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1896 - Dr. H. H. Holmes, one of America’s first well-known serial killers, was hanged to death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 200 bodies were found in his property.

1902 (Volcano) Mount Pelee (Mount Pele), Martinique

1915 - A German U-boat sank the Lusitania

1994 - Norway’s most famous painting, ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch (1893), was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from a museum in Oslo.

1998 - Germany’s Daimler-Benz announced the purchase of the Chrysler Corporation, forming DaimlerChrysler AG. It was sold again in 2006, forming Chrysler LLC.

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Avis Dolphin who at 13 survived the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915.

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I do find the phonetic reductions of European Portuguese more puzzling than the French ones. I think it’s possibly a matter of synchrony vs diachrony: true, historically French has dropped a lot of vowels and consonants, but what are left today are more or less clearly enunciated. Of course I refer to phonemes, not graphemes: French orthography, like the English one, is notoriously so conservative that one doesn’t even expect it to match the current pronunciation at all; it is generally known that it reflects a centuries-old state of things.

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