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Commercial Concorde Service Suspended

The Concorde, which began commercial operation in 1976, was the only supersonic passenger jet to provide long-standing service to the public. It was built through a partnership between Britain and France and became a source of national pride among their citizens. The Concorde could cross the Atlantic in just over three hours, but the aircraft was retired in 2003 due to falling demand, rising maintenance costs, and safety issues. What caused the first and only fatal Concorde crash in 2000?

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Charles Darwin's Illness

For much of his adult life, Charles Darwin was afflicted by an illness or illnesses whose uncommon combination of symptoms affected him intermittently and left him severely debilitated for long periods of time. The list of symptoms is quite extensive and includes vertigo, cramps, tremors, eczema, vomiting, and anxiety. Recently, there has been an increase in speculation about the nature of his condition, yet it remains a mystery. What are some explanations that have been proposed over the years?

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Rafael Leónidas Trujillo

Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961. Although he won respect for allowing Jewish refugees to enter the country at a time when other nations were turning them away, his regime was considered autocratic and ruthless. He used terrorist methods to repress Dominican opposition, and in 1937, he allegedly ordered as many as 15,000 Haitians massacred. Trujillo was killed in 1961. What role did the CIA purportedly play in his assassination?

Last updated on Saturday, 24th October 2009

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