" I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. "
Jane Austen

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John Kerry Testifies before Congress on Vietnam

Kerry was the first Vietnam veteran to testify before Congress about the war. In his testimony, he urged the US to pursue an immediate and unilateral withdrawal based on Vietnam veterans' personal experiences and presented the conclusions of the Winter Soldier Investigation, in which veterans had described personally committing or witnessing war crimes. Kerry's testimony became a hot topic when he ran for president in 2004. What often-quoted questions did Kerry ask during his testimony?



Hammond Circus Train Wreck

On June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling 20 empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery in a section called Showmen's Rest, which had been purchased by the Showmen's League of America just months earlier. What caused the collision?

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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and Bolshevik party leader whose mastery of political theory and shrewd political instincts led him to become the first Premier of the Soviet Union. As leader, Lenin nationalized banks, gave workers control over factory production, and introduced atheism as a political doctrine. His adaptation of traditional Marxist doctrine has become known as Marxism-Leninism and forms the basis of communist ideology. Where are Lenin's preserved remains currently displayed?

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