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Ellen Turner Abducted in Forced Marriage Ploy

At just 15 years of age, Ellen Turner, the eligible daughter of a wealthy English mill owner, caught the attention of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. He hatched a plan to kidnap and marry her, thereby gaining access to her sizeable inheritance. After convincing the mistresses at Turner's boarding school that her father had sent for her, Wakefield abducted the young girl and married her. He expected her family to accept the union rather than face a public scandal, but instead they did what?




The name Hadhramaut formerly referred to the Hadhramaut states, a collective term for the Quaiti and Kathiri sultanates that were British protectorates until 1967. Today, the Hadhramaut region roughly incorporates the territory of the two sultanates, extending about 400 mi (640 km) along the southeastern coast of Yemen. It consists of a narrow, arid coastal plain, a broad plateau, a network of deeply sunk wadis, and an escarpment bordering the desert. What is the origin of the word Hadhramaut?

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Rudi Dutschke

Dutschke was an important figure in the Socialist German Student Union and the most prominent spokesperson of the left-wing German student movement of the 1960s, a movement aimed at creating a more democratic society and overcoming social injustice. In 1968, Dutschke survived an assassination attempt by Josef Bachmann, who shot him in the head. The brain damage Dutschke sustained in that attack led to his drowning death more than a decade later. From what country was Dutschke expelled in 1971?

Last updated on Saturday, 7th March 2009

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