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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Convicted of Espionage

In 1951, the Rosenbergs were prosecuted for conspiracy to transmit classified military information to the Soviet Union. During the Rosenbergs' trial, the government charged that they had persuaded Ethel's brother, an employee at the Los Alamos atomic bomb project, to provide them with top-secret data on nuclear weapons. They were convicted and executed via the electric chair, becoming the first US civilians to suffer the death penalty in an espionage trial. What happened to their children?

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The Great Fire of Rome

According to the historian Tacitus, the Great Fire of Rome started in the shops around the Circus Maximus on July 18 in 64 CE and burned for 5 days. In his account, Tacitus writes that the fire completely destroyed 4 and severely damaged 7 of the 14 Roman districts. Both the size and cause of the fire are debated as well as Emperor Nero's response to the crisis. Some claim he sang or played music while the city burned, and many accused Nero of arson. Nero, in turn, blamed what religious group?

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Sir John McEwen

McEwen was an Australian politician and the country's 18th prime minister. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934 and served in several ministerial posts between 1937 and 1941. He was prime minister for three weeks following the disappearance and presumed death of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967, and he sparked a leadership crisis by announcing that he and his party colleagues would refuse to serve in a government led by William McMahon. What was McEwen's objection to McMahon?

Last updated on Sunday, 29th March 2009

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