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Quebec's Pierre Laporte Kidnapped

The separatist Quebec Liberation Front's (FLQ) kidnapping of Pierre Laporte, Quebec's Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour, began the October Crisis, during which the Canadian government imposed martial law to combat the insurrection. After approximately 200 violent crimes, including bombings that resulted in the deaths of several people, FLQ members were eventually caught and either tried or exiled. Rather than face trial in Quebec, Laporte's kidnappers chose to be exiled to what country?



Robin Hood

This legendary hero of 12th-century England is most recognized for robbing the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Robin Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. He lived in Sherwood Forest with Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, and his band and is the hero of numerous Middle English ballads and many later stories and plays. Where does the first historical mention of Robin Hood appear?

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Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi's highly romantic and nationalistic operas were widely popular during his lifetime and are considered masterpieces today. Some of his themes have even transcended the boundaries of the genre and taken root in popular culture. Verdi had a penchant for drama and a gift for melody, but critics have accused his works of being overly simple in chromatic texture and shamelessly melodramatic. A great admirer of Shakespeare, Verdi based three of his operas on the Bard's plays; which ones?

Last updated on Tuesday, 10th October 2006

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