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Margaret Thatcher Escapes Assassination Attempt

In 1984, five people were killed and over 30 injured when a bomb tore through a hotel in Brighton, England, where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying for a conference. The bomb had been planted weeks earlier by a Provisional Irish Republican Army operative. Though Thatcher's suite was damaged, she was uninjured. She attended the conference that morning as scheduled, and her popularity soared. How did attendees replace their destroyed clothes in time for the conference?



The Socialite Serial Killer

According to New Orleans legend, socialite Delphine LaLaurie was a serial killer who tortured and murdered slaves in her home. Though the more gruesome accounts of her activities remain unverified, her cruelty was documented in at least one instance. In April of 1834, a fire at her mansion led to the discovery of seven slaves chained together inside, mutilated but alive. LaLaurie is said to have escaped to Paris. Which Hollywood actor later bought the LaLaurie house, then lost it?

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Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

The only colonial governor to side with the colonists in the American Revolution, Trumbull made Connecticut a principal source of supplies for the Continental army. It is said that the name "Brother Jonathan," a humorous designation for the American people collectively, arose from an affectionate nickname George Washington gave to Trumbull during the war. How did Trumbull reply to a request for assistance from British General Thomas Gage after the Battles of Lexington and Concord?

Last updated on Friday, 12th October 2012

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