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Kennedy Confirms Missile Presence in Cuba

The Cuban Missile Crisis began when US reconnaissance aircraft uncovered Soviet missiles in Cuba. The Soviets denied the existence of the weapons, but they were forced to retract their denial when the US revealed photographic evidence at the UN. President Kennedy demanded the missiles be removed, but Soviet Premier Khrushchev refused, prompting Kennedy to order a blockade of Cuba. The Soviets then demanded the withdrawal of American missiles from what country?




Topiary is the art of clipping or trimming live shrubs or trees into decorative shapes and sculptures. The practice dates from Roman times and was revived in 16th century Europe, where it has since been associated with parterres and terraces in the gardens of the elite. Today, many topiary gardens are open to the public and serve as popular tourist destinations. Where is the world's tallest topiary located?

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Timothy Leary

Leary was a famous psychologist, writer, and controversial proponent of the drug LSD in the 60s. He argued that LSD could alter behavior in unprecedented and beneficial ways if used in the right setting, with the right dosage, and preferably with the guidance of professionals. His position as a symbol of the counter-culture movement made him a target of a criminal investigation and a focus for the debate about drugs in society. What popular counter-culture catchphrase did he coin?

Last updated on Sunday, 22nd October 2006

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