" One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. "
Jane Austen

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Battle of Aljubarrota

At a time of war, famine, and plague in Europe, the Portuguese village of Aljubarrota became the site of a momentous battle in which the Portuguese, aided by English archers, defeated the forces of the Spanish King John I of Castile, assuring Portuguese independence from the Castilian crown. Nuno Álvares Pereira, the man who led the revolt against Castilian domination, emerged from the battle a hero. He later became a monk and was recently canonized. Who was the Portuguese king at the time?




Disco is a style of dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythms, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds. It arose in the mid-1970s in New York City underground nightclubs where DJs played dance records for hours without interruption. With considerable input from producers, artists such as Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, and Diana Ross developed the disco sound and had many hits. Disco peaked with the release of the film Saturday Night Fever and "died" soon after on what date?

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John Henry "Doc" Holliday

Holliday was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter. After graduating from dental school in 1872, he moved to the drier climate of the West to help treat his tuberculosis. He briefly practiced dentistry in Texas, then took up gambling and began drifting. Settling in Tombstone, Arizona, he joined Wyatt Earp and his brothers in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Having earned a reputation as a gunman, he resumed drifting and died of tuberculosis at the age of 36. What were his last words?

Last updated on Sunday, 14th August 2011

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