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Nuremberg Trials Begin

The Nuremberg Trials, which took place in Nuremberg, Germany, between 1945 and 1949, were a series of trials prosecuting Nazi officials for their participation in WWII and the Holocaust. The first and most famous of these trials, the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal, involved 24 of the most important leaders of Nazi Germany, 12 of whom were sentenced to death for crimes against humanity and other offenses. How were the death sentences carried out?



Along the River During the Qingming Festival

Often called "China's Mona Lisa," Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a 17-ft (5.2-m) long panoramic painting that depicts life during the Song dynasty. The subject of several similar works painted over the next few hundred years, the 12th-century original depicts 814 people in a bucolic countryside and busy city and reveals some of the nuances of class structure at the time. Why do some scholars question the traditionally accepted translation of the painting's name?

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Emilio Pucci

Pucci was an Italian fashion designer known for his signature use of bright colors and bold patterns. The son of an Italian noble, he was a member of the 1934 Italian Olympic ski team and received a skiing scholarship to Reed College. Pucci's fashion ambitions were encouraged when, in 1947, he was photographed by Harper's Bazaar wearing skiwear he had designed. In 1950, Pucci opened a couture house on the Isle of Capri. From 1963 to 1972, Pucci was a member of what government body?

Last updated on Thursday, 20th November 2008

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