" It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy.... It is in our follies that we are one. "
Jerome K. Jerome

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Second Boer War Erupts in South Africa

The Boer Wars were fought between Dutch settlers in S Africa, called Boers, and the British Empire. The 2nd Boer War was sparked by the discovery of gold in the Transvaal, a region that had been annexed to Britain but was headed by anti-British statesman Paul Kruger. Tensions rose as British settlers moved into the region, and the Boer government began limiting their rights. During the war, the British set up a system of concentration camps in which how many internees reportedly died?



Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Bogart, posthumously named the Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute, was an Academy Award winning actor whose accomplishments in the film industry are recognized worldwide. Though Bogart began acting in theater, he is best known for his work in films like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. He became an international cult figure through his roles as a tough, romantic loner, appearing in 75 feature motion pictures. How many times was Bogart married?

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Henry Heinz

Heinz was a pioneer in the American food industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He founded the HJ Heinz Company in 1888, offering "57 varieties" of packaged food products. The company was noted for its fair treatment of workers, and Heinz successfully lobbied the US Congress to introduce laws to improve sanitation and safety within the food preparation industry. Heinz got an early start in the food business; by age nine he was selling his own brand of what?

Last updated on Thursday, 11th October 2007

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