The Ides of March were uneasy. In a Britain plagued by blizzards, floods and landslides,* the Army asked the House of Commons for a sizable budget. Heavy snow in Eire curtailed the export of shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. In Naples, striking bakers raided the University library and burned books. In Moscow, Atomic Scientist Peter Kapitza, variously reported purged or resting, emerged to publish a learned paper entitled: "Theoretical and Empirical Expressions for Heat Transfers in a Turbulent Stream."

But one event last week so affected history's turbulent stream that British miners and Italian bakers, Irish shamrock growers and...

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