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Emperor Yohannes Crowned in Ethiopia

One of the most popular post-Theodorean Emperors, Yohannes IV was the first to receive an imperial coronation in the city of Axum in over 200 years. In 1875, when the British refused to stop their Egyptian allies from marching into Ethiopia, he gathered his armies and met the Egyptian force at Gundat, where his strategic use of topography gave him the victory. He subsequently consolidated his power, and Ethiopia experienced a period of relative peace. He claimed to belong to what dynasty?




The Bushmen, or San, are an indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert, which spans South Africa and neighboring Botswana and Namibia. Archeological evidence suggests that they have lived in southern Africa for at least 22,000 years. Some Bushmen are still nomadic hunters and gatherers in desolate areas, but most now live in settlements and work on cattle ranches or farms. They have a rich folklore, are skilled in drawing, and have a remarkably complex language characterized by what?

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Spiridon Louis

Following the decision to revive the Olympic Games at the close of the 19th century, all eyes were on Athens, where the first modern games were held in 1896. During these games, Spiridon Louis, a water carrier, won the first marathon event ever held and instantly became a Greek national hero. During the race, Louis stopped at an inn to drink a glass of wine before going on to overtake the other runners who collapsed from exhaustion before reaching the finish line. Why was Louis arrested in 1926?

Last updated on Friday, 12th January 2007

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