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Treaty of Madrid Signed

The Treaty of Madrid was an early agreement between the fledgling nation of the United States and the colonial power of Spain. The treaty defined the boundaries between the US and Spanish colonies to the south and west, and it secured the US rights to navigate the Mississippi River, which was a critical waterway for trade in the West. The signatories also agreed not to incite native tribes to warfare. What are the treaty's other names?



Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel is an American stuntman, best known for his public displays of long distance, high-altitude motorcycle jumping, which often resulted in serious injuries, particularly during the 1960s. The consummate salesman, he was able to turn his popularity into a marketing juggernaut with products ranging from radios to toy action figures. His achievements and failures earned him entry into the Guinness Book of World Records several times. How many bones has he broken?

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Theodore Roosevelt

A hero of the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt served as governor of NY and US Vice President under William McKinley. After McKinley's assassination, Roosevelt became the 26th President of the US. His administration was marked by the regulation of trusts, the building of the Panama Canal, and a foreign policy based on the motto "Speak softly and carry a big stick." He won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in the Russo-Japanese War. How was he related to Franklin D. Roosevelt?

Last updated on Friday, 27th October 2006

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