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"British Bang" on German Archipelago

Heligoland is a pair of small German islands located in the North Sea, comprising the main island and the smaller island of Düne. The main island is commonly divided into three geographic sections, the last of which came into being in 1947, when the British Royal Navy detonated 6,700 tonnes of explosives on the island, actually changing its shape. The so-called British Bang was one of the largest non-nuclear single detonations in history. Why did the British bomb the island?




A rising star in the Tejano music scene, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez went from singing before a captive audience at her father's restaurant to performing for tens of thousands of screaming fans in a few short years. Described as the Madonna of Latin music, Selena had hit after hit on the Latin music charts and won her first Grammy in 1994, at age 22. Tragically, she was shot and killed by the president of her fan club just a year later. What was the motive behind the murder?

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Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia was an Italian noblewoman and daughter of the future Pope Alexander VI. Her family came to epitomize the ruthless Machiavellian politics and sexual corruption allegedly characteristic of the Renaissance papacy, but rumors of her participation in her family's poison plots and of incestuous relations with her father and brother have not been proved. Nevertheless, Lucrezia is often viewed as a femme fatale and has been portrayed as such in many works of art. What are a few examples?

Last updated on Friday, 18th April 2014

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