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Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

B. F. Skinner (1904-1990)

New Scientist, May 21, 1964

This Week in History:

August 27th - 30th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
What happened exactly 45 years after Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream"?
Barack Obama accepted the presidential nomination of a major party.
2
What came close to the Earth in 2003 and after how long?
Mars after 60,000
3
Where did free and democratic elections take place and in what year?
East TImor in 2001
4
What struck the Gulf Coast of the United States and in what year?
Hurricane Katrina in 2005
5
What was out of action and for how long?
Big Ben for 3 weeks

What the BBC ignored:

August 27 - 1928: The Kellogg–Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by fifteen nations.

August 27 - 1979: Retired Admiral Lord Mountbatten is assassinated on his boat by an IRA bomb

August 27 - 2011: Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage

August 28 - 2011: 10,000 demonstrators face off against 23,000 police during the Democratic National Convention in Chi cargo, live on TV

August 29 - 1966: The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

August 29 - 2011:  Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.

August 30 - 1974: 8 people are killed when the ultra-leftist EAAJAF bomb the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Tokyo

Would you have swapped any of the events above for any of the events chosen by the BBC?

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