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Bulgaria's Independence Recognized

Bulgaria was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in 1396, but Turkish rule was often oppressive, and rebellions were frequent. In 1908, as the revolution in Turkey gained momentum, Prince Ferdinand declared Bulgaria an independent state and named himself czar. Bulgaria was victorious against Turkey in the first Balkan War, but became involved in numerous other conflicts due to its territorial claims over what country?



Con Man Matthew Cox

A number of years before he was placed on the US Secret Service's Most Wanted List, bold con man Matthew Cox wrote a novel detailing the exploits of a man who travels across America committing many of the crimes for which Cox himself is currently incarcerated. Cox used approximately 30 aliases in his real life criminal pursuits, including the name of cartoon millionaire C. Montgomery Burns, and acquired between $5 million and $25 million in fraudulent property mortgaging deals. How did he do it?

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Ben Chifley

Chifley was the 16th prime Minister of Australia and one of its most influential leaders. His career in politics began with his participation in the founding of the Australian engine drivers' union and his active membership in the Labor Party. Throughout the Great Depression and WWII, he oversaw numerous reforms in the fields of immigration, citizenship, social security, and intelligence gathering. One of the few successful referenda to modify what document took place during his term?

Last updated on Monday, 22nd September 2008

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