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Charles Kingsley

Author Charles Kingsley was one of the first to praise Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species," and seeking a reconciliation between science and Christian doctrine

Polygamy

Even within societies which allow polygamy, in actual practice it generally occurs only rarely.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Islam in India

Islam constitutes the second-most practiced religion in India after Hinduism

Chaim Weizmann

Chaim Weizmann was a noteworthy scientist before becoming the first president of Israel

Frederick II of Prussia

Frederick the Great was an eighteenth century king of Prussia also nicknamed "der alte Fritz" ("Old Fritz").

Centaur

The most common theory of the origin of centaurs is that when non-riding cultures first saw nomads mounted on horses they thought they were half-horse, half-man creatures.

Centaur

The idea of centaurs may have arisen when non-riding cultures first saw nomads mounted on horses.

Ralph Abernathy

Ralph Abernathy was the best friend, partner, and colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the earliest days of the American Civil Rights Movement

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

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize was founded as the first wilderness sanctuary for the jaguar

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison for protesting Apartheid before becoming president of South Africa

Ethical Culture

The Ethical Culture movement is founded on the premise that moral tenets are not necessarily grounded in religious or philosophical dogma

Luanda

Luanda is one of several cities that has been called the "Paris of Africa"

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall discovered that chimpanzees use tools, an ability previously thought to be uniquely human.

Aleut

Many Aleuts became Christian, joining the Russian Orthodox Church during the years when Russian fur traders settled in Alaska

Diego Velázquez

Paintings of Diego Velázquez, Spanish artist of the Baroque period, were recreated by several twentieth century painters, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, in their own style

Judo

Despite the meaning of "judo" being "the gentle way," it is very demanding and injury can easily occur

Halo

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

Utopia

The term “Utopia” was coined by Thomas More as the name for the ideal state in his book, "Utopia," which described a fictional perfect society

Weimar Republic

Historians invented the phrase "Weimar Republic" for the government of Germany from 1919 to 1933 officially called Deutsches Reich, usually translated as "The German Reich"

Structural engineering

Structural engineering has advanced significantly through the study of structural failures

Grand Banks

John Cabot's discovery of the abundance of fish in the Grand Banks in 1497 led to the development of fishing and fish processing, culminating in overfishing and a serious decline of fish stocks

Akkadian Empire

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

Wellesley College

Wellesley College was founded by Pauline and Henry Fowle Durant to give women an opportunity for higher education

Aachen Cathedral

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

Alfred L. Kroeber

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin's father is anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber who studied "Ishi," the last of the Yahi tribe

Transylvania

In the seventeenth century, Transylvania was an autonomous state and passed through a "Golden age" for religions and culture

Georges Perec

Georges Perec's detective novel La disparation was written entirely without using the letter "e"

Lascaux

There is a prehistoric cave painting of a "unicorn" at Lascaux

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

Toraja

In Toraja society the funeral ritual is the most elaborate and expensive event.

Tunisia

Tunisia has been significant since ancient times: from the Phoenician city of Carthage through its role in the Roman Empire, its time as a pirate stronghold, rebuilding under the Ottoman Empire, and more recentl

Pueblo

Pueblos are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the US

May Day

In Europe, May Day originated as a pagan holiday celebrating the beginning of summer

Barbershop music

Barbershop music is a four-part a cappella style of singing famous for its "ringing" chords in which an overtone is produced that sounds like a fifth note

Agricultural technology

The Industrial Revolution led to advances in agricultural technology that greatly increased food production allowing large numbers of people to pursue other types of work

Sasquatch

Although sightings of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, continue to be reported the majority of scientist remain skeptical about the existence of such a creature

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner changed the manager of the New York Yankees twenty times during his first twenty-three seasons.

Bookselling

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

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