Ticker-tape parades are held in downtown urban settings, allowing people in nearby office buildings to throw large amounts of shredded paper products onto the parade route, creating a snowstorm-like flurry. This type of parade is most closely associated with New York City, where it originated after a spontaneous celebration held in 1886 during the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. What did the term ticker-tape originally refer to?
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Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to sight the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. He named it Anthoonij van Diemenslandt, after his sponsor, the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. In 1803, Great Britain took possession of the island and established a penal colony there. The indigenous population numbered about 5,000 at the time of colonization but were subsequently decimated, leaving only a few mixed-race survivors. Who was the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigine?
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Burnett was an English-American playwright and author who is best known for her children's stories, particularly The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy. She turned to writing when she was 18 years old to support her four younger siblings after the death of her mother. Her stories were first printed in magazines, and her first novel was published in 1877. After the death of her son Lionel in 1890, Burnett became interested in what religious movement?