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Lon Nol Ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia

Nol became defense minister and army chief of staff in Norodom Sihanouk's Cambodian government in 1955 and later served as premier under him. In 1970, he led the coup that deposed Sihanouk and assumed control of the government. His unsuccessful attempts at suppressing the Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas plunged the country into civil war, and he fled the country in 1975 with the Communist takeover imminent. What prompted Nol to resort to the use of "magic sand" as a military defense?



The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare's earlier comedies. Its main plot involves the marriage of the violently tempered Katherina to Petruchio, who claims he can tame her wild ways and make her an obedient bride. Though modern scholars bristle at the play's misogynistic tones, it has inspired films, a Broadway musical, and a Brazilian soap opera. The Taming of the Shrew even sparked a pseudo-sequel by John Fletcher in Shakespeare's lifetime. What was it called?

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Frederik Willem de Klerk

The last state president of South Africa, de Klerk served from 1989 to 1994. He is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa's racial segregation policy, and beginning the process of drafting of a new constitution for the country based on the principle of "one person, one vote." As president, de Klerk moved quickly to free political prisoners, and, in 1991, he obtained the repeal of all remaining apartheid laws. With whom did de Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize?

Last updated on Tuesday, 18th March 2014

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