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Nicholas II Becomes Tsar of Russia

Nicholas II of Russia was the last Emperor of Russia and Grand Duke of Poland. Ruling until his forced abdication in 1917, Nicholas proved unequal to the combined tasks of managing a country in political turmoil and commanding its army in the largest international war to date, WWI. Bolsheviks executed Nicholas and his family, fearing he would be liberated through a counterrevolutionary advance during the Russian Revolution. What famous mystic was involved in the court's affairs?



Hickam Air Force Base

Hickam Air Force Base is a US Air Force base located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 2,850 acres (12 km²) of land. It boasts facilities valued at more than $444 million. During WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars, it served as a major center for training pilots and assembling aircraft. The base supported flights to and from the forward areas, which earned it the nickname "America's Bridge Across the Pacific." How many people lived on the base in 2000?

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Miles Davis

Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie Parker's bebop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz from 1949 to 1950, led many small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock music in the 1970s and 80s. His trumpet and flugelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and marked by a brilliant use of mutes. When did he begin playing?

Last updated on Saturday, 26th May 2007

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