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Sir Walter Scott

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Battle of Mogadishu Begins

In 1992, US armed forces, together with the UN, undertook a joint operation to restore order in Somalia, a country wracked by civil war and severe famine. When US special operations forces attempted to arrest members of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's militia organization, their helicopters were shot down and an urban battle ensued. Eighteen US servicemen and between 3,000 and 5,000 Somalis died in the fighting. What terrorist allegedly trained some of Aidid's men?



Old Summer Palace

Known in China as the Gardens of Perfect Clarity, the Old Summer Palace was a complex of palaces and gardens built in the 18th and early 19th centuries near the walls of Beijing. Hundreds of invaluable Chinese art masterpieces and antiquities were stored in its halls, making the Imperial Gardens one of the largest museums in the world. In 1860, during the Second Opium War, British and French troops looted and destroyed the gardens. Why have the Chinese decided not to rebuild the complex?

Born on a day like today


Stevie Ray Vaughan

Vaughan was one of America's most influential electric blues guitarists. His unique sound was created with the use of heavy strings, and his style drew frequent comparisons to that of Jimi Hendrix. Vaughan's 1989 album In Step won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him the seventh greatest guitarist of all time. His career was tragically cut short when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990. What was Vaughan's "first wife"?

Last updated on Friday, 3rd October 2008

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