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Godzilla Opens in Japan

The first Godzilla film opened in Tokyo on this date, and the 20,000 ton lizard has been smashing up cities and towns ever since. Initially inspired by King Kong, Godzilla soon spawned several other motion pictures and a popular TV series. Its success in America prompted Japanese filmmakers to invent many more monsters and heroes, such as Goro, Gamera, and Ultraman. Godzilla's primary abilities include amphibious mobility, atomic fire-beam, and what else?

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Madame Tussauds

This wax museum was first established by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud in 1835. Tussaud learned to sculpt from her employer, Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician skilled in wax modeling. When Curtius died in 1794, he left his collection of waxworks to Marie, who set up a permanent exhibition on the famed Baker Street in London. Today, the museum has branches in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, and New York City. What is the Chamber of Horrors, and what did it originally include?

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Aurangzeb

Aurangzeb was the ruler of the Mughal Empire in India (1658-1707) and is commonly considered the last of the great Mughal emperors as well one of the most controversial. He was a conservative Muslim and strictly interpreted the Qur'an, banning music, dance, and most forms of art. He oppressed non-Muslims and was engaged in near-constant warfare during his reign. His empire was fatally weakened by the revolts of what groups?

Last updated on Friday, 3rd November 2006

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