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Battle of Montgisard

At the Battle of Montgisard, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, established by the First Crusade and led by Baldwin IV, defeated Saladin, the renowned Kurdish military general. Learning of Saladin's plans to invade from Egypt, Baldwin's forces surprised his army en route and were triumphant despite inferior numbers. Saladin soon renewed his attacks, but the kingdom enjoyed a year of peace, and the victory soon became a heroic legend. What powerful Christian military order participated in the fighting?



The United States Secret Service

The Secret Service was originally established in 1865 under the Department of the Treasury, with the primary task of preventing the counterfeiting of US currency. It assumed the role of protecting the president after President McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Today, in addition to its original duties, the Secret Service is responsible for guarding high-ranking government officials, their families, and foreign dignitaries. In 2003, the Secret Service became part of what new federal department?

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Andrew Carnegie

Famous as a self-made man, Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, and philanthropist. He amassed a huge fortune in iron and steel during the American Industrial Revolution, becoming the second richest man in the world. He later sold his firm to J.P. Morgan and established the Carnegie Foundation to donate millions for education. What was Carnegie's connection to the Johnstown Flood, which killed over 2,200 people?

Last updated on Saturday, 25th November 2006

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