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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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Libya To Lampedusa, The Toll Of Climate Migration That Spans The Mediterranean

The death toll for Libya's catastrophic flood this week continues to rise, at the same time that the Italian island of Lampedusa raises alarms over unprecedented number of migrant arrivals. What look at first like two distinct stories are part of the same mounting crisis that the world is simply not prepared to face: climate migration.

Photograph of migrants covering themselves from the sun as they wait to be transferred away from the Lampedusa island. An officer stands above them and the ocean speeds in the background.

September 15, 2023, Lampedusa: Migrants wait in Cala Pisana to be transferred to other places from the island

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Valeria Berghinz


It’s a difficult number for the brain to comprehend: 20,000. That is the current estimate of how many people were killed — the majority, likely, instantly drowned and washed away — after a dam broke during a massive storm in eastern Libya on Sunday.

As the search continues for victims (the official death count currently stands at over 11,000) in and around the city of Derna, across the Mediterranean Sea, a different number tells another troubling story: in the span of just two days, 7,000 migrants have arrived on the island of Lampedusa.

Midway between Sicily and the North African coast, the tiny Italian island has long been a destination for those hailing from all points south and east to arrive on European soil. Still, the staggering number of arrivals this week of people ready to risk their lives on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean should again set off alarms that reach far beyond the island.

Yet these two numbers — one of the thousands of dead, the other of thousands of survivors — are in some way really one story.

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