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Cyrano de Bergerac Premieres in Paris

Cyrano de Bergerac is an 1897 play written by Edmond Rostand based on the life of a real person of the same name, a soldier and poet with an unusually large nose. Cyrano is in love with the beautiful Roxane, but he is obliged to woo her on behalf of a more conventionally handsome, but less articulate, friend. The play is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language. What Hollywood film starring comedian Steve Martin is based on this French play?



El Dorado

El Dorado is a fabled city of gold and precious jewels believed by the 16th-century Spanish and other Europeans to exist somewhere in the area of the Orinoco and Amazon rivers. The name is derived from the legend of a chief of a land thought to be in modern Colombia, South America, who was ceremonially covered with gold or gold dust, thus becoming el dorado, "the gilded man." Who were some of the explorers who searched for El Dorado?

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Woodrow Wilson

Wilson served as President of the US from 1913 to 1921, throughout the United States' involvement in World War I. Following the war, Wilson hoped to achieve world peace through his "Fourteen Points," but his progressive vision suffered numerous setbacks, and he ended his term incapacitated by two strokes. Nevertheless, while trying to implement his plan at the Paris Peace conference, he became the first American president to travel to Europe while in office. He was the governor of what state?

Last updated on Thursday, 28th December 2006

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