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March 31, 2014
March 31: Barney Frank (1940)

It was on this date, March 31, 1940, that American politician Barney Frank, who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Massachusetts 8th District from 1981 to 2013, was born Barnett Frank in Bayonne, New Jersey. Frank graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and served in the Massachusetts […]

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March 27, 2014
March 27: Typhoid Mary (1915): Religion v. Sanitation

Typhoid Mary’s story is not only an argument in favor of good sanitation, something unknown in the Bible, the Qu’ran or any other holy book – it is also an answer to the question, What’s the harm in a little superstition?

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March 26, 2014
March 26: Keira Knightley (1985)

It was on this date, March 26, 1985, that English actress Keira Knightley was born Keira Christina Knightley in Teddington, London, UK, to an actress-playwright mother and an actor father. Following the family profession wasn’t a natural choice for her: as Knightley said later on, “I’m dyslexic, and at six years old [my parents] realized […]

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March 26, 2014
March 26: Paul Erdős (1913)

It was on this date, March 26, 1913, that Hungarian mathematician and mathematical problem-solver Paul Erdős was born in Budapest, the son of two professional mathematicians. Although born into a Hungarian Jewish family (the original family name was Engländer), neither of his parents were observant Jews – but they did introduce young Paul to mathematics, […]

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March 25, 2014
March 25: Béla Bartók (1881)

It was on this date, March 25, 1881, that Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók was born Béla Viktor János Bartók in the small Banatian town of Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (since 1920 Sânnicolau Mare, or “Great St. Nicholas,” Romania). He got his first piano lessons from his mother, but from the […]

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March 24, 2014
March 24: Harry Houdini

“Up to the present time, and with all my experiences,” wrote Houdini to Doyle, “I have never seen or heard anything that could really convert me.”

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March 23, 2014
March 23: Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” Speech

Although Henry had a reputation as a powerful, persuasive orator, the “Liberty or Death” speech was in fact invented for his biography by the biographer, William Wirt.

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March 18, 2014
March 18: Marilla Marks Ricker

“The greatest danger which confronts our nation today is not political but religious,” said Ricker. “You cannot have free schools, free speech and a free press where the mind is not free.”

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March 15, 2014
March 15: French Headscarf Ban Becomes Law

There is one culture in France and it is French. Multiculturalism drives culture to its death.

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March 14, 2014
March 14: Albert Einstein

Said Einstein, "I believe in Spinoza's God… not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."

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