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John James Audubon

John James Audubon planned to catalog and paint all the birds of North America

Kwakwaka'wakw

Kwakwaka'wakw have made great efforts to revive their traditional culture—their language, dances, masks, totem poles, and the previously outlawed potlatch

Diwali

Diwali, or the "Festival of Lights," is a Hindu celebration signifying the triumph of good over evil

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

Distance education

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

Cheyenne

Cheyenne were involved in the Indian Wars: Southern Cheyenne were killed at the Sand Creek Massacre and Northern Cheyenne participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn defeating George Armstrong Custer and his troops

Edward VII of the United Kingdom

King Edward VII was known as the "uncle of Europe" as he was related to nearly every other European monarch

Pluto

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

Lincoln Tunnel

The first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in 1937

Space exploration

The first human being in space was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and the first person to set foot on the moon was American astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney is famous for patenting the invention of the cotton gin but he made no money from it

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by the Hungarian-born American journalist, Joseph Pulitzer, a prominent newspaper publisher who was also responsible, along with William Randolph Hearst, for originating yellow journalism

John Wesley Powell

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

Hunnic Empire

Under Attila, the Hunnic Empire stretched from the steppes of Central Asia into modern Germany, and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

John Lubbock became Lord Avebury in recognition of his efforts to preserve the Avebury archaeological site

Kelvin

Zero on the Kelvin scale is known as Absolute zero, the temperature at which nothing could be colder

Donatist

The Donatists were the first Christian movement to oppose the union of church and state

Moai

Scientists have come up with several theories to explain how the Moai of Easter Island "walked" from the quarry to their stone platforms

Bahadur Shah II

Bahadur Shah II, the last Moghul emperor of India, had little political power and was finally exiled for treason by the British

Paris, France

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

Urie Bronfenbrenner

Developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner believed that children need sustained interaction with their parents and a supportive society in order to develop into successful adults

Baekdu Mountain

Baekdu (Changbai) Mountain, a dormant volcano between China and North Korea, has one of the highest crater lakes in the world, called "Heaven Lake"

Academy Awards

George Bernard Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and won an Oscar for screenwriting

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

Halo

Plain round halos typically have been used to signify saints and angels while square halos were sometimes used for the living

Johan Huizinga

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

Zanzibar

The archipelago of Zanzibar was a separate state which united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania and still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the union

Altamira (cave)

Altamira is the only cave where paintings extend into the area where the occupants lived.

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.

Paleozoic

The supercontinent Pangaea is thought to have formed near the end of the Paleozoic era

Vermont

Vermont is the only New England state with no Atlantic Ocean coastline

Academic freedom

The importance of academic freedom became apparent during the Scientific Revolution in Europe.

Exercise

Physical exercise is beneficial to both physical and mental health

Mehndi

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

Richard Felton Outcault

Richard Felton Outcault created the cartoon characters "The Yellow Kid" and "Buster Brown"

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

Che Guevara

Socialist revolutionary Che Guevara was born in Argentina and received the nickname "Che" because of his frequent use of the Argentine word Che, meaning "pal" or "mate"

Tuareg

For over two millennia, the Tuareg operated the trans-Saharan caravan trade connecting the great cities on the southern edge of the Sahara to the northern Mediterranean coast of Africa.

Acadia National Park

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

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

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