" The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor. "
George Bernard Shaw

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Fidel Castro Announces Cuba Will Adopt Communism

In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that, under his leadership, Cuba would become a Communist state. His announcement came nearly eight months after the disastrous, US-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion. Cuba's adoption of Communism, coupled with the country's proximity to the US, was a key element in the Cold War and continues to affect international relations. How many attempts have been made on Castro's life?



Eurovision Song Contest

More than 50 years after the annual Eurovision Song Contest was first broadcast, it remains one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world. Participating nations submit songs, and the live performance is broadcast simultaneously to all countries in the Eurovision Network. The participant states then vote for the winner, but are not allowed to vote for their own country's entry. What country abolished its normal tourist visa requirements to coincide with its hosting of the contest?

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Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace was considered a master of fashion. Born in Calabria, in southern Italy, he learned to design and make his own clothes as a young boy. By 1978, he had opened his own boutique and was soon dressing celebrities like Elton John and Jon Bon Jovi. He was awarded the coveted American Fashion Oscar in 1993, but in 1997 his career was cut short when he was murdered on the steps of his Miami, Florida, mansion. What has happened to the Versace label since Gianni Versace's death?

Last updated on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

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