" There's no use in weeping,
Though we are condemned to part:
There's such a thing as keeping
A remembrance in one's heart...
Charlotte Bronte

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The International Olympic Committee Is Founded

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is an organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland, that was founded by Pierre de Coubertin with the aim of reinstating the ancient Olympic Games that were held in Greece (776 BCE–393 CE). Today, the IOC constitutes a single legal entity that owns copyrights, trademarks, and other intangible properties associated with the Olympic games, such as the Olympic logos. When and where were the first modern Summer Olympics held?



The Disappearance of the Mona Lisa

The world's most famous case of art theft—the removal of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911—was solved when museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia tried to sell the painting to a gallery in Italy. He had kept the masterpiece in his apartment for two years after having simply walked out of the museum with it hidden under his coat. What famous painter—some of whose own sketches would be stolen more than 50 years later—was questioned before Peruggia was caught?

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Alfred Kinsey

Kinsey was an American biologist noted for his 1948 study Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and its 1953 follow-up, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Based upon thousands of interviews, the Kinsey Reports generated much controversy by revealing a greater variety of sexual behavior than had previously been discussed. The two books are still the bestselling scientific books of all time. Who starred as Kinsey in the 2004 biographical film about his life?

Last updated on Monday, 23rd June 2008

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