" He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. "
Oscar Wilde

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Hitler Is Appointed Chancellor of Germany

After the Nazi party lost seats in Germany's 1932 parliamentary elections, leading German businessmen and political figures appealed to Hindenburg, the president of Germany, to appoint Hitler chancellor, and Hindenburg reluctantly complied. Hitler then moved to eliminate his main rivals, the Communists, by blaming the ensuing Reichstag fire on them and using that as an excuse to put them in "protective custody." What was the Enabling Act?



The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a group of eccentric characters representing a satirical inversion of the ideal American nuclear family. A creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams, the group first appeared in a comic strip in The New Yorker, and has since been featured in TV shows, movies, and video games. In Charles Addams' original cartoons, the characters were not named. When the TV show was developed, Addams was asked to contribute names. All his suggestions were used except for what?

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDR's policies in the 1930s and 40s shaped the economic and political character of the US for the remainder of the century. Elected to an unprecedented four terms, his inspirational leadership guided the nation through the Great Depression and to victory in World War II. He was an advocate for the increasingly revolutionary underprivileged of his time, and he supported the creation of the United Nations. He served as the governor of which state early in his career?

Last updated on Tuesday, 30th January 2007

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