Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Stupid History 30 April - 2 May 2010

Humphrey Bogart never said the line, "Play it again, Sam." In the 1943 movie Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilse, is the one who implores Sam (Dooley Wilson) to "play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'" So no one ever says, "Play it again, Sam," and in fact, Sam never plays "As Time Goes By," he just sings it--Wilson couldn't [play the piano and the accompaniment was dubbed over later.

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During the Battle of Chancellorsville, on the night of May 2, 1863, Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson took a small group of men to uncover a possible weakness in the Union's position. When he returned, he wasn't greeted by a hail of cheers but by a hail of bullets from a North Carolina regiment that thought he was the enemy. Although his wounds didn't seem life threatening at first, Jackson contracted pneumonia after having his left arm amputated and died eight days later.

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