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George Eliot

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Bare-Knuckle Fighter Dies After 99-Round Fight

In 1830, bare-knuckle prizefighter Simon Byrne, Ireland's heavyweight boxing champion, fought Alexander McKay, the "Champion of Scotland," for the right to challenge England's heavyweight champ. McKay died of a head injury shortly after losing the lengthy fight, and Byrne was charged but later cleared of manslaughter. Three years later, Byrne fought England's champion, James Burke. After 3 hours and 99 rounds, Byrne was knocked out. He died days later. What became of Burke after the fatal fight?



Theodor Morell

Known in Germany for his unconventional, holistic, and alternative treatments, Morell was Adolf Hitler's personal physician. The F├╝hrer was suffering from skin and intestinal ailments when the two first met at a party. Morell started him on a course of treatment and was soon drawn into Hitler's inner circle. Though many high-ranking Nazi officials considered Morell a quack, Hitler remained convinced of his expertise. What substances that are now considered toxic did Morell administer to Hitler?

Born on a day like today


Martha Washington

Martha Washington was the wife of first US president George Washington. They married in 1759, nearly two years after the death of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. During the American Revolution, she spent winters in army camps with her husband and organized a women's sewing circle to mend clothes for the troops. Although the title was not coined until after her death, she is considered the first "First Lady" of the US. She is also the only woman whose portrait has appeared on what?

Last updated on Wednesday, 2nd June 2010

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