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Iran Releases 52 American Hostages

On November 4, 1979, Iranian students calling themselves the "Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line" seized the US Embassy in Tehran and took 66 of its occupants hostage. The students justified their actions as retaliation for US support of the Shah's totalitarian rule, beginning with the CIA-backed removal of the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, in 1953. What was the "Canadian Caper?"




Zorro, Spanish for "fox," is a fictional character created by Johnston McCulley. Zorro made his first appearance in The Curse of Capistrano, serialized in a pulp magazine in 1919. The character's alter ego is Don Diego de la Vega, a nobleman who lives in Spanish-era California and disguises himself in a mask to protect the common people from the corrupt tyranny of the governor. It has been noted that Zorro was actually one of the original inspirations for what comic-strip action heroes?

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Ashikaga Yoshimasa

Ashikaga Yoshimasa was the 8th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate that ruled Japan from 1336 to 1573. Yoshimasa's own reign lasted from 1449 to 1473 and saw the growth of Japan's Higashiyama culture, a tradition inspired by Buddhism that is famous for, among other things, the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and Indian ink painting. In 1489, the retired Yoshimasa built what is today one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto; what is it?

Last updated on Saturday, 20th January 2007

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