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Gentile

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

Felix Adler (professor)

Felix Adler founded the Society for Ethical Culture, a nontheistic religious movement

Iroquois

Five tribes formed the original Iroquois Confederacy, which had a constitution known as the Gayanashagowa (or "Great Law of Peace") memorized with the help of special beads called wampum

Beijing

The name Beijing literally means "northern capital"

Nigerian Civil War

The suffering in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War led to the development of international humanitarian agencies designed to respond to complex emergencies anywhere in the world

Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile offenders are generally treated more in terms of reform than punishment with the result that probation, or suspended sentencing, is common

Daniel arap Moi

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

Indigenous peoples of the Americas

There was no definitive culture for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas although cultural practices were shared within geographical zones among otherwise unrelated peoples

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay Cosmetics after retiring from her job frustrated at being passed over for promotion due to being a woman

Iron

Iron is an essential element for all known forms of life

Victorian era

The Victorian era was a time of unprecedented population increase in England

Freedom of religion

In 1948 the United Nations defined freedom of religion as a universal human right

Shinto

Shinto is commonly translated as "the Way of the Gods"

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

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

Hernán Cortés

It has been said that when Hernan Cortes reached Mexico the Aztecs thought he was their god Quetzalcoatl

Imhotep

Imhotep is considered the founder of Egyptian medicine

Sir Thomas Browne

The seventeenth century English author Sir Thomas Browne merged the new method of scientific inquiry with his Christian faith

Polyandry

Polyandry, the form of polygamy in which a woman is married to more than one husband, is the least frequent form of marriage in human society

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina

Tempo

Before the invention of the metronome, words were the only way to describe the tempo of a musical composition

Kitty Wells

Kitty Wells' 1952 recording of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" led to the introduction of female stars in the male-dominated country music genre

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was buried with full military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York

Virtue ethics

Virtue ethics started from Plato and Aristotle

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

Scotland

After the Acts of Union 1707 created the Kingdom of Great Britain, Scotland retained a separate legal system, education system, church, and banknotes

David Glasgow Farragut

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

Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith, Jr. published the first edition of the Book of Mormon in 1830 in Palmyra, New York

Whale

Whales are the largest mammals, the largest vertebrates, and the largest known animals in the world.

Gerard Debreu

Gerard Debreu won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1983

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari is the ancestral land of the Bushmen or San peoples

U.S. Virgin Islands

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

Jainism

The understanding and implementation of ahimsa (non-violence) is more comprehensive in Jainism than in any other religion

Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi and other members of his team died of cancer incurred by their work on developing the first nuclear reactor

Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point for America during the American Revolutionary War

NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began as a defense against [[Communism

Curse of Ham

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

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

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.

William Matthew Flinders Petrie

Despite lacking formal education Flinders Petrie pioneered systematic methods in archaeology and was the first to use seriation, a new method for establishing the chronology of a site

South Korea

Park Geun-hye, daughter of former president Park Chung-hee, is the first woman to be elected President in South Korea