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Is the portrayal of people of color in Enola Holmes movies historically accurate?

Yes. There are historical records of many specific Black people living in The United Kingdom between 1870 and 1930 (or so) who were respected professionals. Medicine and the military seem to be ...
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Did Neil Armstrong really do this on the Moon?

There is no evidence to show he did this, but it's not implausible. I've read a number of historical accounts of NASA through the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo era, as well as biographies of many ...
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Did Churchill really talk to people on the London Underground?

It's an invention for the movie: TheWrap put the question to “Darkest Hour” screenwriter Anthony McCarten, who not only wrote the screenplay but has published a companion history book about the ...
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Did Neil Armstrong really do this on the Moon?

This is addressed explicitly in the biography First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by James R. Hansen, which the film is based on, and whose author is presumably the Jim mentioned in wcullen's ...
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Is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk historically inaccurate in portraying absence of the Indian army?

TL;DR Indian soldiers were stuck in the Dunkirk too. And the Royal Indian Army Corps was not only present on the beach, but also involved in transporting supplies to terrains that were not easy to ...
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Was Freemasonry such a big problem in 1980s UK policing?

It was a perceived problem. Freemasonry was blamed for everything in the 80s. There were books about it. It was in all the red-top newspapers. They were demonised as being some evil secret club where ...
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Is the portrayal of people of color in Enola Holmes movies historically accurate?

David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre was elected MP for Sudbury in 1841 (before being removed for corruption after nine months), decades before the era of the films, and was of Anglo-Indian descent. More in ...
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Is the bird killing in The Prestige based on historical reality?

It is based on a real trick, but the sources I provided do not conclusively state if any birds in these acts were ever killed. Only rumors and at least one inquiry, resulting in no substantial proof. ...
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Did John Glenn really ask for that?

From IMDB.com trivia section: While John Glenn did specifically request that Katherine Johnson review all of the numbers for the Friendship 7 mission before he would agree to go through with it, he ...
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Why is Havana covered in 5-digit numbers in Our Man in Havana?

These are lottery numbers. The location above is, as per Graham Greene's novel: “…the square at the top of Lamparilla Street… swallowed up among the pimps and lottery sellers of the Havana noon.” ...
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Did Oskar Schindler really lament not having saved more Jews?

According to David M. Crowe’s book Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities and the True Story Behind The List... NO. Among the key revelations in Crowe’s book: Oskar ...
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Is the bird killing in The Prestige based on historical reality?

I did a little research on this question and it appears that the trick MIGHT kill the canary, or might not, but inevitably did result in a lot of bird deaths. Here is the notice: The vanishing bird ...
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Did Neil Armstrong really do this on the Moon?

Possibly Apparently screenwriter Josh Singer asked Armstrong's sister, June Hoffman, whether her brother had left something for Karen on the moon. June's response: "Oh, I dearly hope so." &...
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Did Neil Armstrong really do this on the Moon?

Armstrong never spoke about this publicly. Jay Barbree's biography Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014) says, on p. 272 of the paperback edition, In the lunar dust, Neil and ...
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Did the Battle of Iwo Jima really happen on black soil?

Did the Battle of Iwo Jima really happen on black soil Yes Iwo Jima is an island of the Japanese Volcano Islands chain south of the Ogasawara Islands and together with them form the Ogasawara ...
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Is HBO's Chernobyl accurate about the sequence of instructions causing reactor stall?

The HBO show depicts events very close to the official soviet version of accident which was presented at IAEA meeting in Vienna in 1986 with Legasov as the head of the soviet delegation and which was ...
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Deliberate miscalibration of shells in Schindler's List -- did this happen in real life?

As a personal opinion, I'd say he wanted people not to be treated abhorrently, or killed for no reason other than their faith or ethnicity. The war he could do little about; his factory & its ...
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Did Native American fighters really manage to sneak up to European trappers by climbing / jumping trees?

According to many sources (like the Indian Battlefield Tactics), Native Americans were fighting with tactics using (and adapted to) the grounds, and, whenever possible (e.g. in the woods) hiding ...
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Why was the Hollywood sign destroyed?

I assume you are referring to this scene Was the sign also destroyed in real life during 1980? Yes...and No. It's not destroyed, rather it had fallen in to a state of disrepair. In 1949, the ...
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What is the historic origin of these Indian burial grounds?

According to Atlas Obscura: First of all, it’s important to note that the Indian Burial Ground, which is sometimes abbreviated to IBG, is a trope, and not a real thing. Pre-Columbian peoples ...
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How accurate is Sully?

The movie is mostly accurate except the negative villain-like portrayal of NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). The movie is based on Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. It is a ...
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Straight Outta Compton - claims of police abuse

Whether the police brutality/harassment scenes in the movie were embellished for creative licensing or not, the fact remains that police corruption, racism and brutality ran rampant in predominantly ...
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How true-to-life was 'Joyeux Noel'?

There is a nice article about this There are very interesting facts about this: Perhaps the biggest misconception about the Christmas Truce of 1914 is that it was limited to the days around ...
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Why would U boats even try to torpedo a Fletcher-class destroyer?

It may have been rare, but it happened. Wikipedia lists 5 Destroyers torpedoed by German U-Boats. I don't see a claim of 'unrealistic' can stand up in the face of confirmed proof.
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Did Mark Zuckerberg answer a question in similar circumstances to this?

According to this blog post by the professor who is depicted in that scene: in fact there is a scene where I'm shown teaching the Operating Systems course (in a commanding performance by Brian ...
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What is the term the street thugs called the policemen in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows?

The word is actually Peelers. Which was slang for Police Officer back then. From the surname of Sir Robert Peel, who established the Irish constabulary and London's police force. Peel entered the ...
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Why do cars in movies set in earlier eras always look brand new?

Because the owners of the cars keep them like that. I will base my answer on three sources: Barn Find Hunter series by Hagerty on YouTube. In one of the episodes, Tom Cotter visits a collector ...
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In 1917, would a British Army Colonel truly have told a Lance Corporal to "fuck off"?

Yes, it's quite realistic In fact, we know from records of the time that swearing was extremely common among the British armed forces in World War I, for example It became so common that an effective ...
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Is Billy Breckenridge gay?

Possibly It must be recalled that what "evidence" we have is based on written accounts which, it must be stated, are not unbiased. My googling has unearthed the 'fact' that it was rumoured ...
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