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A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.

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This day in history


The gang that included Jesse James and Cole Younger committed their first bank robbery in Liberty, Mo.


Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz premiered in Vienna.

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Sir Joseph Banks (1743)
Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

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Quote of the day

Who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he mu st make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice?

Marcus Tullius Cicero history truth

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