" It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity. "
Alexander Hamilton

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Harriet Quimby Flies over English Channel

In 1911, Harriet Quimby earned the first US pilot's license issued to a woman. Less than a year later, Quimby flew across the English Channel, becoming the first woman to do so. She continued flying until her tragic death in 1912, when she was tossed from her airplane after it unexpectedly pitched forward. Despite the importance of her flight over the English Channel, the event barely made the newspapers at the time because it was eclipsed by what major event?



Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a non-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel in Washington, DC. The competition is open to the winners of sponsored regional spelling bees held mostly throughout the US. Jody-Anne Maxwell is to date the only person from outside the US to have won the contest. What country did Maxwell represent at the competition?

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Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era: he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Merging physical grace and disrespect for authority, he created a signature character, the Little Tramp, who wore a gentlemen's derby, carried a cane, and sported a toothbrush mustache. The Little Tramp's baggy trousers and oversized shoes contributed to his unique, bow-legged dance-walk. How did Chaplin's political leanings affect his career?

Last updated on Monday, 16th April 2007

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