The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, it killed between one-third and half of Europe's population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what?
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When Booth, an American actor and Confederate sympathizer, learned that President Lincoln planned to attend a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater, he plotted to assassinate the President. Shortly after 10 PM, he entered the presidential box unobserved, shot Lincoln in the head, and vaulted to the stage, breaking his leg in the process and shouting "Sic semper tyrannis!" After a two-week search by the army and secret service, Booth was discovered hiding where?
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Steiger was an American actor who appeared in over 100 motion pictures. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night and was nominated for the Academy Award for his supporting role in On the Waterfront. Steiger ran away from home at age 16 to join the US Navy during WWII; later, he turned down the title role in what film because he did not want to glorify war?