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Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • 4 Amazing Spies in American History

    haleNathan Hale

    Nathan Hale was considered the first American spy in history. Fighting for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary war, he voluntarily undertook a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Dressed in disguise, he was sent on an intelligence gathering mission in New York City. However, he was subsequently caught by the British and executed for espionage. His last words ring in American history, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." There now stands a statue of this American hero In Langley, Virginia, at the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters.

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  • 5 Daring Art Heists

    The Louvre

    mona lisaIn 1911 an Italian employee at the Parisian Louvre museum named Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa and hid in the building overnight. The next day, a plumber let him out and he made off with arguably the world's most famous painting. Peruggia was caught and the masterpiece recovered two years later when the thief tried to sell the painting to an Italian museum. Peruggia believes that the painting rightfully belonged in an Italian museum, not a French one. He served some time in a prison but became sort of a national hero for his attempt to return the Mona Lisa to its home land. Apparently Pablo Picasso was an initial suspect for the robbery.

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