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Thomas D'Arcy McGee Is First Canadian Politician to Be Assassinated

Thomas D'Arcy McGee was a journalist, Canadian Father of Confederation, and the only Canadian victim of political assassination at the federal level. Patrick J. Whelan, a Fenian sympathizer, was convicted and hanged for the murder, but many now suspect that he was simply a scapegoat and not the killer. The bullet that took McGee's life had been in the possession of the Library and Archives Canada but was recently reported missing. The gun, meanwhile, was sold at auction in 2005 for how much?



TlhIngan Hol

TlhIngan Hol is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. The language was first heard on screen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and was subsequently developed into a full language by linguist Marc Okrand. Deliberately designed to be "alien," it contains many peculiarities, such as object-verb-subject word order. However, a few dedicated Trekkies can actually converse in Klingon. What is the meaning of the sole Klingon greeting nuqneH?

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Allen Dulles

Allen Dulles was the first civilian and the longest serving US Director of Central Intelligence. Dulles was appointed in 1953 and served until 1961, when he resigned after a series of controversial events—most notably the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba—aroused criticism of the Central Intelligence Agency. Two years later, however, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Who was his famous brother?

Last updated on Wednesday, 7th April 2010

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