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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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The shortest war in history

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War can drag on for years and is devastating to the countries, resources, and people involved. However, not every war is a long, drawn-out conflict. The shortest war recorded in history took place on August 27, 1896 (literally just that one day) between the United Kingdon and the Zanzibar Sultanate. In a nutshell, a pro-British sultan died and another guy took his place. The British weren’t too keen on this other guy and in accordance with a treaty requiring that the British sign off on any accession to the sultanate, they demanded that he order his forces to stand down and vacate the palace. The sultan barricaded himself in the palace, and the British bombarded the place. The Zanzibar defenders were outgunned, and the flag at the palace was shot down approximately 38 minutes after the war began. That was the end of that!

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