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I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

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?