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Battle of Taranto

This battle, which took place during WWII, marked the first all-aircraft naval attack in history. The results were definitive, as British planes destroyed much of the Italian fleet anchored in Taranto. The battle is seen as a turning point in military history, marking the end of the reign of "big-gun" battleships and leading to the rise of naval air power. Aspects of the attack were studied as part of the planning for what other notorious aerial bombardment?



The Ganges River

The Ganges River in northern India originates from the Gangotri, a glacier in the Himalayas, and empties into the Bay of Bengal after branching into many distributaries. It is 1,560 mi (2,510 km) long and, because of its location near major population centers, highly polluted. Two species of dolphin and a rare species of freshwater shark live in the river, and rice, grains, oilseed, and cotton are grown in its basin. One out of how many people in the world lives in the Ganges Basin?

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky was a literary giant whose works exhibit an uncanny grasp of human psychology and offer penetrating analyses of the politics and social and spiritual state of the Russia of his time. He began his career as a political radical, but after a time spent in exile, he became much more conservative and reflective about the nature of man. What other great Russian author reportedly burst into tears when he learned of Dostoevsky's death?

Last updated on Saturday, 11th November 2006

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