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George Steinbrenner

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

Milton Friedman

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

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon has one of the highest concentrations of hoodoos of any place on Earth.

Kalash

The Kalash people of North-Western Pakistan are a small non-Muslim ethnic group with a very different culture from those surrounding them

Elgin Marbles

When he brought the Elgin Marbles to Britain Lord Elgin was accused of vandalism by his contemporaries

Turbine

The term "turbine" comes from the Latin "turbo" which means vortex

Inca Civilization

At its height the Inca Empire stretched from Colombia to Chile

Akkadian Empire

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

Curse of Ham

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

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Hades

In Greek mythology Hades has been used to refer both to the "underworld" or Hell and the deity that rules the dead

George W. Bush

When George W. Bush won the electoral vote without winning the popular vote in 2000 it was the first time this had happened since 1888.

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai is the name of a mountain where scripture states Moses spoke to God, saw the burning bush, and received the Ten Commandments

Ancient Greece

The culture of Ancient Greece, from the period of around one thousand years ending with the rise of Christianity, is considered the foundation of Western civilization

Hogan

The Navajo word for hogan (hooghan) means "the place home"

Battle of Saratoga

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

Paul Revere

Paul Revere became a patriotic icon due to the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Paul Revere's Ride," which described Revere's midnight ride from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the Brit

Abydos, Egypt

So rare is a full list of pharaoh names that the Table of Abydos has been called the "Rosetta Stone" of Egyptian archaeology

Francisco Goya

Spanish painter Francisco Goya is both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the modern artists

Passamaquoddy

Passamaquoddy are known for their arts and crafts, such as jewelry, basketry, wood carving, and building birch bark canoes

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo was one of the few actors or actresses of the silent film era to make a successful transition to the "talkies"

Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey is the first known person to be voluntarily contacted by a mountain gorilla

Lidice

The village of Lidice was destroyed and its people killed in retribution for the killing of one of Hitler's leaders

Aeolian harp

The aeolian harp is a stringed musical instrument that is "played" by the wind

Violin

Violin makers are called "luthiers"

African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)

The Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a seminal event in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

Battle of Britain

Churchill said "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" after victory in the Battle of Britain

Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid was the world's tallest building for four millennia

Aikido

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

Virtue ethics

Virtue ethics started from Plato and Aristotle

Micronesia

Micronesia is one of three major cultural areas in the Pacific Ocean, the other two being Melanesia and Polynesia

Edith Stein

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was born Edith Stein, a Jew, and died in the Auschwitz concentration camp

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

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of children's stories such as 'The Secret Garden' in which the characters suffer hardships before finding happiness, herself suffered great hardship and loss in her own life leading her to a spiritual quest for healing

Iran-Iraq War

The First Persian Gulf War was between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran and lasted from September 1980 until August 1988

John Calvin

Calvin's doctrine of predestination teaches that salvation is given only to those whom God has chosen, and that it is a free gift not contingent on anything they have done or will do

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Antoinette Brown Blackwell was the first woman to be ordained as a Christian minister in the United States

Panda

The giant panda is classified as a carnivore but its diet is almost exclusively bamboo

Diwali

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

New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange building on Broad Street opened on April 22, 1903 and was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978