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Friday, January 21, 2022

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Grace Patricia Kelly

November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982

Grace Kelly was an actress whose cool, aloof exterior belied an alluring sexuality. Her Hollywood career was brief--just five years--but her impact was considerable, due to both the quality of her work and the manner in which she left the film industry, exchanging the make-believe royalty of Hollywood for a real-life prince--Rainier III of Monaco. Born in 1928, Kelly came from an accomplished family. Her father, Jack Kelly, was a rich businessman and a one-time world champion oarsman. Her mother had been a model and a cover girl. Her uncle, George Kelly, a playwright, won a Pulitzer Prize for penning Craig's Wife.

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Rugby Star Ben Cohen Has a  Personal 

 Reason for Standing Up to Bullies

Cohen (35) explains: "In November 2000, Cohen's father Peter Cohen, brother of English World Cup winning football player George Cohen, was fatally injured while protecting an attack victim at the Eternity nightclub in Northampton which Peter Cohen managed. He died a month later from head injuries sustained in the assault. Three men were found guilty of violent conduct. 

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July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

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In Loving Memory

South Africa president Nelson Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life while at the same time a great humanitarian. Right-wing critics denounced him as a terrorist and communist sympathizer. He nevertheless gained international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin.He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata ("Father"); he is often described as "the father of the nation."

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.  The Nobel Committee said it was in honor of the OPCW's "extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons". The OPCW, based in The Hague, was established to enforce the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu said the award was a "great honor" and would spur it on in its work. He said the deployment of chemical weapons in Syria had been a "tragic reminder that there remains much work to be done". 

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The OPCW recently sent inspectors to oversee the dismantling of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons. It is the first time OPCW inspectors have worked in an active war zone.

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Famed French mime Marcel Marceau was a Holocaust Hero. He was born Marcel Mangel on March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, Alsace. His father Charles, was a kosher butcher who loved the arts. Marcel's mother Anne Née Werzberger, took him to a Chaplin movie when he was five. He was entranced.
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Marceau helped rescue Jewish children during World War II.  At the beginning of the war, he and his brother, Alain, hid their Jewish origins, and changed their name from Mangel to Marceau. In 1944, French Jewish Resistance Commander George Loinger called on his cousin Marcel Manger to help evacuate Jewish children hidden in an orphanage west of Paris. After the war, Mangel, now Marcel Marceau earned world fame as a mime artist.   Marcel Marceau died September 22 (Yom Kippur), 2007 in Paris.