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Internal Combustion Engine Patented by Morey

The internal combustion engine is a heat engine in which fuel combustion takes place in a confined space, producing expanding gases that are used directly to provide mechanical power. Samuel Morey, an American, invented the internal combustion engine and patented it on April 1, 1826. His work would later permit the invention of the automobile in the 1890s. Who was the first person to experiment with an internal-combustion engine?



Puerto Rican Parrot

The Puerto Rican Parrot is the only remaining native parrot in US territory and one of the 10 most endangered bird species in the world. It has green feathers with black edges, a red forehead, and white ovals around the eyes. It was abundant at the time of Columbus' arrival, but its numbers declined with the clearing of Puerto Rico's virgin forests to make way for agricultural, mainly sugar cane, production. In 1975, the population reached an absolute low of how many individuals?

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William Manchester

Manchester was a historian and biographer who is notable as the author of 18 books that have been translated into 20 languages. He served as a US Marine during WWII, and his wartime experiences formed the basis for Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. In 1955, he became an editor for Wesleyan University and spent the rest of his career teaching and writing there. Why did Jacqueline Kennedy file a lawsuit to prevent the publication of Manchester's Death of a President?

Last updated on Sunday, 1st April 2007

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