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Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Daniel Patrick Moynihan regarded the breakdown of the family, particularly the black family, as central to the problem of poverty

Adolph Ochs

Adolph Ochs coined the New York Times' slogan "All the news that's fit to print" and made it a trustworthy newspaper

Tower of London

Legend says that if the six resident ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the Tower and the British kingdom will fall

Rudolf Steiner

The life work of Rudolf Steiner was his development of Anthroposophy, a philosophy based on the premise that the human intellect has the ability to contact the spiritual world


There is a prehistoric cave painting of a "unicorn" in the Hall of Bulls

Joseph Pulitzer

Hungarian-born Joseph Pulitzer is known both for creating yellow journalism and the Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in journalism

Gustav von Schmoller

German economist Gustav von Schmoller was concerned with social challenges posed by rapid industrialization and urbanization

Pagan Kingdom

The Kingdom of Pagan was the first kingdom to unify the regions that constitute modern-day Burma (Myanmar)

Kyoto University

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

W. H. Auden

Auden was one of the first prominent critics to praise J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Urie Bronfenbrenner

Developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner believed that children need sustained interaction with their parents and a supportive society in order to develop into successful adults

Milton Friedman

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


The anthropologist Eric Wolf once described anthropology as "the most scientific of the humanities, and the most humanistic of the sciences."


Barter differs from gift exchange in that in barter the reciprocal exchange is immediate and has agreed upon terms

T. E. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence became internationally famous as "Lawrence of Arabia" after his liaison role during the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918


Prejudice is a prejudgment based on membership in a group


The symbol of the city of Ljubljana is the dragon, which is found in the coat of arms, on top of the tower of the Ljubljana Castle, and on the Dragon Bridge

Qin Shi Huang

Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of unified China, was buried with an army of thousands of life size terracotta soldiers to guard him in the afterlife


Petroglyphs, or rock engravings, have been found dating back at least 10,000 years

Acts of Union 1707

Despite having a single monarch since the Union of the Crowns in 1603, Scotland and England had separate governments until the Acts of Union were finalized in 1707

Cold War

Walter Lippmann was the first to bring the phrase "Cold War" into common use with the publication of his 1947 book of the same name

Vaclav Havel

Václav Havel was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic


The term "religion" comes from the Latin word "religio," meaning "reverence for God or the gods, careful pondering of divine things"

Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is famous for its massive stone sculptures known as "moai"

Greenhouse gas

Without "greenhouse gases" the Earth would be so cold as to be uninhabitable

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine was the first National Park established east of the Mississippi River

Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley Civilization had an advanced urban culture, with streets laid out in a grid pattern, advanced architecture and impressive sewage and drainage systems

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is considered the greatest scientist of the twentieth century and was named "Person of the Century" by TIME magazine


The horse was a key element in the emergence of a distinctive Comanche culture


Malawi is known as the "Warm Heart of Africa."

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

During Mohammad Reza Shah's reign, Iran celebrated 2,500 years of continuous monarchy since the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great

Indian Railways

Indian Railways constitutes one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting transporting six billion passengers a year


The town of Orono in Maine takes its name from the great Penobscot chief or sagamore, Joseph Orono


King Arthur's sword Excalibur comes from another realm, and when Arthur dies it must be returned there


Methanol is often called wood alcohol

Bob Hope

Bob Hope is recognized as "The Most Honored Entertainer" by The Guinness Book of World Records


The term "terrorism" comes from the "Reign of Terror" in the French Revolution


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


The first aviation facility to be called an "airport" was Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


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