The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in recent history, was fought during the Pacific War of WWII between the Allies and the Empire of Japan in the seas surrounding the Philippines. It was an attempt by the Japanese to repel or destroy the Allied forces that had invaded Leyte. Instead, the Allied navies inflicted a major defeat on the outnumbered Japanese Navy and devastated Japan's strategic force in the Pacific War. Leyte Gulf also saw the first use of what kind of aircraft?
Back in the day
Matthew Drudge is the proprietor of the popular "Drudge Report" website that gained notoriety after breaking a series of news reports ahead of the mainstream media. He was inspired to start the website after becoming privy to insider gossip at CBS studios while working as its gift-shop manager. Drudge has been touted as a "bold...information-oriented outsider" and denounced as "an idiot with a modem." He has also been named the man most responsible for the failure of whose presidential bid?
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Kitano is a famous Japanese actor, comedian, TV host, and film director. His films are generally action-oriented and include a great deal of deadpan acting and dark comedy. Kitano is known almost exclusively by the name "Beat Takeshi" and hosts a weekly television program where a panel of entertainers and politicians discuss current events. In 2004, 34 years after he dropped out to pursue his career in entertainment, Kitano was awarded an honorary engineering degree from what university?