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Ned Kelly Is Captured

Ned Kelly is Australia's most famous bushranger and, to many, a folk hero who defied colonial authorities. Ned's trouble with the law began when he was just a teen, and what started as minor scrapes with authorities escalated into more serious crimes, including the bank robberies and murders that eventually led to his execution. Despite Kelly's misdeeds, many believe that he and his family were unfairly targeted by police. In its last stand, the Kelly gang utilized "body armor" made out of what?



The Great Train Robbery

Five days after one of the biggest heists in British history, an anonymous tip led police to a farm where they found the robbers' fingerprints, including some on a Monopoly game that had apparently been played after the robbery—with real money. Thirteen of the criminals involved in the 1963 event now known as "the Great Train Robbery" were eventually caught, but the bulk of the stolen £2.6 million—the equivalent of US $80 million today—was never recovered. How did the robbers stop the train?

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Henry VIII of England

Henry VIII, the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, was King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. He was and is famous for having been married six times and for having wielded the most unfettered power of any British monarch. Notable events during his reign include the break with Rome and subsequent establishment of the independent Church of England, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the union of England and Wales. Can you name Henry's six wives?

Last updated on Saturday, 28th June 2008

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