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Curse of Ham

In the Genesis story Ham is not cursed directly but rather his youngest son, Canaan

Frank Lloyd Wright

The most famous buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright include the private home "Fallingwater" and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Esther Williams

"America's Mermaid," Esther Williams, was famous for movies featuring "water ballet" now known as synchronized swimming

Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau

Mirabeau the Elder was known as the "friend of mankind" who believed that the wealth of a nation was its population

Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII

Affirmative action

Some policies adopted as affirmative action, such as quotas for race or gender in college admissions, have been criticized as a form of reverse discrimination

Ethical Culture

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

Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler was second only to Adolf Hitler in power in Nazi Germany and was the founder and commander of the Nazi concentration camps

James Watt

James Watt's improvements to the Newcomen steam engine provided much of the impetus for the Industrial Revolution

Islam in India

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

Structural engineering

Structural engineering has advanced significantly through the study of structural failures

Augustus Caesar

Augustus Caesar ended a century of civil wars and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness, known as the Pax Romana, "Roman peace"


The Florida Seminoles are the only American Indian tribe never to sign a formal peace treaty with the United States


"Dolmen," a type of megalithic tomb, means "stone table"


The term "sari" is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "strip of cloth"


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

Jane Goodall

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

Ewha Womans University

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

Stanford University

Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who created New York’s Central Park, designed the physical plan for Stanford University

Milton Friedman

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

Herod the Great

Although Herod the Great did much good as a ruler, including rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem, he is best remembered as a cruel tyrant who murdered his family members and ordered the massacre of infant boys in Bethlehem at the time of the bir

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was called "the Two-Horned One" in Islamic and Arabic-language sources and "Alexander the Cursed" in Zoroastrian literature

Colin Powell

Colin Powell began his military career in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at City College of New York


The word "gentile," used to translate the Hebrew "goy," derives from the Latin word "gentilis" meaning descended from a common ancestor


The Netherlands is often called "Holland" although this is not accurate; North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces

Constantine I

Constantine the Great was the first Roman Emperor to accept Christianity

Tower of London

Legend says that if the six resident ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the Tower and the British kingdom will fall

Contact lens

The first corrective contact lenses were made of blown glass

Joseph Campbell

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

Northern Mariana Islands

The Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are the northernmost islands of Micronesia


A nation-state is a political entity (sovereign state) that governs a cultural entity (nation) by successfully serving all its citizens


Aikido can be understood as "the way of spiritual harmony" and a path to peace

Phoenix (mythology)

Diverse cultures include variations on the phoenix, a bird with the ability to be reborn


The town of Orono in Maine takes its name from the great Penobscot chief or sagamore, Joseph Orono

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was Europe’s first fascist leader, and ruled Italy as a totalitarian state using the title "Il Duce" ("the leader")


There is a prehistoric cave painting of a "unicorn" in the Hall of Bulls

Zhou Dynasty

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The geographical and historical isolation of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands has resulted in the development an ecosystem with unique floral and faunal habitats


News-oriented journalism has been described as the "first rough draft of history"

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, author of 'Fahrenheit 451', envisioned many technological innovations in his writings

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