In the 1970s, widespread fear of imminent natural and artificial disasters and societal collapse led to the development of survivalism, a subculture based on the anticipation of catastrophic events and the preparations involved in surviving disaster. Survivalists stockpile food and water, build shelters, and learn skills that they believe will help them live through apocalyptic chaos. Today, many survivalists exchange information via the Internet. What are Alpha-Rubicon and the Zombie Squad?
Back in the day
Leo Frank was a Jewish-American factory manager who was accused of raping and murdering his employee, 12-year-old Mary Phagan. Frank was convicted, despite evidence incriminating a janitor at the factory, but his death sentence was commuted when further evidence called his guilt into question. A group with ties to the Ku Klux Klan then kidnapped and lynched Frank in a highly publicized event that turned the spotlight on anti-Semitism in the US and led to the founding of what organization?
Born on a day like today
Goldwyn was a Polish-born American film producer. He founded his own film company, which later merged with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and in 1946, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Goldwyn is said to have had an explosive temper that left him with few close friends. When a former colleague died, Goldwyn allegedly declared, "The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead." Whose passing prompted this statement?