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Twitter has tons of historical trivia to offer. These fun-to-follow history tweets just might teach you a thing or two:
- American History Fun: Follow for history trivia, quotes, fun facts and stories from American history.
- Mental Floss: Did you know that during the bitter Adams-Jefferson election of 1800, Martha Washington called Jefferson “one of the most detestable of mankind”? Get more off-the-wall trivia from Mental Floss magazine.
- Anthony Evans: Genealogist Luke Mouland (@kithandkin) posts poignant extracts from 19th-century Londoner Anthony Evans’ diary.
- Discover Civil War: The National Archives and Records Administration tweets news and little-known facts from its traveling Discovering the Civil War exhibit.
- JQAdams–MHS: Folks from the Massachusetts Historical Society post peeks at John Quincy Adams’ diary, a line at a time.
- Timelines: Get “today in history” tweets, such as this one from July 7: “Houdini performed overboard box trick 1st time today in 1912 in East River.”
- Tweets of Old: Funny tidbits from old newspapers “attempt to reveal the lives of our predecessors through the tweets of yesteryear.”
From the July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine
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