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Pan Am Flight 103 Explodes

After a three-year investigation, US and UK authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland—an attack that killed 270 people. During a trial held a decade later in the Netherlands, one of the defendants was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Whose presence on board the airplane has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories about the motivations behind the bombing?

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Eartha Kitt

Kitt, whose career as an actress, singer, and cabaret star has spanned nearly 6 decades, was born to an African-American and Cherokee mother and a Caucasian father during a time when laws prohibiting miscegenation, or interracial marriage, were still in place. Kitt's first starring role was in Orson Welles' production of Dr. Faustus, but she is best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman. What oft-covered Christmas song is Kitt famous for having recorded?

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Benjamin Disraeli

Disraeli, a Conservative politician and novelist, succeeded the earl of Derby as prime minister (PM) of Great Britain in 1868, but lost the office to political rival William Gladstone that same year. During his second term as PM, from 1874 to 1880, Disraeli's ministry enacted a number of domestic reforms. He was a staunch imperialist and, under his leadership, Britain gained a controlling interest in the Suez Canal. Why was Disraeli's first book, Vivian Grey, strongly criticized?

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