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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.

Jiang Qing

Jiang Qing, better known as Madame Mao, studied literature and drama and was a successful actress prior to marrying Chairman Mao Zedong

Edward Herbert Thompson

During his time as United States vice-consul to Yucatan, Edward Herbert Thompson purchased the plantation that included the site of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza

Remembrance Day

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


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.

Forced labor

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

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

During Mohammad Reza Shah's reign, Iran celebrated 2,500 years of continuous monarchy since the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great


Wovoka, also known as Jack Wilson, was a Paiute shaman who received a vision of peace and instructions on how to perform the Ghost Dance

Graham Greene

Graham Greene's intense focus on moral issues, politics, and religion, mixed with suspense and adventure, became the trademark of his popular novels.

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry is best known for his speech "Give me liberty, or give me death!" advocating American independence

Joseph Haydn

Haydn has been called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet"

Grand Ole Opry

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

U.S. Virgin Islands

The United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from Denmark in 1917

Solomon Asch

Solomon Asch's experiments uncovered the tendency to conform among many people, but they also revealed the existence of independence in the face of erroneous group opinion.

Sri Lanka

The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka can be traced back to the sixth century B.C.E.

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan believed that Heaven had commissioned him to establish a world empire

Immunity (legal)

In the United States both federal and state levels of government can claim, or waive, sovereign immunity.

Daniel arap Moi

Daniel arap Moi is popularly known as "Nyayo," a Swahili word for "footsteps" which he used to describe his philosophy

Academy Awards

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

British Empire

The British Empire was known as "the empire on which the sun never sets"

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, died after being shot by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel

Ancient Pueblo Peoples

The ancestors of the Pueblo people built incredible cities, cliff dwellings, along the walls of canyons as well as enormous "great houses" and roads along the valleys


Tsimshian people of the Pacific Northwest lived on salmon, which were plentiful prior to commercial fishing, and used Western Redcedar for most of their needs


The symbol of the city of Ljubljana is the dragon, which is found in the coat of arms, on top of the tower of the Ljubljana Castle, and on the Dragon Bridge

Ahilyabai Holkar

Ahilyabai Holkar was one of India's great women rulers

Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, stood for only 56 years before falling during an earthquake

Robert Joffrey

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

Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, generally regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential scientists in history, wrote more on religion than on science

Georges Perec

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


The Abenaki largely relied on horticulture when it came to their diet, which is why villages often were located on or near river floodplains.

Constructivist architecture

Constructivist architects aimed to instill the avant-garde in everyday life, constructing the spaces in which a socialist utopia could be achieved


Winston Churchill called Uganda "the pearl of Africa"


Jujutsu means "gentle art" and is rooted in the ancient cultural traditions of Japan

Cape Breton Island

The residents of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in Canada, can be grouped into five main cultures: Scottish, Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Irish, and English

Academic freedom

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

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

Northern Mariana Islands

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

Marcus Daly

Marcus Daly was an Irish-born American businessman known as one of the three "Copper Kings" of Butte, Montana

World Cup

The host nation for the World Cup final tournament is automatically qualified to play in the tournament

Carnatic music

Like all art forms in Indian culture, Carnatic music is believed to have a divine origin

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