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Diwali

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

David Livingstone

David Livingstone, the first European to see it, renamed the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall the Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria

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

Ethel Merman

Tony Award winning star of musical theater Ethel Merman never took singing lessons

Positive psychology

Positive psychology studies people's happiness rather than diagnosing mental illness and treating what makes them miserable

Kiribati

It has been predicted that the land territory of Kiribati will be submerged as sea levels rise due to global climate change.

Iron

Iron is an essential element for all known forms of life

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

Igbo People

In the 1960s the Igbo attempted to secede from Nigeria and form the independent Republic of Biafra

Museum

The earliest museums in ancient Greece were educational institutions where scholars gathered and the arts and learning were cultivated

Distance education

Distance education has been around at least since Isaac Pitman taught shorthand in Great Britain via correspondence in the 1840s.

Flow (psychology)

In Positive psychology "Flow" is a state of absorption in an activity and an intrinsically rewarding experience

Constructivist architecture

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

Morse Code

Morse code has been in use for more than 160 years — longer than any other electronic encoding system

Photojournalism

The "golden age" of photojournalism was in the 1930s to 1950s

Mercury (planet)

Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the solar system, orbiting the Sun once every 88 days

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

Kibbutz

Kibbutz members took pleasure in bringing the land back to life by planting trees, draining swamps, and countless other activities to make the land more fertile.

Patriarchy

Patriarchy literally means "rule of fathers"

Amillennialism

Amillennialism is a view in Christian eschatology that denies a literal thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on earth

John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell led the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Maasai

Traditionally the Maasai measured wealth in terms of cattle

Italian Fascism

The term "Fascism" derives from fasces, a bundle of rods used in the Roman Empire to symbolize strength through unity

Dinosaur

Dinosaur means "terrible" or "fearsome" "lizard" or "reptile" and were so called by Richard Owen to express his awe at their size and majesty

Robert K. Merton

Robert K. Merton coined the expression "self-fulfilling prophecy"

Robert E. Lee

General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, is commonly viewed as signifying the end of the American Civil War

Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, third century Chinese Taoist scholars, inspired generations of poets and painters

Axial Age

Many of the great philosophers and religious leaders including Confucius, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Zarathustra flourished at roughly the same time, a period called the Axial Age by Karl Jaspers

Keio University

Keio University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, was founded as a school of Western studies

Enrico Fermi

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

Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire ruled parts of Afghanistan and most of the Indian Subcontinent between 1526 and 1857

Jan van Riebeeck

Jan van Riebeeck established the ship refreshment post that became the city of Cape Town

Sir Thomas Browne

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

White tea

White tea was formerly a luxury reserved for the emperor of China

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

Herbert of Cherbury

Herbert of Cherbury is best known as the "father of Deism"

Zerubbabel

Zerubbabel rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem when the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon

Thomas Helwys

Thomas Helwys, one of the founders of the Baptist denomination, was a staunch advocate of religious freedom

Veil of Veronica

The Veil of Veronica is said to have an imprint of the face of Jesus, imprinted on the cloth when Saint Veronica wiped the sweat of his face on the way to Calvary

Grenada

Grenada is known as the "spice isle" because it is a leading producer of several different spices