" As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius-- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination. "
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Singapore Established as a Trading Post

Situated along busy shipping routes that connect Europe to China, the Port of Singapore is second only to Shanghai's in terms of tonnage handled. In 1819, a British East India Company official made a treaty with the Sultan of Johore, establishing Singapore as a trading post and settlement. Singapore was later made a crown colony in 1867 after a series of territorial expansions and became a self-governing state in 1959. The first records of Singapore's existence refer to the island by what name?



Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson was the best known of several women claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, believed to have been executed with her family after the Russian Revolution. Anderson first claimed to be Anastasia after a failed suicide attempt in 1920, which led to a protracted court case involving a long line of people who had known the real Anastasia. DNA tests in the 1990s revealed what about the claim's legitimacy?

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Babe Ruth

George Herman Ruth, better known as Babe Ruth, was an American baseball player and one of the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His ability to hit home runs--at will, according to some--helped turn baseball into the American national pastime in the 1920s and 30s. Arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, two of his records stood for more than 30 years. What is the origin of his nickname, "Babe?"

Last updated on Tuesday, 6th February 2007

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