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Al-Aqsa Intifada Begins

Palestinians consider the al-Aqsa Intifada a war of national liberation against foreign occupation, whereas Israelis consider it a terrorist campaign. Begun in 2000 and never officially ended, the intifada has also been called the "Oslo War" by those who consider the violence a result of concessions made by Israel following the Oslo Accords, as well as "Arafat's War," after the late Palestinian leader whom many Israelis blame for starting it. What is the estimated death toll of the conflict?



Military Dolphins

Several militaries have developed programs that train dolphins to perform a variety of tasks, such as rescuing divers and locating underwater mines. The US Navy's Marine Mammal Program, which played a role in both the Gulf and Iraq Wars, is comprised of approximately 75 dolphins. Rumors abound regarding the use of these mammals, and while the US denies training them to harm humans in any way, it was reported in 2000 that dolphins trained to kill by the Russian Navy had been sold to what country?

Born on a day like today


Georges Clemenceau

Clemenceau was a French journalist and statesman whose politics brought him into conflict with Napoleon III's government. After spending several years in the US, he returned to France and became mayor of Montmartre. In 1880, he began publishing La Justice, which became the primary organ of Parisian radicalism, and later published Emile Zola's "J'accuse," a passionate criticism of the Dreyfus Affair. He served as premier during World War I and was a key architect of what treaty?

Last updated on Monday, 28th September 2009

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