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The Quit India Resolution is Passed

The Quit India Movement was a revolt initiated by Mahatma Gandhi that effectively set into motion the civil disobedience movement that would topple British rule in India. Thousands of Indians responded to the call, while the British attempted to suppress the movement by arresting over 100,000 people, levying mass fines, and subjecting demonstrators to public floggings. With so many leaders arrested or in hiding, how did the movement persist in spreading its message?



The Cluttered Lives of the Collyer Brothers

American brothers Homer and Langley Collyer lived as hermits in their New York City home before being found dead in 1947, surrounded by more than 100 tons of rubbish amassed over several decades. Their uncontrolled collecting is often cited as a prime example of the hoarding behavior associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Among the clutter were 14 pianos, pickled human organs, and the chassis of an old car, with booby-traps set up to protect against intruders. How did the men die?

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Emiliano Zapata

During the Mexican Revolution, Zapata led the Liberation Army of the South, whose slogan, "Land and Liberty," represented its goal of repossessing the indigenous Mexican lands taken by the Spanish. Though Zapata's family lived comfortably on their own land, he was a born leader who keenly felt the injustices suffered by his people. Zapata's soldiers, mainly peasants recruited from plantations and villages, occupied Mexico City three times between 1914 and 1915. How was Zapata killed?

Last updated on Saturday, 8th August 2009

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