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corsier-sur-vevey cemetery

from charlie chaplin posted in movies by donkeyoti

On December 27, 1977, Sir Charles (Charlie) Chaplin was laid to rest after suffering a stroke in his sleep. He was 88 years old.

Shortly thereafter, on March 1, 1978, Chaplin's body was corpse-napped and held for ransom. The bandits demanded $600,000 for the return of The Tramp's remains.

The two immigrants who perpetrated the body snatching were arrested in May of that year. Both did time for the unauthorized exhumation and later apologized to the family. Chaplin was re-interred, only this time with a cement slab over his grave.

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mount tabor

from christianity, jesus posted in history by donkeyoti

Jesus was palling around with three disciples (Peter, James and John) while hiking a mountain, when suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared in a blinding radiance around Jesus. Then the voice of God called him Son...so all and all, it was a pretty significant trundle.

This event in Christianity is referred to as the "Transfiguration of Jesus", and it has been interpreted several different ways. Some believe that the transfiguring is the revealing of the divine to human sense perception. Another is the revelation that Jesus is the Son of God. Another still is that this really tees things up for a Crucifixion/Resurrection.

The Transfiguration event ranks much higher in the Eastern Orthodox greatest hits, but the Western church honors it through a number of celebrations.

One of the hypothesized locations for the Transfiguration is at Mount Tabor, where there are currently two churches (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) dedicated to Transfiguration on the summit.

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mark twain’s grave

from mark twain posted in literature by donkeyoti

Mark Twain is buried, along with his family, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY.

Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910 at the age of 74.

The family plot has a plaque that is hung 2 fathoms (12 feet) high, the same distance that gave the writer his pen name.

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plaza de españa

from star wars, the phantom menace posted in movies by donkeyoti

One of the few scenes that was not filmed on a green screen in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones were the exteriors for the Naboo city of Theed, filmed at the Plaza de España in Seville.

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first national bank (former)

from jesse james, james-younger gang posted in history by donkeyoti

On September 7, 1876, the James-Younger gang tried to rob the Northfield First National Bank. Townspeople realized what was happening, grabbed their guns, and shot it out in the street.

The resulting body count included the bank teller, Joseph Lee Heywood, and a Swedish immigrant, Nicholas Gustafson, as well as several members of the gang.

Cole, Bob and Jim Younger fled to nearby Madelia, MN (where they were captured). Frank and Jesse James escaped into the Dakotas.

Every September, Northfield holds the Defeat of Jesse James Days, where members of the community reenact the bank robbery and have a parade.

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