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1978

Coffin of Charlie Chaplin discovered buried in a field in Switzerland

Grave Mistake

It was the final farce that the legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin starred in. And, surprisingly, it all took place quite a few weeks after his death. On May 17th, 1978, the coffin of Chaplin was discovered buried in a field near Lausanne, Switzerland. It had been exhumed and stolen 11 weeks earlier by bodysnatchers determined to hold the comic to ransom.Read more >

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1954

Racial segregation in US schools is ruled unconstitutional

In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admissi... Read more >