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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut(1922-2007)

Mother Night, 1961

This Week in History:

June 11th - 14th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
Who was sentenced to what and why on 12 June 1964?
Nelson Mandela received life in prison for sabotage
2
What happened on 14 June 1982?
A ceasefire was agreed between British and Argentine forces
3
Who signed an agreement about Germany and in which year?
Kohl and Gorbachev in 1989
4
Who was found not guilty where and of what in 2005?
Michael Jackson was found not guilty of child abuse in California
5
Who kicked the bucket and at what age in 1979?
John Wayne aged 72.
6
What crossed what in 1979 and what was special about it?
Gossamer Albatross crossed the English channel. It was the first fully human powered aircraft to do so.

Notes:

The 1956 film The Conquerer was shot in Utah and generally downwind of the Nevda US nuclear bomb tests. 91 members of the cast and crew developed some form of cancer. The film, about the life of Ghengis Kahn is considered one of the worst ever made.Wayne received a postumous Golden Turkey for his performance.

What the BBC ignored:

June 11 - 1955: 83 people killed in the Le Mans disaster, the worst accident in the history of motorsports

June 11 - 1963: Thích Quảng Đức burns himself to death in Saigon to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government

June 11 - 1987: Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng, Bernie Grant and Keith Vaz are elected as the first black MPs in Great Britain

June 11 - 1999: Deforest Kelley (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy) dies aged 79

June 12 - 1967: The US Supreme Court delares all state laws again interracial marriage to be unconstitutional

June 12 - 2016: 49 people are killed and 58 inured in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando

June 13 - 1966: The US Supreme Court in Miranda v Arizona rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them

June 13 - 1971: The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers

June 14 - 2017: 72 people are killed and 70 injured in the Grenfell Tower fire

Would you have swapped any of the events above for any of the events chosen by the BBC? I'm sure the recording predates the Grenfell disaster.

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