In 1970, American writer Clifford Irving hatched a scheme to create an "authorized autobiography" of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughesâ€”without his knowledge. Irving believed the reclusive Hughes would never draw attention to himself by denouncing the book. After producing forged letters, Irving obtained a contract and an advance from his publisher. He delivered a manuscript in 1971, but Hughes finally contacted the outside world in 1972 and revealed the book as a hoax. What happened to Irving?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Back in the day
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is a revolutionary group founded in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. It views itself as the philosophical heir to the movement started by Emiliano Zapata in the early 20th century under the slogan "land and liberty." It represents indigenous people and is committed to opposing policies that hurt the working poor, especially farmers. The Zapatistas broke onto the international scene the same day that what trade agreement went into effect?
Born on a day like today
In the wake of WWII, Japanese citizens were faced with significant economic shortages. Realizing the commercial potential of a cheap and efficient mode of transportation, Soichiro Honda founded the Honda Motor Co. and began selling small capacity motorcycles. By the 1970s, Honda was the largest motorcycle producer in the world. His company's clean-burning CVCC engine spurred an automotive revolution, and his cars won a large share of the US market. Who nicknamed Honda "the Japanese Henry Ford"?