Random Image

Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? ...If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We've been in jail for 400 years.

Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)

This Week in History:

April 12th - 15th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
What caused angry protests in Indonesia and when?
The publication of Playboy magazine in 2006
2
What did Yuri Gagarin achieve and when?
In 1961 he became the first man in space.
3
What happened in 1968?
Students clashed with police in West Berlin.
4
What sank and when?
The Titanic in 1912
5
Who died and at what age?
Pol Pot, aged 72
6
Who set a new women's marathon world record and when?
Paula Radcliffe in 2003

Notes:

No mention is made of the US bombing of Cambodia and the US support given to the Khmer Rouge. Read the Jacobin article Nixon and the Cambodian Genocide.

1968 was a year of revolt worldwide.

What value do world records really hold?

Menu