" Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends can only read the title. "
Virginia Woolf

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Batista Leads a Successful Coup in Cuba

Army sergeant Fulgencio Batista was a major figure during the ousting of the Cuban Céspedes government in 1933. The coup leaders installed Ramón Grau San Martín as president, but just months later, Batista forced Grau's resignation and became Cuba's de facto ruler. After a brief period of exile (1944-1949), Batista returned to Cuba and once again led a coup to seize power. His second term as president was marked by brutal repression, which led to several uprisings, including one led by whom?



Destroying Angels

Originally reserved as a delicacy for the elite, edible mushrooms are now extensively grown on a commercial scale. There are, however, many poisonous species of mushroom, and the destroying angels of the Amanita genus are among the most toxic mushrooms known to man. Destroying angels are characterized by their white stalks and gills and have a telltale collar-like structure, or volva, at the base of their stalks. How soon after ingesting the toxic mushroom do symptoms of poisoning appear?

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Alexander III of Russia

Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. As ruler, he sought to counteract what he considered the excessive liberalism of his father's reign and pursued a reactionary policy that promoted Russification and the persecution of religious minorities. A protectionist economic policy enabled rapid industrial development and helped spread Marxist and social democratic ideas throughout Russia. To which of Alexander's relatives was his wife, Dagmar, originally engaged?

Last updated on Monday, 10th March 2008

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