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Boston Massacre

Many Bostonians resented the heavy British military presence in their city during the late 1700s, and the soldiers' enforcement of the unpopular Townshend Acts merely exacerbated the tense situation. On March 5, 1770, soldiers opened fire on an aggressive, rioting civilian mob, killing five men. The Boston Massacre, as it became known, fueled the anti-British sentiment that culminated in the American Revolutionary War. Which future US president served as the troops' defense lawyer?




Originally called murderball, wheelchair rugby, or quad rugby, as it's called in the US, is a sport that combines elements of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and handball. Played on an indoor hardwood court, it is a contact sport, and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. The sport was created in 1977 by five Canadian wheelchair athletes who designed it for quadriplegic players with a wide range of functional ability levels. How are points scored in quad rugby?

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Rosa Luxemburg

Luxemburg was a Polish-born German revolutionary and Marxist political theorist. She helped found the Polish Social Democratic Party, was a leader of the left wing of the German Social Democratic Party, and collaborated with Karl Liebknecht in founding the Spartacus League in 1916. Imprisoned during World War I for opposing the war, Luxemburg continued to secretly write politically inflammatory essays and had them illegally smuggled out of prison and published. How did she die?

Last updated on Friday, 5th March 2010

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