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Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery

Anne Boleyn was the 2nd queen consort of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. When Anne failed to produce male heirs, she was brought to trial on charges of adultery and incest. Under great pressure, a court headed by her uncle the Duke of Norfolk condemned her, and she was beheaded. Two days before her death, her marriage was declared void by the Church of England. Henry's divorce from his first wife, motivated by his desire to marry Anne, initially drove what historical event?



Black Hand

The Black Hand was a secret society founded in Serbia in 1911. It was a splinter cell formed after military officers grew impatient with the wider nationalist movement's moderate efforts to reunite Serbs after the Austro-Hungarian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Black Hand supplied weapons and assistance to 15 people in a plot to assassinate the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand while he was visiting present day Bosnia. What did the assassination trigger?

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Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese nationalist leader, president of North Vietnam, and one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. Traveling to the US and London in the 1910s, he later went to France and became a founding member of the French Communist Party in 1920. He studied revolutionary tactics in Moscow and organized revolutionaries in Indochina. He went to Vietnam after the outbreak of WWII and declared it a republic in 1945. In Vietnam, he is referred to by what name?

Last updated on Saturday, 19th May 2007

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