" One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one. "
Agatha Christie

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Quebec's Pierre Laporte Kidnapped

The separatist Quebec Liberation Front's (FLQ) kidnapping of Pierre Laporte, Quebec's vice-premier and minister of labour, touched off the October Crisis and led the Canadian government to assume sweeping emergency powers to combat the insurrection. Though the FLQ had carried out approximately 200 violent crimes since 1963, it was the October Crisis that provided the impetus for the government to search out and arrest a number of the group's members. What happened to Laporte?



Repo Man

Now a cult classic, Repo Man is a 1984 film starring Emilio Estevez as Otto Maddox, an alienated young punk rocker living in Los Angeles. After losing his job, Otto finds work at a small-time automobile repossession agency, where he learns the ropes from a seasoned "repo man." Along the way, Otto encounters a series of surreal characters and almost impossible coincidences in his search for a certain 1964 Chevrolet Malibu. On whose real-life repo man experience is the film loosely based?

Born on a day like today


Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi's romantic and nationalistic operas were widely popular during his lifetime and are considered masterpieces today. Many of his themes transcend the boundaries of the genre and have taken root in popular culture. Despite the composer's widespread popularity, some critics describe his works as overly simple and shamelessly melodramatic. Though the baptismal register for October 11, 1813, lists Verdi as "born yesterday," his date of birth remains a mystery. Why is this?

Last updated on Saturday, 10th October 2009

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