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By Mr. Smarty Pants

JANUARY 3, 2000: 

William Shakespeare spelled his name three different ways while writing his will.

The Soviet Union became the first nation to go into space when it launched the human-made satellite Sputnik-I on Oct. 4, 1957. Sputnik means "companion" or "fellow traveler."

Ellis Island was once an abandoned ammunition dump.

Who's the glutton, horse or bird? The average horse consumes three times its body weight annually. In the same time, a common sparrow will eat over 700 times its body weight.

George Washington had three horses shot out from underneath him, yet was never wounded in battle.

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