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Hadrian's Wall

The preservation of what remains of Hadrian's Wall can be credited to the town clerk of Newcastle upon Tyne, John Clayton, who bought land on which the Wall stood to prevent removal of its stones for reuse

Darius I of Persia

Darius the Great of Persia decreed that the Jews could rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem after its destruction by the Babylonians


The watermelon is the state vegetable of Oklahoma


Cybercrime refers to crime that involves a computer and a network either used in the commission of the crime or as the target

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

Mercury (element)

The chemical element mercury is the only metal that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure

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.

Vanderbilt University

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


The jackal is one of the few mammals that has a long-term mate


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


The goal of Roman crucifixion was not just death, but also dishonor


Violin makers are called "luthiers"

Robert Joffrey

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

Herbert Spencer

The term "survival of the fittest" was coined by Herbert Spencer

Robert K. Merton

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


Avebury is the site of a large henge and several stone circles, dating to around 5000 years ago


A large number of parents choose to homeschool their children to avoid the social and learning environments of schools

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

Joshua Nkomo

Joshua Nkomo was declared a national hero in recognition of his leading role in the struggle to establish Zimbabwe's independence

Westminster Abbey

Since 1066, the coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in Westminster Abbey

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel refused to write or talk about his experiences in the Holocaust for 10 years after his liberation

Georges Perec

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

Toby Riddle

Toby Winema Riddle, one of few Native American women to be so honored, received a military pension by congressional act acknowledging her role as a key participant and mediator during peace and war


Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob, younger sister of Leah his first wife, and mother of his favorite sons Joseph and Benjamin

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead firmly believed that human behavior was learned and so could be reshaped by a society determined to make changes for the better.


Urbanization can be planned or organic.


"Solstice" comes from Latin, meaning "sun came to a stop"

Mishima Yukio

Twentieth century Japanese author Mishima Yukio performed "seppuku"-ritual suicide-to end his life

Victorian era

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


Pueblos are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the US


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

Idi Amin

For his killing of civilians, Idi Amin was called the "Butcher of Uganda," although he preferred to call himself Dada—"Big Daddy"

Rosetta Stone

All knowledge of Egyptian hieroglyphs was lost by the Romans and was not recovered until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799


The location in Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where six teenagers had visions of Mary is known as "Apparition Hill"

Herbert of Cherbury

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

Felix Adler (professor)

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

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, author of 'Fahrenheit 451', envisioned many technological innovations in his writings

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


There have been dozens—perhaps hundreds—of locations proposed for Atlantis

Mercy Otis Warren

Mercy Otis Warren was known as the "Conscience of the American Revolution"