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Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of England

Chamberlain served as prime minister of the UK from 1937 to 1940. His political legacy is defined by his controversial policy of "appeasement" toward Hitler, which culminated in the Munich Pact in 1938. When Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, he pledged military support to Poland and led Britain to war. He was forced to resign in 1940, after the British debacle in Norway. Some recent scholarship suggests that Chamberlain's appeasement policy was developed to help Britain do what?



Unusual Deaths throughout History

Throughout history, myriad unfortunate individuals have suffered unusual deaths in all manner of bizarre circumstances. In 458 BCE, Greek playwright Aeschylus was allegedly killed when an eagle dropped a tortoise on his head; and in 1771, Swedish King Adolf Frederick reportedly "ate himself to death." Distinguished as the only jockey to posthumously win a race, Frank Hayes died astride his horse before being carried over the finish line in 1923. How did laughter kill Alex Mitchell in 1975?

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Jim Thorpe

Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, starred in college and professional football, and played basketball and Major League baseball. He lost his Olympic titles, however, when it was discovered that he had played minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating the amateur status rules. His medals were later restored to him. Legend has it that Thorpe began his athletic career in what casual way?

Last updated on Thursday, 28th May 2009

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