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Princeton University

Princeton University first admitted women as undergraduate students in 1969

Constantinople

In the Middle Ages, Constantinople was the richest European city and was known as the "Queen of Cities"

Amillennialism

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

Abydos, Egypt

So rare is a full list of pharaoh names that the Table of Abydos has been called the "Rosetta Stone" of Egyptian archaeology

Banshee

The banshee's appearance may be that of an old hag or a beautiful young woman, but her cry has always been understood to herald death.

Remembrance Day

Artificial poppies are worn as a symbol of remembrance on Remembrance Day (Veterans Day)

Nigerian Civil War

The suffering in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War led to the development of international humanitarian agencies designed to respond to complex emergencies anywhere in the world

Holocaust

The Jews of Europe were the main victims of the Holocaust in what the Nazis called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question"

Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow tried two important cases (the Scopes Trial and the Ossian Sweet case) after announcing retirement

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

Neoclassical Music

Neoclassical music emerged as a reaction to romanticism with a return to the order and emotional restraint of classical music following the ferment of the First World War

Hel

In Norse Mythology "Hel" refers both to the cold realm inhabited by the dead who died not in battle and the cold deity who rules it

Cliff-dwelling

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

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was called "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" for her refusal to give up her seat in a bus to a white passenger

Joseph Campbell

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

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

Shawnee

The Shawnee had their own version of the "Golden Rule"

Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is a broad range of medicine practices developed in China, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy

Grand Ole Opry

In 1954 a teenage Elvis Presley made his first (and only) performance at the Grand Ole Opry

Lüshi Chunqiu

Lüshi chunqiu, an encyclopedic Chinese classic text compiled around 239 B.C.E., was intended as a guide for the ruler who would eventually unify China

Ewha Womans University

Ewha Womans University was founded by American Methodist missionary Mary Scranton as Ewha Girls School (Pear Blossom Academy)

Westminster Abbey

Since 1066, the coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in Westminster Abbey

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

Jose Marti

José Martí is often called the "Apostle of Cuban Independence"

Adultery

In some cultures, adultery was defined as a crime only when a wife had sexual relations with a man who was not her husband; a husband could be unfaithful to his wife without it being considered adultery.

Methuselah

Methuselah is famous for having lived 969 years, according to the Bible, a lifespan much beyond current human longevity and thus the subject of much speculation

Andersonville prison

Andersonville Prison was notorious for its overcrowding, starvation, disease, and cruelty during the American Civil War

Photojournalism

The "golden age" of photojournalism was in the 1930s to 1950s

John Logie Baird

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird was the first to demonstrate a working television

Nigeria

Nigeria has experienced very high population growth and is now the most populous country in Africa

Zhou Dynasty

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

Feng-huang

Unlike the Phoenix of the Western World, the Feng-Huang is immortal without needing to go through a cycle of death and re-birth.

Flute

Some form of flute has been used in virtually every world culture and as far back in time as 40,000 years ago

Mohawk

As original members of the Iroquois League, or Haudenosaunee, the Mohawk were known as the "Keepers of the Eastern Door" who guarded the Iroquois Confederation against invasion from that direction

Robert Joffrey

Robert Joffrey started his career in dance with tap dancing but was quickly guided to ballet

Andre Malraux

André Malraux won the Goncourt Prize for French literature for his novel "La Condition humaine" ("Man's Fate")

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

Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid was the world's tallest building for four millennia

Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley Civilization had an advanced urban culture, with streets laid out in a grid pattern, advanced architecture and impressive sewage and drainage systems

Sahara Desert

The climate of the Sahara has undergone enormous variation between wet and dry over the last few hundred thousand years