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President Taft Pardons William H. Van Schaick

Over 1,000 people died when the General Slocum, a passenger steamship, caught fire in New York's East River in 1904. It was the city's worst loss-of-life disaster until the attacks of September 11, 2001. Van Schaick, the ship's captain, was indicted for negligence and failure to maintain fire safety equipment and received a 10 year sentence. He was paroled after serving 3½ years in prison and later pardoned by President Taft. Why were most of the passengers unable to escape the fire?

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The Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge was the extremist Communist organization that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. It was one of the most lethal regimes of the 20th c and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people through execution, starvation, and forced labor. Victims were often buried in mass grave sites, known as The Killing Fields, scattered throughout Cambodia. Whom did the Khmer Rouge target for their “re-education” campaigns?

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Reggie White

White, an ordained Evangelical Christian minister, was known as the "Minister of Defense" in the National Football League (NFL). At the time of his retirement, White was the NFL's all-time sack leader and had led the Green Bay Packers to 2 Super Bowls, including one victory. White soon returned to football, claiming that God had ordered him to “fulfill his commitment.” In what controversial advertising campaign did he make an appearance in the late 1980s?

Last updated on Wednesday, 19th December 2007

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