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Medicine wheel

The term "medicine wheel" was first applied to the Big Horn medicine wheel in Wyoming

Phoenician Civilization

The Phoenicians are credited with spreading the Phoenician alphabet throughout the Mediterranean world, so that it became one of the most widely used writing systems

Structural engineering

Structural engineering has advanced significantly through the study of structural failures

Christmas Island

Christmas Island was uninhabited until the late nineteenth century and so has many unique species of fauna and flora that evolved independently of human interference

Nobel Prize

Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize, though he was nominated for it five times

Astronomy

Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can still play an active role

Goliath

Goliath, champion warrior of the Philistines, was reputed to be over nine feet tall yet he was defeated by the young Israelite boy David, who later became king

David Glasgow Farragut

David Glasgow Farragut was the first full admiral in the United States Navy

Matriarchy

True matriarchal societies were, and are, extremely rare

Mesozoic

The Mesozoic began after the "Great Dying" - the largest mass extinction in history

Haida

The Haida people are well known as skilled artisans of wood, metal, and design

Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Dürer was, in effect, the first non-Italian artist to associate the humanistic disciplines with the esthetic pursuits of art.

Waseda University

The Waseda University academic cap is square and was specially designed to be unique, immediately identifying its wearer as a Waseda student

Uganda

Winston Churchill called Uganda "the pearl of Africa"

Edward Rutledge

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

John Michael Wright

John Michael Wright was commissioned to paint several royal portraits and paintings of aristocracy, but did not receive the title "King's Painter" nor did he receive a knighthood

Berlin

The Berlin Wall, which had divided the East and West sections of the city since 1945, was demolished in 1989

Forced labor

Slave trading, often referred to as "human trafficking," remains a major problem in the modern world.

Vedic Period

The Vedic Period refers to the time when the Vedas, the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism, were being composed

Axial Age

Many of the great philosophers and religious leaders including Confucius, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Zarathustra flourished at roughly the same time, a period called the Axial Age by Karl Jaspers

Xiuzhen

Xiuzhen means “to practice and learn the way of the truth” and is the principal technique in the Taoist quest for immortality

Vaclav Havel

Václav Havel was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of New York State from 1959 to 1973 and as the 41st vice president of the United States of America from 1974 to 1977

Hammurabi

Hammurabi, first King of the Babylonian Empire, is best known for his laws - the Code of Hammurabi - which were inscribed on a large stele for all to see

Marshall Plan

The European Recovery Program was named the Marshall Plan for the U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall

Napoleon Bonaparte

Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was actually slightly taller than an average Frenchman of the nineteenth century

Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration was described as a 'scrap of paper' that changed history

Ancient economic thought

Discussions of economics have existed since ancient times but it was not a separate discipline until the nineteenth century

Bookselling

The earliest booksellers were scribes who copied books as they were demanded

Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral in Germany, built by Charlemagne and his burial site, is the oldest cathedral in Northern Europe

Zhou Dynasty

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

Ivy League

The term "Ivy League" came from the ivy plants that cover many of these institutions' buildings

Alice Walker

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

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is basically the theory that the right course of action is the one that maximizes happiness and reduces suffering

Zambezi River

The Zambezi River's most spectacular feature is Victoria Falls, which divide the upper and middle sections of the river.

Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman is considered the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century

Seoul National University

During the Korean War Seoul National University was temporarily relocated to Busan along with other universities in South Korea

Comanche

The horse was a key element in the emergence of a distinctive Comanche culture

War

In accord with Just War theory, wars between nations should be declared by the legitimate government authority

Neolithic Age

The term "Neolithic" was invented by John Lubbock in 1865 as a refinement of the three-age system of stone, bronze, and iron ages