" Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. "
Bertrand Russell

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Fidel Castro Announces Cuba Will Adopt Communism

Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced in a national broadcast speech that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba would adopt Communism. His announcement came nearly 8 months after the Bay of Pigs invasion by the US. Cuba's adoption of Communism, coupled with its proximity to the US, was a key element in the Cold War and continues to affect international relations. How many attempts on Castro's life are estimated to have been committed by the CIA?



Joan Baez

Baez is an American folk singer and political activist known for her distinctive vocal style. Because her family moved frequently, she lived in cities all across the US and Europe and spent a year in Baghdad. She began performing at coffeehouses in Boston, at the time the epicenter of the folk music scene. After she appeared at the Newport Folk Festival, she began recording, and her second and third albums went gold. With whom did she recently appear at an anti-war protest in Texas?

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Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace was considered a master of fashion. Born in Calabria, in southern Italy, he learned to design and make his own clothes as a young boy. By 1978, he had opened his own boutique and was soon dressing celebrities like Elton John and Jon Bon Jovi. He was awarded the coveted American Fashion Oscar in 1993, but in 1997 his career was cut short when he was murdered on the steps of his Miami, Florida, mansion. What has happened to the Versace label since Gianni Versace's death?

Last updated on Saturday, 2nd December 2006

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