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Howard Carter (archaeologist)

William Flinders Petrie, from whom Howard Carter learned his archaeological skills, had little faith in Carter's ability to be a great archaeologist

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, from 1953 until 1961

Black Hills

The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota "Pahá Sápa" - "hills that are black"

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker was active in the Civil Rights Movement

0 (number)

0 (zero) was the last numerical digit to come into use

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building remained the tallest skyscraper in the world for over 40 years

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

Herbert of Cherbury

Herbert of Cherbury is best known as the "father of Deism"

Murder

In some jurisdictions if the victim survived longer than "one year and a day" the perpetrator could not be tried for murder

Mercy Otis Warren

Mercy Otis Warren was known as the "Conscience of the American Revolution"

T. E. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence became internationally famous as "Lawrence of Arabia" after his liaison role during the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918

Johan Huizinga

Johan Huizinga suggested that the essential quality of human beings is playfulness

Mary Baker Eddy

A central tenet of the Church of Christ, Scientist founded by Mary Baker Eddy is spiritual healing of disease

W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois was the sole African American founder of the NAACP

Abyssinian (cat)

Abyssinian cats, or Abys, are often called the "Clowns of the Cat Kingdom"

Actors Studio

The Actors Studio is best known for Lee Strasberg's work developing and teaching method acting, based on the innovations of Constantin Stanislavski

Mehndi

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

Powhatan

Chief Powhatan and his daughter Pocahontas were from the Pamunkey tribe, the first Native Americans that met the earliest permanent English colonists at [[Jamestown Settlement

Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge was the youngest of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence

Yugoslavia

The region once occupied by Yugoslavia is often described as "the crossroads between East and West"

Acts of Union 1707

Despite having a single monarch since the Union of the Crowns in 1603, Scotland and England had separate governments until the Acts of Union were finalized in 1707

Kimono

"Kimono" in Japanese means "something worn" or "clothes"

Distance education

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

John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell led the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The Prime Minister of the UK traditionally resides at 10 Downing Street in London

Pawnee

The Pawnee had an elaborate mythology that incorporated their sophisticated understanding of the movement of the stars

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam is famous not only for his scientific work but also his poetry, having written one thousand four-line verses

Ghetto

Historically, the term "ghetto" referred to restricted housing zones where Jews were required to live

Beijing

The name Beijing literally means "northern capital"

Iran-Iraq War

The First Persian Gulf War was between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran and lasted from September 1980 until August 1988

Mishima Yukio

Twentieth century Japanese author Mishima Yukio performed "seppuku"-ritual suicide-to end his life

Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen was called the "Sibyl of the Rhine" because of her apocalyptic visions

Mount Everest

The precise height of Mount Everest is unknown, with measurements ranging from 29,000 to 29,035 feet

Asherah

Together, El (sometimes Yahweh) and Ashera were viewed as the father and mother of the gods

Micronesia

Micronesia is one of three major cultural areas in the Pacific Ocean, the other two being Melanesia and Polynesia

David Livingstone

David Livingstone, the first European to see it, renamed the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall the Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria

Aryabhata

The Indian mathematician and astronomer Aryabhata calculated Pi (π) correct to five digits, and may have realized that it is an irrational number

Jesse and Frank James

Jesse and Frank James rarely robbed passengers on the trains they held up

Cliff-dwelling

Cliff-dwellings have been constructed in cliffs rising as much as a thousand feet in height

Donald O. Hebb

Donald O. Hebb's work laid the foundation for neuropsychology as he sought to understand how neurons in the brain contributed to [[psychology