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Chickasaw

The Chickasaw were one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" who adopted practices of European Americans but were then forcibly removed to the Indian Territory during the era of Indian Removal

Dian Fossey

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

Jogging

Jogging is considered a means towards improved health and fitness

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria

Sunshine policy

The "Sunshine Policy" of South Korea towards North Korea was named after Aesop's fable in which the man removed his coat voluntarily to enjoy the warmth of the sun

Dolmen

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

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the passing off of another person's work as one's own

Dogen

Dogen studied Zen Buddhism in China and then spread the teachings and practice of Zen meditation in Japan

Shawnee

The Shawnee had their own version of the "Golden Rule"

American Samoa

American Samoa is the location of early twentieth-century American anthropologist Margaret Mead's controversial study, "Coming of Age in Samoa."

Waseda University

The Waseda University academic cap is square and was specially designed to be unique, immediately identifying its wearer as a Waseda student

Egypt

Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and the second-most populous on the African Continent

Goliath

Goliath, champion warrior of the Philistines, was reputed to be over nine feet tall yet he was defeated by the young Israelite boy David, who later became king

Satya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba, who claimed to be an incarnation of God, was renowned for his philanthropic endeavors and promotion of the unity of religions

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt

Australian Aborigine

Before the arrival of the British there were at least 300,000, and possibly 1 million, Indigenous Australians living in Australia

Kelvin

Zero on the Kelvin scale is known as Absolute zero, the temperature at which nothing could be colder

Adolf Eichmann

Adolf Eichmann's defense for his crimes against humanity during the Holocaust - that he had abdicated his conscience in order to follow the "Führerprinzip" - inspired the Milgram experiment

Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is the longest epic poem ever written

Neoclassical Music

Neoclassical music emerged as a reaction to romanticism with a return to the order and emotional restraint of classical music following the ferment of the First World War

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

French Revolution

The French Republican Calendar, created and implemented during the French Revolution, declared 1792 as "Year I" and had a ten-day week

Academy

The first Academy was Plato's school of philosophy dedicated to Athena the goddess of wisdom

Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima, which he named la Ciudad de los Reyes (the City of Kings), to serve as the capital of Peru on January 18, 1535

Oratory

Cicero suggested that the best orator should be the best human being, understanding the correct way to live, acting upon it by being active in politics, and instructing others through speeches, through example, and through making good laws.

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton developed his famous deadpan expression that earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face" when he was just a small child

Mary I of Scotland

Mary, Queen of Scots became queen when she was six days old, and died by beheading, convicted of treason against England as part of a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I

Cave painting

Cave paintings probably had a religious or informational purpose rather than being purely decorative

Community of Christ

The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Kyoto University

Kyoto University was founded to train scientists to support the rapid industrialization of Japan during the Meiji period

Polygyny

Polygyny, the marital practice in which a man has more than one wife simultaneously, is the most common form of polygamy

New Zealand

Maori settlers originally called the North Island of New Zealand "Aotearoa," a name which is now used for the entire country

Luanda

Luanda is one of several cities that has been called the "Paris of Africa"

Saint Andrew

It is said that Saint Andrew, refusing to be crucified on the same type of cross as Christ because he was not worthy, was martyred on an X-shaped cross.

John Rolfe

Many Americans are descended from John Rolfe and Pocahontas through their son, Thomas Rolfe

Gerard Debreu

Gerard Debreu won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1983

Bali

The Balinese people are descendants of a prehistoric race who migrated through mainland Asia to the Indonesian archipelago

Planet

There was no formal scientific definition of "planet" until 2006

John Locke

John Locke believed human beings start life "from scratch," with the mind at birth a "tabula rasa" or blank slate, which is then filled with knowledge through experience

May Day

In Europe, May Day originated as a pagan holiday celebrating the beginning of summer