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Umberto I of Italy Assassinated

Umberto I, son of Vittorio Emanuele II of the House of Savoy, was the King of Italy from January 9, 1878 until his death. Officially nicknamed "the Good," he was deeply loathed in left-wing circles because of his hard-line conservatism and support of the Bava Beccaris massacre in Milan. He was the only modern King of Italy to be assassinated. How many attempts on his life did he escape before he was killed?



Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Agnesi was an Italian linguist, mathematician, and philosopher. Credited with writing the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus, she was a child prodigy. When she was 9, she composed and delivered an hour-long speech in Latin to an academic gathering; she spoke of women's right to education. By the age of 13, she was fluent in at least 7 languages. At age 20, however, she withdrew from society, avoiding all social interaction. She was the 2nd woman to be appointed what?

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Max Nordau

Nordau was a Hungarian Zionist leader, physician, author, and social critic. He co-founded the World Zionist Organization together with Theodor Herzl, and was president or vice president of several Zionist congresses. As a social critic, he wrote a number of controversial books, including The Conventional Lies of Our Civilization, Degeneration, and Paradoxes. Nordau was a fully assimilated and acculturated European Jew when what major event sparked his interest in Zionism?

Last updated on Sunday, 29th July 2007

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