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This Happened — July 20: Bruce Lee Dies

Bruce Lee died on this day 50 years ago, at the age of 32. His sudden death was attributed to a cerebral edema, although some conspiracy theories and controversies have surrounded his passing.

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Where was Bruce Lee born?

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California, in the United States. However, he spent a significant part of his childhood and early adulthood in Hong Kong.

What is Bruce Lee famous for?

Bruce Lee is famous for his contributions to martial arts and his impact on the world of cinema. He popularized the martial art of Jeet Kune Do and starred in several influential films, changing the way Asian people were portrayed in American films. He also helped bridge the gap between East and West.

What is Bruce Lee's martial arts philosophy?

Bruce Lee developed his martial arts philosophy known as Jeet Kune Do, which emphasizes simplicity, directness, and the integration of various fighting styles. He believed in constant self-improvement and adapting techniques to suit the individual, rather than adhering strictly to traditional forms.

What is Bruce Lee's legacy?

Bruce Lee is widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists and cultural icons of the 20th century. His films and martial arts philosophy continue to inspire and impact people around the world. Bruce Lee's charisma, skills, and dedication to his craft paved the way for the popularization of martial arts in mainstream media and left an indelible mark on both martial arts and the entertainment industry.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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