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Chinese Warlord Zhang Zuolin Is Assassinated

Zhang was a Chinese warlord who became ruler of Manchuria with the tacit support of the Japanese after his militia backed them in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–05. By the mid-1920s, his Fengtien army had gained power in Beijing, but Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese Nationalists forced him out in 1928, and the Japanese began to doubt his authority over his Chinese countrymen. He was assassinated during his retreat to Shenyang when his train was bombed. Who planted the bomb, and why?



Ley Lines

Ley lines are straight lines that can be drawn between ancient landmarks and monuments around the globe. Some believe the lines emit mystical energy, especially at their intersections, and their magical properties have been featured in novels such as Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon. Amateur British archaeologist Alfred Watkins is most closely associated with ley lines, but he never ascribed any supernatural qualities to them. Instead, he believed they were remnants of what?

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Cogwagee, AKA Thomas Charles Longboat

An Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, Longboat made a name for himself as a champion long-distance runner. In 1906, he won his first major event, the Around the Bay Road Race. The next year, he finished the Boston Marathon in record time, shaving minutes off the previous record. He disappointed at the 1908 Olympics but went on to earn the title of Professional Champion of the World in a 1909 marathon. How did he put his talent to use during WWI?

Last updated on Tuesday, 4th June 2013

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