" I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed. "
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Kennedy Confirms Missile Presence in Cuba

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major Cold War confrontation that began when US reconnaissance aircraft uncovered Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy demanded the missiles be removed, but Soviet Premier Khrushchev refused, prompting Kennedy to order a blockade of Cuba. After hovering on the brink of war for several days, the two superpowers were able to negotiate a compromise. From what country did the Soviets demand the withdrawal of American missiles?



Reeducation Camp

"Reeducation Camp" is the official name given to prison camps operated by the Vietnamese government following the Vietnam War. Both a means of revenge and a sophisticated repression and indoctrination system, the camps were used by the government to "reeducate"—through hard labor—several hundred thousand former military officers and government workers from South Vietnam. Tens of thousands are estimated to have died under the harsh conditions. Were the prisoners ever released?

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Curly Howard

Jerome Lester Horwitz, a man best known as "Curly Howard" or simply "Curly," was arguably the most popular member of the legendary comedy trio the Three Stooges. He appeared in nearly 100 Three Stooges short subject films before suffering a career-ending stroke. According to brother and fellow Stooge Moe Howard, Curly often struggled with his lines and instead improvised the visual and vocal nonsense that became hallmarks of his character. Who played Curly in a 2000 TV-movie about the Stooges?

Last updated on Thursday, 22nd October 2009

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