The Great Stock Exchange Fraud of 1814 was perpetrated by several men who conspired to artificially boost the prices of British government securities by spreading false information about the Napoleonic Wars. They began a rumor that Napoleon I of France had been killed, sending stocks soaring. Before the government was able to refute the newsâ€”a move that would cause prices to plummetâ€”a sale of more than Â£1.1 million of two government-based stocks was processed. Were the conspirators ever caught?
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On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger airplanes. They crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers in NYC and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,974 confirmed casualties and an unknown number of injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11?
Born on a day like today
Paul "Bear" Bryant was an American college football coach. Best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team, he achieved an unparalleled legendary status in the sport, winning the national championship six times. Bryant retired with a record 323 career wins, including 15 bowl wins. Bryant earned the nickname "Bear" at age 13, after he agreed to do what during a theater promotion?