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Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams, wife of second president John Adams, and mother of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, was the first First Lady to live in the White House

Wellesley College

Wellesley College was founded by Pauline and Henry Fowle Durant to give women an opportunity for higher education

Ethical Culture

The Ethical Culture movement is founded on the premise that moral tenets are not necessarily grounded in religious or philosophical dogma

Jozef Tiso

Jozef Tiso is regarded by some as a hero who protected Slovakia during World War II and by others as a traitor who collaborated with the Nazis

Distance education

Distance education has been around at least since Isaac Pitman taught shorthand in Great Britain via correspondence in the 1840s.

Morean War

The Morean War against the Ottoman Empire was the Republic of Venice's last expansionist campaign

Alimony

Alimony has deep roots in history, going back thousands of years to the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi

Positive psychology

Positive psychology studies people's happiness rather than diagnosing mental illness and treating what makes them miserable

Kitty Wells

Kitty Wells' 1952 recording of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" led to the introduction of female stars in the male-dominated country music genre

Hernán Cortés

It has been said that when Hernan Cortes reached Mexico the Aztecs thought he was their god Quetzalcoatl

Greenhouse gas

Without "greenhouse gases" the Earth would be so cold as to be uninhabitable

Janet Jagan

In 1997 Janet Jagan became the first woman President of Guyana

Bette Davis

Bette Davis co-founded the "Hollywood Canteen," a club providing food, dancing, and entertainment by Hollywood stars for servicemen on their way to fight overseas in World War II

Benjamin Bloom

The American educational psychologist, Benjamin Bloom, carried out research that showed that a "decade of dedication" is more important than giftedness in achieving success in a given field of learning

Pluto

Pluto, considered the solar system's ninth planet since its discovery in 1930, was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006

Aurangzeb

During his reign Aurangzeb expanded the Mughal Empire and enacted a series of edicts based on Sharia (Islamic law) in India

Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen is widely recognized as Denmark's greatest composer

Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau

Mirabeau the Elder was known as the "friend of mankind" who believed that the wealth of a nation was its population

Nineveh

Nineveh was the largest city in the world prior to its destruction in 612 B.C.E.

Dario Fo

The 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo

Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia was a country in Central Europe that existed from October 28, 1918, when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until January 1, 1993, when it split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Akkadian Empire

The Akkadian Empire has been described as the first true empire in world history

Shinto

Shinto is commonly translated as "the Way of the Gods"

Miskito

The Miskitos are indigenous people of Central America living along the Mosquito Coast in Honduras and Nicaragua

Battle of the Alamo

The deaths of such popular figures as Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie contributed to how the Battle of the Alamo has been regarded as an heroic and iconic moment in Texan and U.S. history

Rachel

Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob, younger sister of Leah his first wife, and mother of his favorite sons Joseph and Benjamin

A. S. Neill

Scottish educator A. S. Neill founded Summerhill School as an experiment in free learning

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell's philosophy is often summarized by his phrase "Follow your bliss"

Johann Jakob Bachofen

Johann Jakob Bachofen's seminal work Mother Right presented a radically new view of the role of women in a broad range of ancient societies

Eggplant

The eggplant or aubergine is widely used in Indian cuisine where it is called brinjal, and is considered the "King of Vegetables"

Felix Adler (professor)

Felix Adler founded the Society for Ethical Culture, a nontheistic religious movement

Cape Breton Island

The residents of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in Canada, can be grouped into five main cultures: Scottish, Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Irish, and English

Marine engineering

Marine Engineers are the members of a ship's crew that operate and maintain the propulsion and other systems on board the vessel

Namib Desert

The Namib Desert, stretching 1,000 miles along the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa, is believed to be the world's oldest desert having been arid for at least 55 million years

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall discovered that chimpanzees use tools, an ability previously thought to be uniquely human.

Hobby

The term "hobby" came from "hobby-horse" which was a child's toy

Great Flood

The story of Noah's flood may not be the most ancient of the flood stories that exist in cultures around the world

Zhou Dynasty

The Mandate of Heaven, requiring rulers to rule justly, was introduced by the Zhou Dynasty of China

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter became an author of children's books after the scientific community rejected her because she was a woman

Paris, France

The name "Paris" is derived from its early inhabitants, the [[Celts