" Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy. "
Ambrose Bierce

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The Dalton Gang Holds Up Its First Train

After US Marshall Frank Dalton was killed in the line of duty, three of his nine brothers—Bob, Grat, and Emmett—became lawmen themselves. However, they soon decided that they preferred the other side of the law. Aided by another Dalton brother, Bill, the gang held up its first train in 1891. It did not go well. Undeterred, the brothers embarked on a train-robbing spree across much of the western US, which ended when the townspeople of Coffeyville, Kansas, saw through what unsuccessful disguise?



The Regime of the Colonels

On April 21, 1967, a group of right-wing colonels seized control of the Greek government, taking control of Athens with tanks and initiating an era of military rule that would last for seven years. The king of Greece made an attempt to overthrow the generals but failed and fled into exile. The Regime of the Colonels was marked by economic woes, oppression, and an unexpected flourishing of rock music. In 1973, a single Greek naval commander took what bold action in protest against the government?

Born on a day like today


Mary Leakey

The daughter of an artist, Leakey had little formal education, but her love of archaeology led her to work on excavations, initially as an illustrator. Digging in Africa—often with her husband, fellow archaeologist Louis Leakey—she made some of anthropology's most significant finds, including a 20-million-year-old skull and a set of hominid footprints preserved in volcanic ash. When she was a youth, what incident resulted in her being expelled from a convent school for the second time?

Last updated on Wednesday, 6th February 2013

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