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William Henry Harrison Dies of Pneumonia

William Henry Harrison was an American military leader, politician, and the ninth president of the United States. When he took office in 1841 at the age of 68, he was the oldest man to be elected president, a record that stood for 140 years until Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 at age 69. Harrison died exactly one month into his term—making him the first president to die in office, and making his presidency the briefest ever. According to legend, what curse had been placed on Harrison?



Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters, a basketball team that combines athleticism and comedy, entertains spectators around the world. Initially a standard competitive team, the Globetrotters began relying on comic routines after experiencing difficulty attracting and retaining talent in the 1950s. Players demonstrate skills such as juggling, spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots. Who are the "honorary Globetrotters?"

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Maya Angelou

Angelou is an African-American writer and performer. Her 6 autobiographical volumes, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, have garnered her international fame, and she has also published several volumes of poetry. During the 1960s, she was active in the African-American political movement, and she spent several years in Ghana as editor of the African Review. She read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's inauguration. She is a professor at what university?

Last updated on Wednesday, 4th April 2007

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