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Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre. For the next two years, the painting was believed to be lost forever, until it was discovered that former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it by hiding in a closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed. Peruggia was caught after he returned to his native Italy and tried to sell the painting to a gallery owner. What vandalism attempts has the painting survived over the years?



Angkor Wat

The crowning work of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is a temple complex in northwestern Cambodia. About 1,700 yards (1,550 m) long by 1,500 yards (1,400 m) wide, it is the world's largest religious structure. Planned as a sepulcher and a monument to the divinity of the monarch, it was built in the 12th century by Suryavarman II. It is a rising series of towers and courtyards surrounded by a vast moat and culminating in a 213-ft (65-m) central tower, which is one of the many shaped like what?

Born on a day like today


Christopher Robin Milne

Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A.A. Milne. When Christopher was a young child, his father wrote poetry for him, which grew into the collectionsWhen We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Later, Christopher—and his toy animals—were incorporated into stories about the adventures of the now-classic characters Christopher Robin and Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh. How did Christopher feel about his father's use of his name in the stories?

Last updated on Sunday, 21st August 2011

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