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Osage Nation

The Osage reservation was the poorest for agriculture but they became rich when oil was found there.

Grantland Rice

In 1922 Grantland Rice became the first play-by-play announcer carried live on radio for the World Series game.

Toraja

In Toraja society the funeral ritual is the most elaborate and expensive event.

Noahide Laws

The Noahide Laws are seven religious laws given to Noah to be followed by all people, Jew and Gentile

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the first African American female writer to be published in the United States

Patriarchy

Patriarchy literally means "rule of fathers"

Darjeeling

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

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot Confederacy consisted of three tribes, the Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai (Blood), and the Piegan

Mary I of England

The execution of Protestants during the reign of Queen Mary Tudor earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary"

Vermont

Vermont is the only New England state with no Atlantic Ocean coastline

Nigerian Civil War

The suffering in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War led to the development of international humanitarian agencies designed to respond to complex emergencies anywhere in the world

Recorder (music)

The recorder, originally popular in Medieval music, was revived in the twentieth century

Wellesley College

Wellesley College was founded by Pauline and Henry Fowle Durant to give women an opportunity for higher education

Ivy Lee

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

Gerald Ford

After assuming the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon

Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey is the first known person to be voluntarily contacted by a mountain gorilla

Edith Stein

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was born Edith Stein, a Jew, and died in the Auschwitz concentration camp

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

Harmonium

The harmonium was promoted in Holland as promoting Christian family unity

Joseph Haydn

Haydn has been called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet"

Robert Joffrey

Robert Joffrey started his career in dance with tap dancing but was quickly guided to ballet

Barter

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

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

Ogre

Some scientists have suggested that ogres may have been Neanderthals, an extinct species of hominids that inhabited Europe and parts of western Asia.

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel refused to write or talk about his experiences in the Holocaust for 10 years after his liberation

Dybbuk

Belief in dybbuks, souls of the dead that attach themselves to living persons on earth, became widespread in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of New York State from 1959 to 1973 and as the 41st vice president of the United States of America from 1974 to 1977

George W. Bush

When George W. Bush won the electoral vote without winning the popular vote in 2000 it was the first time this had happened since 1888.

Egypt

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

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

Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen was called the "Sibyl of the Rhine" because of her apocalyptic visions

Golden Horde

The Golden Horde was a Mongol state established in the thirteenth century after the break up of the Mongol Empire

Flute

Some form of flute has been used in virtually every world culture and as far back in time as 40,000 years ago

Ethical Culture

The Ethical Culture movement is founded on the premise that moral tenets are not necessarily grounded in religious or philosophical dogma

Centaur

The most common theory of the origin of centaurs is that when non-riding cultures first saw nomads mounted on horses they thought they were half-horse, half-man creatures.

Kiowa

Kiowa ledger art originated in the captive Kiowa artists' use of the white man's record keeping books (ledgers) to preserve their history using traditional pictographic representations

Comanche

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

Saudi Arabia

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

Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum is an infamous medieval European treatise that focused on identifying, characterizing, and combating witchcraft

Idi Amin

For his killing of civilians, Idi Amin was called the "Butcher of Uganda," although he preferred to call himself Dada—"Big Daddy"