" A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible. "
William Makepeace Thackeray

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President Gerald Ford Pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino

During WWII, Allied forces in the South Pacific dubbed a group of English-speaking female radio broadcasters airing Japanese propaganda "Tokyo Rose." After the war, Japanese-American radio host Iva Toguri D'Aquino was identified by the press as Tokyo Rose and was charged with and convicted of treason. In 1974, investigative journalists found that key witnesses had lied during her trial, and she was later pardoned by President Ford. What were some of the stage names she used in her broadcasts?



King Zog

Zog I, born Ahmet Zogolli, was president of Albania from 1925 to 1928 and king from 1928 to 1939. During the worldwide depression of the 1930s, Zog's government became almost completely dependent on Italy. Ultimately unable to check Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's increasing control over his country, Zog was forced into exile. He formally abdicated in 1946, when Albania became a communist republic after WWII. How many assassination attempts is Zog said to have survived during his reign?

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Paul Cézanne

Cézanne was a 19th-century French painter whose unique style bridges the major artistic movements of Impressionism and Cubism. His work combines impressionistic, airy painting with a degree of geometric simplification, making shape and form important aspects of the art. Cézanne's explorations of geometric forms and optical phenomena profoundly affected the development of modern art, and he is ranked among the foremost French masters. Who reportedly referred to Cézanne as "the father of us all"?

Last updated on Monday, 19th January 2009

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