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Inca Civilization

At its height the Inca Empire stretched from Colombia to Chile

Battle of Karbala

The Battle of Karbala was a defining moment in the separation of Sunni and Shi'a Islam

Mauna Loa

The Hawaiian name "Mauna Loa" means "Long Mountain"

Soul

Researchers tried to weigh the soul by weighing patients who were dying

Pueblo

Pueblos are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the US

Ivy Lee

Ivy Lee issued what is often considered to be the first press release in 1906.

William Matthew Flinders Petrie

Despite lacking formal education Flinders Petrie pioneered systematic methods in archaeology and was the first to use seriation, a new method for establishing the chronology of a site

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney is famous for patenting the invention of the cotton gin but he made no money from it

Donatist

The Donatists were the first Christian movement to oppose the union of church and state

Methuselah

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

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria

Joseph Warren

Joseph Warren died during the Battle of Bunker Hill, fighting in the front lines for the American Revolution

Chile

Chile is situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire and has many active volcanos and has suffered many severe earthquakes

Elisha ben Abuyah

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

Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie's work was not recognized in France until he received the Nobel Prize for his work on radiation, together with his wife Marie Curie and Henri Becquerel, at which point he was given a professorship at the Sorbonne

Cairo

Cairo is nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture

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

Esther Williams

"America's Mermaid," Esther Williams, was famous for movies featuring "water ballet" now known as synchronized swimming

Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine has been ironically summarized in Latin America as "America for the Americans"

Shuar

Shuar traditionally created "tzantza" or shrunken heads to capture the soul of the deceased

Imhotep

Imhotep is considered the founder of Egyptian medicine

Subhas Chandra Bose

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an ardent admirer of Mahatma Gandhi despite their differences

Hernán Cortés

It has been said that when Hernan Cortes reached Mexico the Aztecs thought he was their god Quetzalcoatl

Mauritania

The "Guelb er Richat" or Richat Structure, also known as the "Eye of the Sahara," is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of west–central Mauritania

French Revolution

The French Republican Calendar, created and implemented during the French Revolution, declared 1792 as "Year I" and had a ten-day week

Princeton University

Princeton University first admitted women as undergraduate students in 1969

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

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg was an end on the first All-America team selected in 1889 and he was elected to both the charter class of the College Football Hall of Fame (1951) and the charter class of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.

Michael Argyle (psychologist)

Michael Argyle suggested the idea that social skills can be learned

Charles Kingsley

Author Charles Kingsley was one of the first to praise Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species," and seeking a reconciliation between science and Christian doctrine

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, died after being shot by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel

Cloud seeding

The first attempt at cloud seeding was in 1946 when dry ice dropped from a plane led to snow fall

Cave painting

Cave paintings probably had a religious or informational purpose rather than being purely decorative

Karst topography

Karst topography is characterized by subterranean limestone caverns, carved by groundwater

Songhai Empire

At its height, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Songhai Empire was the largest empire in West Africa

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

New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange building on Broad Street opened on April 22, 1903 and was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978

Academy

The first Academy was Plato's school of philosophy dedicated to Athena the goddess of wisdom

Kinshasa

Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was originally named Léopoldville by journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley in honor of King Leopold II of Belgium who was the owner of the land

Baekdu Mountain

Baekdu (Changbai) Mountain, a dormant volcano between China and North Korea, has one of the highest crater lakes in the world, called "Heaven Lake"