" There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits. "
Edwin Abbott

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First Attempted Assassination of Umberto I of Italy

The son of Victor Emmanuel II, Umberto I was king of Italy from 1878 to 1900. Increasingly authoritarian, he favored imperialistic and pro-German policies and disregarded the recommendations of parliamentary leaders. His orientation helped lead to the conclusion of the Triple Alliance. Facing increasing social unrest, he supported the imposition of martial law and created a period of turmoil that culminated in three attempts on his life. He survived the first two. Who was the third assassin?



The Isle of Wight Festival, 1970

Just 147 sq mi (381 sq km), the Isle of Wight is an English island with a population of about 140,000. In August 1970, it is estimated that more than 600,000 people flocked to the small isle to attend the third Isle of Wight Festival, a five-day concert featuring dozens of performers including The Who, The Doors, and Miles Davis. It was also the last major performance of Jimi Hendrix, who died three weeks later. Which musicians' sets were interrupted when concertgoers jumped on stage?

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Rock Hudson

Hudson was an American actor who worked at odd jobs before making his film debut in 1948. His wholesome good looks made him a popular star in Douglas Sirk melodramas, and his comedic talents were displayed in a series of romantic comedies costarring Doris Day. He appeared in over 70 films and TV shows during the course of his career. His death from AIDS in 1985 greatly increased awareness of the disease. What notable film roles did Hudson reportedly turn down to film A Farewell to Arms?

Last updated on Thursday, 17th November 2011

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