Fascinating 20th century Facts

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1. The term "fagot" or "faggot" meant "a bundle of sticks" up until the 20th century.
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2. Diarrhea has killed more people in the 20th century than all the wars combined.
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3. In 1999, Time magazine named Alexander Fleming one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.
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4. Of the 142 million deaths caused by an ideology in the 20th century 94 million were due to communism.

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