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Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash

Right fielder Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP award in 1966, as well as 12 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. In 1973, he became the second Hispanic-American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clemente, who was dedicated to charity work, was traveling to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico. How has Puerto Rico honored him?



Nauvoo Temple

After Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, and his Mormon followers were forced to flee Missouri in 1839, they established a new community in Nauvoo, Illinois. They soon set to building a grandiose temple, but construction was only half complete when Smith was assassinated in 1844. Two years later, the Mormons were driven from that city as well. They tried to sell their temple for $200,000, but it ultimately sold for what greatly reduced price?

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Simon Wiesenthal

Wiesenthal was a Nazi hunter who devoted his life to tracking down fugitive war criminals. During WWII, he was sent to a forced labor camp and several concentration camps. By the time he was liberated by US troops in 1945, 89 of his relatives had been slaughtered. Wiesenthal devoted the rest of his life to identifying Nazis and bringing them to justice. Among his most high-profile successes was the capture of Karl Silberbauer, the Gestapo officer responsible for the arrest of whom?

Last updated on Monday, 31st December 2007

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