" She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining. "
Kate Chopin

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Ellen Turner Abducted in Forced Marriage Ploy

At just 15 years of age, Ellen Turner, the eligible daughter of a wealthy English mill owner, caught the attention of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. He hatched a plan to kidnap and marry her, thereby gaining access to her sizeable inheritance. After convincing the mistresses at Turner's boarding school that her father had sent for her, Wakefield abducted the young girl and married her. He expected her family to accept the union rather than face a public scandal, but instead they did what?



Gonzo's Roots

In 1970, journalist Hunter S. Thompson was assigned to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan's Monthly. With a deadline fast approaching and his story still unwritten, Thompson desperately resorted to tearing out pages of his notes and sending them to his editor. The resulting story, titled “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” became the first example of Gonzo journalism. Whose belief that “fiction is often the best fact” formed the basis for Thompson's subjective writing style?

Born on a day like today


Rudi Dutschke

Rudi Dutschke was an important figure in the Socialist German Student Union, or SDS, and the most prominent spokesperson of the left-wing German student movement of the 1960s, a movement aimed at creating a more democratic society and overcoming social injustice. In 1968, Dutschke survived an assassination attempt by a right-wing extremist who shot him in the head. How was his death 12 years later directly related to the injuries he suffered during that attack?

Last updated on Friday, 7th March 2008

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