[Today in History] March 20th

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DEATHS

Ota Benga in 1906

Ota Benga in 1906

1916 – Ota Benga, a Mbuti pygmy (b. 1884). After being exposed in human zoo in Bronx, he was freed but got no hope to return to his homeland At the age of 32, he built a ceremonial fire, chipped off the caps on his teeth, and shot himself in the heart with a stolen pistole

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