" Authentic love always assumes the mystery of modesty, even in its expression, because actions speak louder than words. Unlike a feigned love, it feels no need to set a conflagration. "
Honore de Balzac

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Battle of Gallipoli Begins

The Battle of Gallipoli took place on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli during World War I. It was initiated by the Allies in an attempt to open their supply routes to Russia, establish a new war front, and draw Bulgaria and Greece into the war as allies. Ultimately, the Allies hoped to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople, and they fought a fierce and bloody campaign for several months before withdrawing in January of 1916. The debacle led to the resignation of what British official?



Mark "Chopper" Read

Read is an Australian criminal and author who has committed numerous crimes including armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping. He spent only 13 months outside of jail between the ages of 20 and 38 and has since written a series of popular books detailing his criminal and prison exploits. In them, he tells of attacking a judge, robbing drug dealers, torturing members of the criminal underworld, and starting a prison war. What children's book written by Read was the target of an attempted ban?

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Nicolaus Copernicus

Copernicus was an astronomer, mathematician, and economist who developed the heliocentric theory of the universe that placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of our solar system and helped launch a scientific revolution. Though Copernicus had first conceived of his revolutionary model decades earlier, he delayed publication because it raised new problems that had to be explained, and his book did not see print until he was on his deathbed. What heliocentric hypotheses preceded Copernicus's?

Last updated on Thursday, 19th February 2009

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