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Kim Gives 1st Public Speech

Great spectacle designed to show military might, support of new leader

(Newser) - That whole rocket launch may not have worked out so well, but such minor inconveniences didn't stop North Korea from putting on a display of pomp for the occasion of founder Kim Il Sung 100th birthday that belied the nation's enduring poverty. Kim Jong Un himself surprised the... More »

100 Years Later, Titanic Remembered

Balmoral cruise, plaque unveiling in Belfast among events honoring disaster

(Newser) - Amid a buildup to the centennial of the Titanic's sinking that went on and on , the actual event arrived last night, with ceremonies from Belfast to the North Atlantic marking the disaster that claimed nearly 1,500 lives. The MS Balmoral, on a cruise retracing the doomed liner's... More »

Nancy to Obama: 'Oh, You're a Lefty!'

(Newser) - No snubs today. Nancy Reagan even got a kiss on the cheek from President Obama as she appeared with him at the White House, reports ABC News. With the smiling former first lady by his side, Obama set up a commission to plan the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth in... More »

Anne of Green Gables, at 100, Goes Legit

Scribe cheers as Modern Library adds heroine to canon

(Newser) - Impetuous redheaded orphan Anne of Green Gables got the biggest gift of all on her 100th birthday: Official introduction into the literary canon. The Modern Library will issue a centennial edition of the first book in the series of eight. Some scholars bristle at the decision to place Anne alongside... More »

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