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Ivan the Terrible Is Tsar of Russia

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to assume the title tsar. The early part of his reign saw modernization and peaceful reforms, but after a near-fatal illness and the death of his wife around the 1550s, he became mentally and physically disabled. His later reign was therefore marked by extreme violence, even in his personal life, and bad decisions leading to war and famine. Ivan died in 1584; why do many modern scholars believe he was poisoned?




Cricket is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a roughly elliptical grass field, in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 22 yards (20.12 m) long, called a pitch. At each end of the pitch stands a wicket, or arrangement of wooden stumps, and a batsman whose goal is to protect it from the opposing bowler's ball and, if he can, exchange places with his teammate at the other end of the pitch, thereby scoring a run. What diplomatic incident did the game ignite in the 1930s?

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Aaliyah was a popular American R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Her 1996 album, "One in a Million," catapulted her to international stardom with hits like "If Your Girl Only Knew." The album also fueled the careers of Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who wrote and produced it. Aaliyah died tragically at age 22 when her plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Bahamas. What did investigations into the crash reveal?

Last updated on Tuesday, 16th January 2007

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