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Check Mate

During his stay in France, Benjamin Franklin frequently played chess with the elderly Duchess of Bourbon. On one such occasion Franklin, having put her king in checkmate, reached over and proudly snatched it from the board. "We do not take kings so!" the shocked duchess cried. Franklin's reply? "We do in America!"

[The Duchess was soon proven wrong: the America Revolution inspired a revolution in France during which Louis XVI met his bloody end (1789).]

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