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Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Titanic's Last Survivor Dies

More than 1,500 lives were lost when the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. However, several hundred of the ship's 2,200 passengers managed to survive. Among them was Millvina Dean, who, at just three months of age, was the ship's youngest passenger. Though she escaped with her mother and brother, her father did not survive. Eventually, she became the disaster's last living survivor. Who helped pay for her healthcare costs toward the end of her life?



Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

When Prasutagus, king of a British Celtic tribe under Roman suzerainty, died in 60 CE with no male heir, he left his estate to his daughters and Emperor Nero, hoping for protection. Instead, Nero annexed his kingdom and mistreated his family and tribesmen. Rather than accept the new order of things, the king's widow, Boudicca, raised a rebellion. Her forces allegedly massacred some 70,000 Romans and pro-Roman Britons and destroyed the Roman 9th Legion before being defeated. How did Boudicca die?

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Marie-René-Auguste-Aléxis, Saint-Léger Léger

Known in literary circles by his nom de plume, Saint-John Perse, Léger was a French poet and diplomat. He was one of Europe's foremost diplomats prior to World War II, but he opposed appeasement of the Nazis and was dismissed by the collaborationist Vichy government in 1940. He then fled to the US, where he remained for nearly two decades. During that time, his reputation as a poet grew, and in 1960, "the soaring flight and evocative imagery of his poetry" earned him what literary award?

Last updated on Friday, 31st May 2013

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