" Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave. "
Mark Twain

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Czechoslovakia Gains Independence

The creation of Czechoslovakia was the culmination of the long struggle of the Czechs against their Austrian rulers. Benefiting from a liberal, democratic constitution and the inheritance of about 3/4 of all the industry of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the new republic appeared to have a bright future. With its antagonistic and nationalistic ethnic elements, however, the new state was far from being a stable unit. How did the nationality problem lead to a European crisis on the eve of WWII?



1998 Jonesboro School Massacre

On March 24, 1998, Mitchell Johnson, age 13, and Andrew Golden, age 11, opened fire on students and teachers at their Arkansas middle school. Johnson hid in a wooded area and waited while Golden set off the school's fire alarm. Then, as the building was being evacuated, the two boys shot and killed four students and a teacher; another 10 people were wounded in the shooting. Both boys were apprehended, tried, and convicted. When were they released from custody?

Born on a day like today


Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone is the president and CEO of Formula One (F1) Management and F1 Administration. Originally a racer, he gave up the sport after an accident in 1951, later returning as a manager and, eventually, a team owner. In the 1970s, he negotiated broadcasting rights with major TV networks that helped market the sport worldwide. In 2004, his home became the most expensive house ever sold when a steel magnate bought it for how many millions of dollars?

Last updated on Sunday, 28th October 2007

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