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Susan B. Anthony Breaks US Law to Vote

Anthony was an important figure in the US women's suffrage movement, which gathered steam in the late 19th century. On this date, Anthony defied US law and voted in the presidential election, asserting that the 15th Amendment entitled her to do so. She was arrested and fined, but her actions drew great attention to the cause of women's rights. Anthony was also involved in the anti-slave, anti-abortion, and temperance movements, and she was expelled from the National Labor Union for what reason?




Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport that has its roots in parachuting. The sport, which took off in the 1970s, differs from parasailing, which is a passive amusement ride in which the participant is towed on a line behind a boat. By contrast, a paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. Today, the world's best racers compete in the Paragliding World Cup and the Paragliding World Championship. What is the difference between a paraglider and a hang glider?

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Ida Tarbell

Tarbell was a journalist who achieved fame for her work at the turn of the 20th century. She was a leading muckraker, or an investigative journalist committed to exposing the unethical practices of large corporations. Her reporting for McClure's magazine led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly and is seen as a model for journalism today. In 1894, Tarbell's series of articles on what American president nearly doubled McClure's circulation?

Last updated on Sunday, 5th November 2006

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