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Jan van Riebeeck

Jan van Riebeeck established the ship refreshment post that became the city of Cape Town


In accord with Just War theory, wars between nations should be declared by the legitimate government authority

Phoenician Civilization

The Phoenicians are credited with spreading the Phoenician alphabet throughout the Mediterranean world, so that it became one of the most widely used writing systems

Curse of Ham

In the Genesis story Ham is not cursed directly but rather his youngest son, Canaan

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff had piano roll recordings made of many of his performances

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

Bahadur Shah II

Bahadur Shah II, the last Moghul emperor of India, had little political power and was finally exiled for treason by the British

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The geographical and historical isolation of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands has resulted in the development an ecosystem with unique floral and faunal habitats

Gustav von Schmoller

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

Thomas Merton

The American Trappist monk Thomas Merton was a strong supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s

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

Constantine I

Constantine the Great was the first Roman Emperor to accept Christianity


Unlike the Phoenix of the Western World, the Feng-Huang is immortal without needing to go through a cycle of death and re-birth.

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Vocational education

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


The Spanish term "Negrito" (little black) refers to pygmy populations in Asia

Vaclav Havel

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

Ray Bradbury

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

Victorian era

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

Phoenix (mythology)

Diverse cultures include variations on the phoenix, a bird with the ability to be reborn

Alvin Langdon Coburn

Coburn invented a kaleidoscope-like instrument with three mirrors clamped together, which when fitted over the lens of the camera would reflect and fracture the image. It would come to be called a "Vortoscope"


Recidivism refers to a relapse into criminal behavior or substance abuse


Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can still play an active role


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

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems published almost twenty years after her death by suicide

Reserve Officers' Training Corps

ROTC in the United States began in 1916 with the passage of the National Defense Act that was intended to increase "preparedness" prior to the American entry into World War I.

Academy Awards

George Bernard Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and won an Oscar for screenwriting

Michael Faraday

Although Michael Faraday received little formal education he became one of the most influential scientists and one of the best experimentalists in the history of science


In the seventeenth century, Transylvania was an autonomous state and passed through a "Golden age" for religions and culture


Gandhinagar, the capital city of the Indian state of Gujarat, was named after Mahatma Gandhi who was himself a Gujarati


The region once occupied by Yugoslavia is often described as "the crossroads between East and West"

Johan Huizinga

Johan Huizinga suggested that the essential quality of human beings is playfulness


Modern golf is considered to be a Scottish invention

John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell led the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Walter Lippmann

Walter Lippmann was the first to bring the phrase "Cold War" to common currency in his 1947 book by the same name

Diego Velázquez

Paintings of Diego Velázquez, Spanish artist of the Baroque period, were recreated by several twentieth century painters, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, in their own style

Napoleon Bonaparte

Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was actually slightly taller than an average Frenchman of the nineteenth century

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi's name means "a bright collection of strange victories"

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"

Distance education

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