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Largest Art Theft in US History

On March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as police officers broke into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole 13 works of art, including paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Manet, and Degas. The crime, considered the largest art theft in US history, remains unsolved. Due to the strict provisions of Gardner's will, which stipulate that the collection remain unchanged, the paintings' empty frames remain on display in their original locations. What group is suspected of carrying out the heist?



Elizabeth Needham

Also known as Mother Needham, Elizabeth Needham was a notorious, 18th-century brothel-keeper known for keeping the most exclusive house in London and having customers from the highest strata of fashionable society. Although her well-connected clientele may have allowed her to elude the law for many years, she was eventually arrested in 1731 and sentenced to stand twice in the pillory. What happened the day before she was due to stand in the pillory for the second time?

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer noted for his skill in orchestration, completed his first symphony at the age of 22, while serving as a midshipman with the Imperial Russian Navy. In 1871, he became a professor at St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he taught many famous future composers, including Igor Stravinsky. As a member of a group of nationalist composers known as "The Five," Rimsky-Korsakov aimed to write music of distinctively Russian character. Who were the group's other members?

Last updated on Thursday, 18th March 2010

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