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King Edward III of England Is King of France

One of the longest reigning kings of medieval times, Edward III was responsible for establishing the Order of the Garter, and his reign saw vital developments in legislature and government as well as the devastation of the Black Death. Edward oversaw the expansion of England into Scotland and France, and in 1337, he declared war on King Philip VI and made himself "King of France." That title would be claimed by subsequent British monarchs until what time?



Temple of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis was a large Greek temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple, dedicated to Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon and twin sister of Apollo, was a 120-year project started by Croesus of Lydia and completed around 550 BCE. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It was first destroyed in 356 BCE in an act of arson committed by Herostratus. What was his motivation?

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Douglas MacArthur

MacArthur is a major figure in the US military and diplomatic history of WWII and post-WWII. As general of the army, he helped conquer the Japanese Empire and played a major role in rebuilding the nation and drafting its first democratic constitution. He was promoted to the rank of five-star general in 1944 and was viewed as a hero by many, but he was suddenly relieved of duty by President Truman at the height of the Korean War. Why was he dismissed?

Last updated on Friday, 26th January 2007

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