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A-Z of History

The end of alphabet history is upon us, but here, with as much zeal as ever, is Nige Tassell and his zany list of Zs
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

ZORRO

The character of Zorro, played on screen by Douglas Fairbanks and Antonio Banderas among others, was based on Joaquin Murrieta Carrillo, a revenge-seeking, Robin Hood-type figure operating in gold rush-era California in the 1850s. Upon his capture, Murrieta’s decapitated head was displayed in a jar of alcohol as a deterrent to other public-spirited bandits.

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