The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything to gain the love of a prince and an eternal soul. The story has been adapted into numerous films, TV series, an opera, and a ballet. Who served as the model for the famed Little Mermaid statue that sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbor?
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Milosevic was elected president of Serbia in 1989 and proceeded to transform its Communist party into the nationalistic Socialist party. He supported Serb forces in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after they became independent, and he was widely blamed for the Serbs' military aggression and brutal "ethnic cleansing" policies. Barred from a third term as Serbia's president, he became president of Yugoslavia in 1997. He was later tried by the Hague for alleged war crimes. How did he die?
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Gagarin was the Russian cosmonaut who, in 1961, became the first human being to successfully travel into space. "The Columbus of the Cosmos," as he is known in Russian history, circled the earth once, in a flight that lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes. His success is believed to have ushered in the modern era of man in space, and Gagarin toured widely to promote the Soviet achievement. What factors did Soviet officials consider when choosing Gagarin for the historic flight?