" Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except for heaven and hell, and I have only a vague curiosity as concerns one of those. "
Mark Twain

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US Supreme Court Decides Bush v. Gore

The Supreme Court's decision in this case stopped the statewide recount that was occurring in Florida and allowed Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify George W. Bush as the winner of Florida's electoral votes. Florida's 25 electoral votes gave Bush a majority of the electoral college with 271 votes and enabled him to win the US Presidency. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore by how many votes?



Woody Guthrie

Guthrie was a singer, guitarist, and composer whose best known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Having learned harmonica as a boy and guitar as an adolescent, he was an itinerant musician and laborer from the age of 13. He was deeply involved in union and left-wing politics and contributed a regular column, "Woody Sez," to the Daily Worker and People's World newspapers. In 1995, Woody's daughter Nora approached what British singer about recording lyrics her father had composed?

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Frank Sinatra

Sinatra was a giant of American entertainment. He began his career in the 1930s and 40s as a singer whose performances caused the "bobby soxers," his female teenage fans, to shriek and swoon. Later, as an actor, he starred in films such as The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, and the original Ocean's Eleven. He became popular in Las Vegas as the leader of the Rat Pack, a group that included what other 50s entertainers?

Last updated on Tuesday, 12th December 2006

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