6th April
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1895 Oscar Wilde Is Arrested

Wilde had been enjoying an affair with the Marquess of Queensbury's son since 1891, but, when the Marquess denounced Wilde as a homosexual, Wilde sued him.

Wilde lost the case and, as homosexuality was a crime in England at the time, he was sentenced to two years hard labour. He was released from prison in 1897 when he fled to Paris. He died in 1900.

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1896 Olympic Games Begin Again After 1503 Year Break

Athens: Greek King Georgios I, greeted 280 contestants from 13 nations to the Games which consisted of 43 events.

The Games had been abolished by Roman Emperor Theodosius I in 393 AD. Theodosius was a Christian, determined to suppress paganism.

Since then, the Games have grown dramatically. In 2000 at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, more than 10,000 athletes from 200 countries participated.

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