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John le Carre is born

David Cornwell, later known as spy novelist John le Carre, is born on this day in Poole, England. Le Carre’s father was a charming, dishonest con man who ran up millions of dollars in debt, snookered friends and family on phantom deals, and spent time in jail for embezzlement. Charismatic and delightful company, Ron Cornwell kept up an extravagant show of wealth and sent his two sons, Anthony... Read more >

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John DeLorean is arrested for drug dealing

On October 19, 1982, the automaker John Z. DeLorean is arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55 pounds of cocaine. DeLorean was acquitted of the drug charges in August 1984, but his legal woes were only beginning. He soon went on trial for fraud and over the next two decades was forced to pay millions of dollars to creditors and lawyers. Nevertheless, DeLorean occupies a... Read more >

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Ethiopia stands alone as Italy invades

The League of Nations votes to impose deliberately ineffectual economic sanctions against Fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia. Steps that would impede the progress of the invasion, such as banning the sale of oil to Italy and closing the Suez Canal, were not taken out of fear of igniting hostilities in Europe.

In the first loss of Ethiopian independence in its long history, tens o... Read more >

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Battle of Old Trafford

Not a proud day if you are either a Manchester United or Arsenal fan or are some kind of general pacifist. It was on this day in 1990 that the infamous ‘Battle of Old Trafford’ took place. Though, as it only lasted a measly twenty seconds and most of that involved players shouting ‘calm down, calm down’ at each other, it was more of a skirmish really.Arsenal had gone ahead at the stroke... Read more >