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Sampoong Department Store Collapse

During the construction of what was to be an office building in Seoul, South Korea, owner Lee Joon decided to change course and make it a department store. Contractors who would not comply with his design modifications, which included removing some support columns in favor of escalators, were replaced. By April 1995, cracks were visible in the five-story structure. Two months later, in a span of only 20 seconds, the building collapsed with more than 1,500 people inside. How many of them died?



The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

In the Bible, Judean ruler Herod Antipas imprisoned the prophet John the Baptist for denouncing his decision to divorce his wife and marry—unlawfully, under Jewish law—his brother's wife, Herodias, while his brother was still alive. On Herod's birthday, Herodias's daughter, Salome, danced for Herod. In return, he promised her anything, up to half his kingdom. She demanded John's head on a platter, and Herod obliged. Where was John the Baptist's head said to have been found centuries later?

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Ludwig August Theodor Beck

A German general, Beck saw the Nazis' rise to power as "the first ray of hope since 1918." However, he soon feared that Germany was not militarily prepared for an attack on Czechoslovakia. He voiced concern to Adolf Hitler directly, and, in 1938, he resigned in protest against the planned attack but was largely ignored. Beck then became a key member of the conspiracy to overthrow Hitler. What happened to Beck after his plan failed to kill Hitler with a bomb on July 20, 1944?

Last updated on Sunday, 30th June 2013

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