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Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler was second only to Adolf Hitler in power in Nazi Germany and was the founder and commander of the Nazi concentration camps

Grantland Rice

In 1922 Grantland Rice became the first play-by-play announcer carried live on radio for the World Series game.

Nicolaus Copernicus

The "Copernican revolution," placing the sun instead of the Earth at the center of the universe, is considered "the" scientific revolution and marked the starting point of modern astronomy and cosmology

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. outlived four of his children, who met tragic deaths while in the prime of their lives

Manhattan Center

The Manhattan Center was originally built by Oscar Hammerstein I as an alternative venue to the Metropolitan Opera House

Aurangzeb

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

Morse Code

Morse code has been in use for more than 160 years — longer than any other electronic encoding system

Mary I of Scotland

Mary, Queen of Scots became queen when she was six days old, and died by beheading, convicted of treason against England as part of a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I

Amillennialism

Amillennialism is a view in Christian eschatology that denies a literal thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on earth

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

Book of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus contains two of the Bible's most famous sayings: "eye for eye, tooth for tooth" and "Love your neighbor as yourself"

Emma of Normandy

The name "Emma" was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife of King Ethelred the Unready of England and then of King Canute the Great of Denmark

Flag of India

The Flag of India has at its center the Ashoka Chakra, taken from the Lion Capital of Asoka sculpture

Albania

The capital and largest city of Albania is Tirana

Constructivist architecture

Constructivist architects aimed to instill the avant-garde in everyday life, constructing the spaces in which a socialist utopia could be achieved

Achomawi

The Pit River is so named because of the pits the Achumawi dug to trap game that came to drink there.

Foot binding

In China, girls' feet were bound so the arch was forced upward, resulting in a "lotus foot"

Prisoner of war

To be entitled to prisoner of war status, the captured service member must have conducted operations according to the laws of war

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine was the first National Park established east of the Mississippi River

Akkadian Empire

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

George Washington

Because of his central role in the founding of the United States, George Washington is often called the “Father of the Nation”

Ashoka

Ashoka played a critical role in developing Buddhism into a world religion

Community of Christ

The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Matriarchy

True matriarchal societies were, and are, extremely rare

Dwarf

Dwarves are famed miners and metalsmiths, and some myths suggest they have the ability to forge magical items.

Dybbuk

Belief in dybbuks, souls of the dead that attach themselves to living persons on earth, became widespread in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram's experiments showed that people may act in inhumane ways when ordered to do so by an authority figure and when their peers also act in the same way

Beatrix Potter

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

Kyoto University

Kyoto University was founded to train scientists to support the rapid industrialization of Japan during the Meiji period

World Cup

The host nation for the World Cup final tournament is automatically qualified to play in the tournament

Romanticism

Romanticism, popular from the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, emphasized emotion and imagination in contrast to reason that was the focus of the Enlightenment

Sari

The term "sari" is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "strip of cloth"

Subhas Chandra Bose

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an ardent admirer of Mahatma Gandhi despite their differences

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay Cosmetics after retiring from her job frustrated at being passed over for promotion due to being a woman

Mehndi

"Mehndi" is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration

Johannes Vermeer

The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer spent his life in Delft, the city of his birth

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was Europe’s first fascist leader, and ruled Italy as a totalitarian state using the title "Il Duce" ("the leader")

Aristotle

Aristotle believed that human nature is inherently political since individuals cannot achieve happiness without forming states (political bodies) because the individual in isolation is not self-sufficient

Positive psychology

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

Kiribati

It has been predicted that the land territory of Kiribati will be submerged as sea levels rise due to global climate change.