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If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, and above all, don't die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

Prospects for Women in Writing, speech Portland, 21986

This Week in History:

August 31st - September 6th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
Who died where in India at what age?
Mother Terasa died in Calcutta aged 87.
2
How many Israeli athletes were killed by which Palestinian extremist group at which Olympics in 1992?
Black September killed 11 Israeli team members at the Munich Olympics.
3
How many hostages died at which siege in 2004?
Over 200 hostages were killed at the Beslan school siege.
4
In which year and in which country did who lead a coup? Colonel Gaddafi seized power in Libya in 1969.
5
Who died where in 1997 and how?
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris.

What the BBC ignored:

August 31 - 1957: The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

August 31 - 1962: Formally under British rule Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.

September 1 - 2011: Nazi Germany invades Poland beginning the European phase of World War II.

September 1 - 2011: Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people.

September 1 - 2011: In Reykjav√≠k, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion.

September 2 - 1945: Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

September 3 - 1971: Qatar becomes an independent state.

September 3 - 2016: The U.S. and China, together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions, both formally joined the Paris global climate agreement.

September 4 - 1998: Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

September 4 - 2001: Tokyo DisneySea opens to the public as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.

September 5 - 1984: Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment.

September 5 - 1991: The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, comes into force.

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

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