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Today in history: Good sex with Dr. Ruth

Today is the birthday of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, born (as Karola Ruth Siegel) in 1928 in Wiesenfeld, Germany.

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Tomorrow in history: Beatification day for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero

He was an outspoken advocate for the poor who was martyred in 1980.

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Today in history: Forward-looking Uruguayan President José Mujica turns 80

On this date in 1935, José Alberto Mujica Cordano was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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The Volkswagen chronicle: Porsche and Piëch

The North German city with the very tourist-attractive name "Wolfsburg" boasts of two things, though both are second best.

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Iraq says ISIS demolishes ruins to cover up looting operations

Experts speculate that large pieces are destroyed for the benefit of the cameras, while more portable items are smuggled to dealers in Turkey.

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Today in history: Germany surrenders, European war ends 70 years ago

Victory in Europe Day, is celebrated on May 8, but actually the formalities of the war's end were spread over three days.

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Today in history: The Lusitania is torpedoed and sinks 100 years ago

The British passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat 18 miles off the Irish coast.

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Today in history: The Vietnam War is over!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War.

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Today in history: U.S. invasion of Dominican Republic teaches lessons today

The U.S. invasion was justified as protecting American lives. Within days, this was changed to "preventing a Communist takeover."

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In Germany: From the U.S. Embassy to small town thugs

This was a minor victory; in over twenty years it was the first petition on Mumia which the embassy has accepted.

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