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21 September 2012 @ 06:47 am
On this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word "traitor."

Arnold was born into a well-respected family in Norwich, Connecticut, on January 14, 1741. He apprenticed with an apothecary and was a member of the militia during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). He later became a successful trader and joined the Continental Army when the Revolutionary War broke out between Great Britain and its 13 American colonies in 1775. When the war ended in 1883, the colonies had won their independence from Britain and formed a new nation, the United States.

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By Michael Holden
LONDON | Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:37pm IST

(Reuters) - Archaeologists searching for the body of England's King Richard III under a city centre parking lot said on Wednesday they had found remains which could be those of the monarch depicted by Shakespeare as an evil, deformed, child-murdering monster.

Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in central England in 1485 and his bones reportedly ended up in a Franciscan friary known as Greyfriars, now located under a car park in the centre of Leicester.

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11 April 2012 @ 12:32 pm
I just started rereading The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War by Antonia Fraser. I love this book and highly recommend it, though it can be dry at times, it's still a great read and mentions one of my favorites, Queen Jinga.
((Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated April 4th, 1968. In honor of Dr. King, what are your favorite biographies, documentaries, anything, about Dr. King? What are your favorite books about Civil Rights in the USA and other countries? Biographies, documentaries, anything, about other Civil Rights leaders, famous and not so famous?))


Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.

In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He organized a Poor People's Campaign to focus on the issue, including an interracial poor people's march on Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On March 28, a workers' protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration.

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December 20, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

By Catherine Hickley
Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- On a mild November day in 1811, the author Heinrich von Kleist shot his terminally ill friend Henriette Vogel by Berlin’s Wannsee lake. A minute later, he turned the gun on himself. She was 31, he was 34.

They had written their farewell letters during a long last night, fueled by wine and coffee laced with rum. The staff at the inn they stayed at told police the pair was high-spirited, even exuberant as they made their way along the shore, ordering more coffee before carrying out their suicide pact.

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29 November 2011 @ 02:12 am
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A 1915 murder-suicide is revisited
Volunteers sorting old court records come across a note.

By Tom Stafford, Staff Writer
9:33 PM Sunday, November 27, 2011

Removing old paperclips and straight pins, discarding the wormlike remains of ancient rubber bands, then straightening folded papers for insertion in acid-free folders can be as tedious as a too long sentence.

So when volunteers sorting and filing old probate cases at the Clark County Historical Society come across something unusual — say a hand-written note — they often entertain one another by reading it.

Thus did Amber Lopez come to read aloud the lightly pencilled, mostly legible note in the 1915 probate case of Evelyn and Catharine Anjean Welsheimer. As it turned out, only the lettering was light.

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By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 1:22 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. — A recently discovered manuscript by Eugene O’Neill that’s based on a suicide attempt by the playwright has been acquired by a library at Yale University.

All copies of the one-act play, “Exorcism,” were assumed to be lost until a researcher sifting through another writer’s papers discovered the manuscript earlier this year.

O’Neill, who died in 1953, is the only American playwright to receive the Nobel Prize for literature.

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19 October 2011 @ 01:52 pm
So.... do you think he committed suicide or was murdered?