" Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. "
Nicolo Machiavelli

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Iraq Invades Kuwait

Hours after Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 660, condemning the invasion and demanding a withdrawal of Iraqi troops. The move was partially motivated by a desire to protect Saudi Arabia and its valuable oilfields. A few months later, UN Resolution 678 set a January 15, 1991, deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces; Hussein did not meet it. How many days after the deadline did the US attack?



Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest urban fire and remains one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history, causing $73.5 million in damages. There were numerous contributing factors, not the least of which was the lax enforcement of Boston's building regulations; over-insurance practices, coupled with this lack of enforcement, left no real incentive to build fire-safe structures. How many years did it take to rebuild the burnt district?

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James Baldwin

Baldwin was a groundbreaking African-American author known for his novel Go Tell it on the Mountain. He dealt with social taboos such as racism and homosexuality at a time when mainstream literature largely ignored them. In 1948, he left America to live in Europe for an extended period and, upon his return, became actively involved in the civil rights movement. Who inspired and supported Baldwin's writing when he was young?

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