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International Join Hands Day

Please, it should only be the hands that are joined Not that you need telling, as it’s been heavily ringed with thick felt tip on your calendar for months now, but today is International Join Hands Day! As the organisers are desperate to point out, this day does not involve going up to complete strangers in the street and frantically shaking their hands and other body parts. Or even approachi... Read more >

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Lusitania is torpedoed

On the afternoon of 7 May 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people were drowned, including 128 Americans. The attack aroused considerable indignation in the United States, but Germany defended the action, noting that... Read more >