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Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-rays

While experimenting with electricity, German physicist Röntgen produced peculiar wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation that he called x-rays. His x-ray machine gave medicine a critical view inside the body and allowed bones to be photographed to help identify fractures and other abnormalities. He received the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his discovery. X-rays had been produced, but their significance missed, at what US university two years prior to Röntgen's discovery?



Japanese Cherry Blossom

Sakura, the Japanese name for ornamental cherry trees and their blossoms, are a well-known symbol of Japan, where they are considered a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. As such, they are frequently depicted in art and are associated with both the samurai and kamikaze. Japan gave 3,000 sakura as a gift to the US in the early 1900s to celebrate the nations' growing friendship. These trees have since lined the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. What is hanami?

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Nguyen Khanh

General Nguyen Khanh was a major player in South Vietnamese politics after WWII. He first fought alongside the Viet Minh for the expulsion of French forces and later switched sides to ally with the US and help form a new government in South Vietnam. He was a leading proponent of spreading the war into North Vietnam to crush the Communist regime and unify the nation. He currently serves as Chief of State of the Government of Free Vietnam. Where is this entity located?

Last updated on Wednesday, 8th November 2006

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