" I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest. "
Agatha Christie

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Johnny Carson Hosts The Tonight Show for Last Time

Johnny Carson hosted NBC's The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. During his tenure, the show won seven Emmy Awards and earned another thirty-five nominations. Carson's Tonight Show was initially based in New York, New York. In May 1972, the show moved to Burbank, California, where it remained for the rest of its run and continues today with its current host, Jay Leno. How many people tuned in to watch Carson's last show?



Gibson Girl

The Gibson Girl was an iconic representation of the feminine ideal in the US at the turn of the 20th century, as portrayed by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. The Gibson Girl was tall and slender, with an hourglass figure and tightly corseted wasp waist. Why was an RAAF survival radio transmitter carried by WWII aircraft on over-water operations nicknamed the 'Gibson Girl'?

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Giacomo Matteotti

Matteotti was an Italian Socialist leader, member of parliament, and outstanding opponent of the Fascist regime during its early days. His murder by Fascist hirelings precipitated a parliamentary crisis that Mussolini overcame by disavowing the murder and tightening police control. With the crushing of the opposition through Matteotti's assassination, Mussolini's dictatorship may be said to have begun. Recent scholarship suggests what about the involvement of Mussolini in the murder?

Last updated on Tuesday, 22nd May 2007

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