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Etta James

Etta James bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll music

Medjugorje

The location in Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where six teenagers had visions of Mary is known as "Apparition Hill"

Midden

The origin of the word "midden" is Scandinavian and means "manure pile"

Community of Christ

The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Kelvin

Zero on the Kelvin scale is known as Absolute zero, the temperature at which nothing could be colder

Margaret Thatcher

A Soviet newspaper gave Margaret Thatcher the nickname "Iron Lady," which she enjoyed as it reflected her uncompromising politics and steadfast leadership

Passamaquoddy

Passamaquoddy are known for their arts and crafts, such as jewelry, basketry, wood carving, and building birch bark canoes

Inuit

Inuit is a term that encompasses the Indigenous peoples who live in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Greenland, and Canada, and Siberia although some prefer to be called by their own name, such as Kalaallit in Greenland and [[Inupiat]

Lincoln Tunnel

The first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in 1937

Novatianism

Novatian opposed Pope Cornelius for accepting lapsed Christians, and established himself as antipope

Johannes Vermeer

The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer spent his life in Delft, the city of his birth

Homeschooling

A large number of parents choose to homeschool their children to avoid the social and learning environments of schools

Paleozoic

The supercontinent Pangaea is thought to have formed near the end of the Paleozoic era

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of children's stories such as 'The Secret Garden' in which the characters suffer hardships before finding happiness, herself suffered great hardship and loss in her own life leading her to a spiritual quest for healing

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were one of Hollywood's most glamorous couples

Tower of London

Legend says that if the six resident ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the Tower and the British kingdom will fall

Berlin

The Berlin Wall, which had divided the East and West sections of the city since 1945, was demolished in 1989

Netherlands

The Netherlands is often called "Holland" although this is not accurate; North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces

Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is famous for its massive stone sculptures known as "moai"

Literacy

One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals was to achieve universal primary education, a level of schooling that includes basic literacy and numeracy

Max von Laue

Nobel Prize winning German physicist Max von Laue openly resisted the Nazi regime's anti-Jewish Deutsche Physik

Wellesley College

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

Paiute

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

Kyoto University

Kyoto University was founded to train scientists to support the rapid industrialization of Japan during the Meiji period

Parachute

An early parachute design was called "Homo Volans" (Flying Man)

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner changed the manager of the New York Yankees twenty times during his first twenty-three seasons.

Academies (Shuyuan)

Yuelu Academy (Shuyuan) was established in 976 C.E. and still exists today as Hunan University

Java

The island of Java has over 100 volcanoes, over 40 of which are active

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter became an author of children's books after the scientific community rejected her because she was a woman

Golden Horde

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

Appalachian Mountains

The birth of the Appalachian Mountains predates the formation of the American continent

Recidivism

Recidivism refers to a relapse into criminal behavior or substance abuse

Thailand

Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand

Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam

Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram's experiments showed that people may act in inhumane ways when ordered to do so by an authority figure and when their peers also act in the same way

Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances, is also known as the Devil's Triangle

Austria-Hungary

The Austro-Hungarian Empire lasted 51 years from its creation in 1867 until it was dissolved in 1918 at the end of the First World War

Curse of Ham

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

Cayuga

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

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"