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Dominican Republic Is Independent from Haiti

Occurring in the midst of the Dominican Republic's turbulent 19th century history, the 1844 revolution that overthrew French-Haitian rule established an independent republic with a presidency that was, in turns, held by Pedro Santana and Buenaventura Báez. Each president at one point tried to bring stability to the country through foreign rule, the former through Spain and the latter through the US. During what period did the US occupy and establish a military government there?

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Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima is the title given to the Virgin Mary by those who believe that she appeared to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917, at a time when many young men, including relatives of the children, were fighting in WWI. She reportedly exhorted the children to do penance, and they wore tight cords around their waists and abstained from water on hot days. She also reportedly confided to them three secrets. One of these was a vision of Hell. What were the others?

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David H. Hubel

Hubel is a neurobiologist who, along with Thorsten Wiesel, received in 1981 a Nobel prize for discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. Their most famous studies were in the area of visual perception, with particular emphasis on the nerve impulses mediating between the retina and the brain. They observed that various nerve cells were responsible for different types of visual stimuli. Their studies opened the door for the understanding and treatment of what ailments?

Last updated on Tuesday, 27th February 2007

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