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Joan of Arc Goes on Trial

Joan of Arc was a French military leader and heroine who was canonized in 1920. Inspired and directed by religious visions, she organized the French resistance that forced the English to end their siege of Orléans in 1429. The same year she led an army of 12,000 to Rheims and had the dauphin crowned Charles VII. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians, she was later tried for heresy and sorcery and was burned at the stake. What was the "rehabilitation trial"?

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Great Mississippi Flood

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in US history. It began when heavy rains pounded the central basin of the Mississippi in the summer of 1926. The river broke out of its levee system in 145 places and flooded about 16,570,627 acres (70,000 km²) in water 30 feet (10 m) deep. The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states. What political effects did the flood have?

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Jimmy Page

One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Page started out as a highly sought-after studio guitarist in England. Under his direction, Led Zeppelin became the prototype for rock bands to come and redefined music in the 1970s. Page's sound incorporates blues, slide guitar, and distortion, and he has co-written many popular rock anthems, including "Stairway to Heaven." Page has a great interest in what 19th century occultist?

Last updated on Tuesday, 9th January 2007

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