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Mourning

The color of deepest mourning among medieval European queens was white rather than black

Solstice

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

John Logie Baird

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird was the first to demonstrate a working television

Detente

Détente usually refers to the easing of relations in the Cold War

Adonis

In Greek mythology Adonis was resurrected by Zeus following his premature earthly death

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

Whale

Whales are the largest mammals, the largest vertebrates, and the largest known animals in the world.

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

Judo

Despite the meaning of "judo" being "the gentle way," it is very demanding and injury can easily occur

Paiute

Northern Paiute shaman, Wovoka, received instructions on how to perform the Ghost Dance as a way to achieve peace

Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith, Jr. published the first edition of the Book of Mormon in 1830 in Palmyra, New York

Stonehenge

At summer solstice, an observer standing within the Stonehenge stone circle will see the sun rise directly above the Heelstone

Darjeeling

Tourism and the tea industry constitute the two most significant contributors to Darjeeling's economy

Cayuga

The Cayuga were one of the original five tribes that formed the Iroquois Confederacy

Ancient Egypt

The civilization of Ancient Egypt was one of the oldest and longest lasting human civilizations

Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is the longest epic poem ever written

Rebecca Latimer Felton

The first woman to serve in the United States Senate was Rebecca Latimer Felton, aged 87, who served for one day

Tuareg

For over two millennia, the Tuareg operated the trans-Saharan caravan trade connecting the great cities on the southern edge of the Sahara to the northern Mediterranean coast of Africa.

Florence

Florence, well known for art and architecture, is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Romanticism

Romanticism, popular from the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, emphasized emotion and imagination in contrast to reason that was the focus of the Enlightenment

Mass

The British Empire was known as "the empire on which the sun never sets"

Celsius

In 1742, Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius created a temperature scale which was the reverse of the modern Celsius scale

Basilisk

The basilisk may be killed by gazing at its own reflection in a mirror.

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

Edward Albee

Edward Albee's most famous play is "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"

Paul-Henri Spaak

Paul-Henri Spaak was nicknamed "Mr. Europe"

Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison was the first Protestant missionary to China, baptizing ten converts over a period of 27 years

Great Pyramid of Giza

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

Distance education

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

John Cage

The twentieth century composer John Cage is best known for his composition 4'33", whose three movements are performed without a single note being played

Berber

The Berbers are the indigenous people of North Africa west of the Nile River

Internet

The internet was first conceived of in the 1946 science fiction short story, "A Logic Named Joe"

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous created the first 12-step program which is the model for similar addiction recovery groups

Seoul National University

During the Korean War Seoul National University was temporarily relocated to Busan along with other universities in South Korea

Aleut

Many Aleuts became Christian, joining the Russian Orthodox Church during the years when Russian fur traders settled in Alaska

Lüshi Chunqiu

Lüshi chunqiu, an encyclopedic Chinese classic text compiled around 239 B.C.E., was intended as a guide for the ruler who would eventually unify China

Imhotep

Imhotep is considered the founder of Egyptian medicine

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga's "cabin on chicken legs" may be based on real buildings.

Philosophy

Until the Renaissance, 'philosophy' and 'science' were considered the same discipline.