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Vladimir Lenin Dies

Lenin was a Russian revolutionary, leader of the Bolshevik party, and the first premier of the USSR. Trained as a lawyer, he turned his attention to Marxism in the 1890s and later adapted it to his own theory, Leninism. By 1921, after years of intense struggle, he and his party had successfully gained control of Russia. He died three years later, and the city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad in his honor. Lenin's Testament, dictated from his deathbed, was first published in what country?



U Thant

Burmese diplomat U Thant served as UN Secretary-General for ten years. During his first term of service, he played a major role in defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis and ending the civil war in the Congo. He was elected to a second term in 1966, but had less success in dealing with the major crises of this later period, which included the Vietnam War and the Six Day War. On the day of U Thant's funeral, a group of students stole his coffin. What short-lived crisis did their actions spark?

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Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn golf into a major spectator sport. Nicklaus won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters—a record number of wins that is as yet unmatched. Nicklaus, who was nicknamed “The Golden Bear” after his high school mascot, was known for eating what food on the golf course in order to maintain his energy?

Last updated on Monday, 21st January 2008

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