" When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. "
George Bernard Shaw

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Priest Urbain Grandier Burned at the Stake for Witchcraft

Grandier was a 17th-century French Catholic priest who was accused of bewitching the nuns of the Ursuline convent. Although he was acquitted by an ecclesiastical council, Grandier had published scathing criticisms of Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister and virtual ruler of France, who arranged to have him re-tried. Accused of having entered a pact with the devil, Grandier was tortured, found guilty, and burned at the stake. What was presented as evidence of the Grandier's diabolical pact?



Harriet Tubman

Born Araminta Ross, Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 by the Underground Railroad and almost immediately returned to the South to help others do the same. Hailed as "the Moses of her people," she is believed to have led more than 300 slaves, including her parents and brother, to freedom. During the Civil War, she served the Union in various capacities, including as a nurse and spy. She managed all this despite suffering from debilitating headaches and seizures as a result of what childhood trauma?

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Liviu Librescu

A Holocaust survivor, Professor Liviu Librescu had seen more than his fair share of death before April 16, 2007—Holocaust Remembrance Day—when a gunman tried to enter his classroom at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech. Librescu jumped into action, blocking the door to give his students time to escape through the windows. His heroic actions cost him his life; he was shot five times by the gunman. How many of his students did he manage to save?

Last updated on Monday, 19th August 2013

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