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The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, now The Times of India, Is Founded

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was established in 1838. Since then, both the name of the newspaper and the name of the city have changed. In 1861, 134 years before Bombay was renamed Mumbai, the paper was renamed The Times of India. Today, The Times of India, an English-language daily, has the largest circulation of any English-language newspaper in the world. How many copies of each edition are printed every day?




Project MKULTRA was the code name of a covert, illegal operation of the US Central Intelligence Agency that used US and Canadian citizens to research interrogation methods and behavior modification without their knowledge or consent. The full extent of the project is unknown, since the CIA ordered all MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973. The project, which lasted from the 1950s to the late 1960s, included the surreptitious administration of drugs such as LSD. What other experiments were conducted?

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Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski

Named an All-American at the University of Minnesota in 1929 as both a tackle and fullback, Nagurski turned pro to play for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, becoming the archetypical pile-driving fullback of the 1930s. Although he was never the league's rushing leader, Nagurski was nearly impossible to stop without a gain and often dragged multiple tacklers with him before going down. In addition to football, Nagurski competed in what other sport on a professional level?

Last updated on Thursday, 3rd November 2011

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