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Why the Inca Empire fell The Inca Empire was the largest American empire before the arrival of the Spaniards. During its greatest glory, its population numbered over 10 million people and its area corresponded to the area of today's Mexico, which is the 13th largest country in the world. Nevertheless, the Inca Empire fell only a few years after its discovery by the Spaniards. Was only a small group of Spanish conquerors really behind its demise, or did something else cause its downfall? Read more

Why did the Aztec empire fall

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Why did the Aztec empire fall We were taught in elementary schools that the great American civilizations, namely the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca, perished shortly after the arrival of the Spaniards, in which the locals saw the Gods. However, this rumor was born only in the minds of some Spanish propagandists. But why aren't these nations today what they used to be? What really happened after the arrival of the Spaniards? Were the Spaniards the main driving force behind the fall of the Aztec Empire? Read more

Why mammoths became extinct

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Why mammoths became extinct Mammoths were the majestic inhabitants of the northern hemisphere from Western Europe through North Asia to North America. From skeletal remains, paintings in caves and modern scientific methods, we know for sure that they lived close to people and were even hunted for meat. Why aren't they among us today? Did they become extinctinct by human, global warming, or was the cause completely different? Read more

Why is the Ode to Joy the anthem of the European Union

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Why is the Ode to Joy the anthem of the European Union The Ode to Joy, the fourth and last movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, became the anthem of the Council of Europe in 1972 and of the European Community in 1985. Eight years later, the anthem was adopted by the then European Union. But why did the choice fall on this symphony? Read more