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The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted

Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there?



Football Hooliganism

Soccer, or association football, as it known throughout most of the world, is the most popular international team sport, followed by vast, emotional audiences and associated at times with outbreaks of violence and mass hooliganism, notably by British supporters. Violence at football matches dates back centuries, with political, religious, and territorial rivalries often contributing to feuds between fans of opposing teams. What incident occurred during England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup?

Born on a day like today


Meriwether Lewis

After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied?

Last updated on Thursday, 18th August 2011

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