" And so I will take back up my poor life, so plain and so tranquil, where phrases are adventures and the only flowers I gather are metaphors. "
Gustave Flaubert

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Last Public Execution in France

Eugene Weidmann was a convicted thief, kidnapper, and murderer who was the last person to be publicly executed in France. After being arrested and confessing to all his murders, he was beheaded by the guillotine in Versailles, outside the prison Saint-Pierre. The "hysterical behavior" of spectators was so scandalous that French President Albert Lebrun immediately banned all future public executions. Executions by guillotine in France continued in private until what date?



Jet Li

Jet Li is a Chinese martial artist and action star, one of the few actors from China that has achieved fame outside of Asia. When he was 8, Li's mother sent him to train in wushu, an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. He became an expert in wushu and won 15 gold medals in the Chinese championships, earning him fame and leading to a career as an action star. How many bones has he broken during his career?

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Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky was a Russian-American composer considered by many to be the greatest and most versatile composer of the 20th century. He is best known for two ballets, The Rite of Spring and The Firebird, which critics say virtually reinvented the genre. Stravinsky also achieved fame as a pianist and conductor, often at the premieres of his own works. In his Serial period, he began using what method of composition invented by Arnold Schoenberg?

Last updated on Sunday, 17th June 2007

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