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Westminster Abbey

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


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

Paul Revere

Paul Revere became a patriotic icon due to the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Paul Revere's Ride," which described Revere's midnight ride from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the Brit

Norman Bethune

In his lifetime Norman Bethune was virtually unknown in his homeland of Canada but received international recognition when Chairman Mao Zedong wrote about his work in China

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay Cosmetics after retiring from her job frustrated at being passed over for promotion due to being a woman

Elisha ben Abuyah

Elisha ben Abuyah was known as "Acher" ("outcast") and condemned as a heretic by his fellow Tannaim

North Carolina

At 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is the highest point in the U.S. East of the Mississippi River.


Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient South Korean kingdom of Silla

Vocational education

The general philosophy of vocational education stands in stark contrast to the ideology of a liberal arts education.

John Wesley

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, adopted unconventional practices, such as field preaching to reach factory laborers and newly urbanized masses uprooted from their traditional village culture at the start of the [[Industrial Revolut


Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States in 1959

Zambezi River

The Zambezi River's most spectacular feature is Victoria Falls, which divide the upper and middle sections of the river.

Ivy League

The term "Ivy League" came from the ivy plants that cover many of these institutions' buildings

Head Start

The Head Start program was initated as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty

Space exploration

The first human being in space was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and the first person to set foot on the moon was American astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969

Johnny Appleseed

The legendary Johnny Appleseed was actually John Chapman, an evangelist for a Swedenborgian sect, who planted apple orchards along America's frontier

John Rolfe

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

Affirmative action

Some policies adopted as affirmative action, such as quotas for race or gender in college admissions, have been criticized as a form of reverse discrimination

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation through nonviolent means; at the time he was the award's youngest recipient

Johann Jakob Bachofen

Johann Jakob Bachofen's seminal work Mother Right presented a radically new view of the role of women in a broad range of ancient societies

Weimar Republic

Historians invented the phrase "Weimar Republic" for the government of Germany from 1919 to 1933 officially called Deutsches Reich, usually translated as "The German Reich"

Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey coined the idea of "abundance mentality," which allows everyone to be successful rather than winners vs losers

Christmas Island

Christmas Island was uninhabited until the late nineteenth century and so has many unique species of fauna and flora that evolved independently of human interference

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, from 1953 until 1961

Tina Turner

Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, Tennessee, a small rural community that she described in her 1973 hit song "Nutbush City Limits"

Georges Perec

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

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, is Israel's largest freshwater lake

Constantine I

Constantine the Great was the first Roman Emperor to accept Christianity


Methuselah is famous for having lived 969 years, according to the Bible, a lifespan much beyond current human longevity and thus the subject of much speculation

Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bhumibol Adulyadej, king for 70 years, had the longest reign in [[Thailand


Xiuzhen means “to practice and learn the way of the truth” and is the principal technique in the Taoist quest for immortality

Emma of Normandy

The name "Emma" was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife of King Ethelred the Unready of England and then of King Canute the Great of Denmark


Tariffs may be classified into three groups: transit duties, export duties, and import duties.


The earliest booksellers were scribes who copied books as they were demanded

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by the Hungarian-born American journalist, Joseph Pulitzer, a prominent newspaper publisher who was also responsible, along with William Randolph Hearst, for originating yellow journalism

Aretha Franklin

By the end of the 1960s Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul"


Cheyenne were involved in the Indian Wars: Southern Cheyenne were killed at the Sand Creek Massacre and Northern Cheyenne participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn defeating George Armstrong Custer and his troops


The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca made by Muslim devotees

Inca Civilization

At its height the Inca Empire stretched from Colombia to Chile


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

Edward VII of the United Kingdom

King Edward VII was known as the "uncle of Europe" as he was related to nearly every other European monarch


The Fahrenheit temperature scale was proposed in 1724 by Amsterdam-based physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit