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Edwin Hubble Announces Existence of Other Galaxies

Edwin Hubble worked as a basketball coach and teacher, served in World War I, and studied law before focusing his energies on astronomy. On December 30, 1924, he made a groundbreaking announcement, declaring that fuzzy "nebulae" seen earlier with less powerful telescopes were not part of our galaxy, but were actually galaxies, themselves. With the findings now known as Hubble's law, he was also the first to provide evidence to support what theory about the universe?



The Salic Law

The Salic law was the rule of succession in certain royal and noble families of Europe, forbidding females to succeed to the titles or offices in the family. The rule was most prominently enforced by the house of Valois and the succeeding house of Bourbon in France and was involved in the rivalry of Stephen and Matilda for the throne of England and in the claim of Edward III to the French succession. What impact did it have when Victoria ascended the British throne?

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Hideki Tojo

Tojo was the 40th Prime Minister of Japan. His accession marked the final triumph of the military faction which advocated war with the US and Great Britain. As the most powerful leader in the government during WWII, he approved the attack on Pearl Harbor and pushed the Japanese offensive in China, SE Asia, and the Pacific. Tojo resigned after a string of military failures and later attempted suicide. He was arrested by the Allies and tried, convicted, and executed for what war crimes?

Last updated on Saturday, 30th December 2006

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