" Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum—"I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." "
Ambrose Bierce

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Harvey Milk and George Moscone Are Assassinated

After gaining a following as a leader of San Francisco's gay community, Milk was elected to the city's Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in US history. In 1978, he and Moscone, the city's mayor, were shot and killed in City Hall by Dan White, a former city supervisor. White's conviction on the less serious charge of voluntary manslaughter sparked riots in the city. What now infamous defense did White's attorneys present at his murder trial?



King Oedipus

In Greek mythology, Oedipus was a king of Thebes who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. In the most familiar version of the story, Laius, king of Thebes, was warned by an oracle that his son would kill him. He abandoned the infant Oedipus on a mountain, but the baby was saved by a shepherd and adopted by the king of Corinth. When Oedipus learned from the Delphic oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother, he fled Corinth to escape this fate. What happened next?

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Chaim Weizmann

A Russian-born chemist, Weizmann became a British subject in 1910, developed a process for creating a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of explosives in 1912, and was director of the British admiralty laboratories for much of WWI. An active Zionist, Weizmann helped negotiate the 1917 Balfour Declaration pronouncing British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. When the republic of Israel was eventually founded, he was elected its first president. What is the Weizmann organism?

Last updated on Sunday, 27th November 2011

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