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Christian, the oldest of Marlon Brando’s 11 children, shot and killed the boyfriend of his half-sister, Cheyenne, in their father’s L.A. mansion in 1991 after she said she was being abused. Christian was 32 at the time and Cheyenne was 20. She died (by suicide) at age 25.
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In his later years, Marlon became a parody of himself, so much so that Chris Elliot, on Late Night with David Letterman, often mocked him in parody sketches.
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David Letterman hosted late night television talk shows for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982, debut of 'Late Night with David Letterman' on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015, broadcast of 'Late Show with David Letterman' on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,080 episodes of the two shows, surpassing Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.
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David Letterman's first network TV show was The David Letterman Show, a daytime comedy/talk show, which aired on NBC from June until October, 1980. Though the show was well-received by critics, it was too edgy and strange for daytime TV, and was cancelled due to poor ratings.

Several of the team members who would go on to work on Letterman's late night shows started out with him on the daytime show, including Hal Gurnee, Biff Henderson, and Merrill Markoe. The daytime show was also where some of Letterman's signature bits originated, including "Stupid Pet Tricks" and "Small Town News."

After the cancellation of the show, NBC kept Letterman under contract, and gave him the late-night time slot in 1982.
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Admiral Sir John "Sandy" Woodward kept his two irreplaceable aircraft carriers, HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible, so far east during the 1982 Falklands War to keep them out of harm's way from Argentine air attack that it was joked his sailors should receive the West Africa Campaign Medal.
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The chemical symbol for silver is Ag, for Argentum, the Latin word for silver. In Italian, Terra Argentina means "land of silver". The country name Argentina was probably given by Italian explorers, possibly Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot). The country name was associated with a legend of silver mountains, where 15th century European explorers heard local native mythical stories of a mountain of silver.
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The town of Ajax, Ontario, established in 1941 as a base for factories contributing to the World War II effort, was named after HMS Ajax, one of 3 British ships involved in the Battle of the River Plate. Fought in 1939 in the estuary of the river off Uruguay and Argentina, this was the first naval battle of World War II, resulting in the scuttling of the German heavy battle cruiser, the Admiral Graf Spee.
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Ajax is a brand of household cleaning products made by Colgate-Palmolive. The company introduced Ajax Powdered Cleanser in 1947 as one of the company's first major brands. An early slogan was "Stronger than dirt!", a reference to the muscular hero Ajax of Greek mythology.
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Hockey defenseman Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks hails from Ajax, Ontario. Born in Barrie, Ontario, Burns played seven seasons with the Minnesota Wild before being traded to San Jose where he’s been for the last nine seasons including this season which just got started. Before entering the NHL, Burns played for the Barrie Icemen and Ajax Knights of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).
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Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (aka "Ferret Face") was ranking surgeon and second-in-command at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Early on in the series he had an ongoing affair with Major Margaret Houlihan which was a poorly-kept secret throughout the Army, though the two were convinced that nobody else was aware.

His character was portrayed by Robert Duvall in the 1970 film and Larry Linville during the first five seasons of the TV series M*A*S*H, who once described Burns as a man with "a mind that had stripped its gears".
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Cream's album Disraeli Gears was recorded in just five days in 1967, from May 11 to May 15, at Atlantic Studios in New York. “We worked very fast,” Bruce says. “We didn’t know that you were meant to take months and years to make an album. A lot of the tracks were first and second takes.”
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The name of the Atlantic Ocean was first used in Ancient Greece around 450 BC, and derives its meaning from Greek mythology. In the Greek language, "Atlantic" is loosely translated to mean “the island of Atlas” or “sea of Atlas.”
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The term "atlas" for a collection of maps was originally coined by geographer Gerardus Mercator in 1595, when he published the book Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura ("Atlas or cosmographical meditations upon the creation of the universe, and the universe as created"). Though Mercator's original book was not just a collection of maps, but a treatise on the history and creation of the universe, the term soon became specifically applied to map collections.

Mercator chose the name to honor the Greek Titan Atlas, whom he consiered to be the first great geographer.
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Angelo Siciliano was an Italian immigrant who became interested in bodybuilding as a child. After supposedly having sand kicked in his face by a stronger man,* he developed the concept of "dynamic tension" and, after changing his name to Charles Atlas, became the most famous body builder starting in 1921, when he was named "America's most perfectly developed man." His training courses -- complete with the bully kicking sand in the face of a 97-pound weakling -- became the most popular in the world and the ads were ubiquitous in comic books and magazines.

Among those who used his training were boxers Max Baer, Rocky Marciano, and Joe Louis, plus actor David Prowse, the body of Darth Vader.

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British actor and bodybuilder David Prowse spoke Darth Vader's dialogue during the filming of George Lucas's Star Wars, and learned only later that Vader's lines were to be dubbed by American actor James Earl Jones. Due to failing health, Prowse made his last announced public appearance in October 2016.
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