" Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. "
Rene Descartes

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Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of England

Chamberlain served as prime minister of the UK from 1937 to 1940. His political legacy is defined by his controversial policy of "appeasement" toward Hitler, which culminated in the Munich Pact in 1938. When Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, Chamberlain pledged military support to Poland and led Britain to war. He was forced to resign in 1940, after the British debacle in Norway. Some recent scholarship suggests that Chamberlain's appeasement policy was developed to help Britain do what?



Margot Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn was an English ballet dancer. She made her debut as a soloist in 1934 and gained a reputation for expressive acting and versatility. In 1962, she formed a legendary partnership with the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The pair became known for inspiring repeated frenzied curtain calls and bouquet tosses. Why were they arrested in San Francisco in 1967?

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Jim Thorpe

Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, starred in college and professional football, and played basketball and Major League baseball. He lost his Olympic titles, however, when it was discovered that he had played minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating the amateur status rules, but his medals were later restored to him. Legend has it that Thorpe began his athletic career in what casual way?

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