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

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Saddam Hussein and the key to Detroit

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So, given all that happened, maybe giving Saddam Hussein the key to the city of Detroit wasn’t the best idea in the world? That’s exactly what happened more than three decades ago. Hussein is largely regarded as an evil man in this country and by most of the world, but starting around 1979, he routinely donated large sums of money to churches in the Detroit area. Reverend Jacob Yasso of Chaldean Sacred Heart traveled to Iraq in 1980 at the request of then-president Hussein, and it was there that Yasso presented him with a key to Detroit (courtesy of then-Mayor Coleman Young).

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