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Sacco and Vanzetti Are Executed

The 1920 armed robbery and murder trial of the young Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti was one of the most controversial in US history. Though some believed the verdict was just, others argued that the two men were innocent and were only found guilty because they were immigrants and political radicals. Their defenders waged a fierce legal and public relations battle to save the men's lives, but they were executed in 1927. What declaration about the verdict was made in 1977?



The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of Old English monastic chronicles detailing England's history from the start of the Christian era to 1154. Monks began compiling the chronicles in the 9th century and revised them into the 12th century. Much of the very early material is drawn from Bede's history, but from the period of the wars of the Saxons and Danes onward, most of the annals are original. The writing is generally in prose but includes several poems, including one about what battle?

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Gene Kelly

Kelly was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and movie director. After training at his mother's dance school in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1938 and danced in Broadway musicals. His athletic style later became a hallmark of the movie musical. His most famous performance came in Singin' in the Rain, which he also helped choreograph and direct. His achievements earned him a special Academy Award in 1952. With what animated character did Kelly dance in Anchors Aweigh?

Last updated on Tuesday, 23rd August 2011

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