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RMS Titanic Sinks

The Titanic was a massive ocean liner that was thought to be virtually unsinkable. She was on her maiden voyage and carrying more than 2,200 passengers and crew when she struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank early the next morning. More than 1,500 people were killed as a result. In 1985, a team led by Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel located the Titanic's wreck on the ocean floor. The team made a discovery that shed light on how the ship sank; what was it?



Federico Fellini

Fellini was one of the most influential and widely revered Italian film-makers of the 20th century. His films typically combine memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire, and express a basically humanistic outlook. Filmed in color beginning with Juliet of the Spirits (1965), his movies became a celebration of life in all its beauties and grotesqueries while also exploring his wildly imaginative dream life. Four of his movies won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film; which ones?

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Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and scientist. He depicted in his drawings, with scientific precision and consummate artistry, subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures; he also executed intricate anatomical studies of people, animals, and plants. The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest minds of all time. What events in the mid 1840s drew his attention to town planning?

Last updated on Sunday, 15th April 2007

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