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Bloody Sunday: Massacre in St. Petersburg

On Bloody Sunday, Tsar Nicholas II's Imperial guards killed anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 unarmed, peaceful demonstrators as they marched toward the Winter Palace. Their intention was to present the Tsar with a petition that included demands for equality before the law, an eight hour workday, minimum wage, and compulsory education. Why was the Russian Orthodox priest who organized the demonstration, Father Gapon, later suspected of being an agent provocateur and hanged?



Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world's greatest wines. In the mid 20th c., Baron Rothschild decided to have each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine's labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both; what happened the second time?

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Bruno Kreisky

Kreisky was the first Jewish chancellor of Austria, holding that position from 1970 to 1983. He worked to rebuild Austria's standing in Europe following the country's affiliation with Nazi Germany during World War II. He instituted many liberal reforms, such as the decriminalization of homosexuality and abortion, and sought to reconcile differences between Israel and Arab states on the world stage. What controversial remarks did he make about Golda Meir and Simon Wiesenthal?

Last updated on Monday, 22nd January 2007

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