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China: Government Sends Troops to Tiananmen Square

In April 1989, Chinese students gathered in Tiananmen Square to demand democratic reform. The demonstrators were joined by workers, intellectuals, and civil servants, until over a million people filled the square and martial law was declared. The protesters demanded that the leadership resign, and the government answered, on June 3, with troops and tanks, killing thousands to quell a "counterrevolutionary rebellion." What happened in the aftermath of these events?




Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland. Situated on the Lake of Geneva and divided by the Rhône River, it became a focal point of the Reformation when John Calvin arrived there in 1536, after the city expelled its bishop. The city's intellectual life reached its zenith in the 18th century, when the stern theocracy of Calvin had mellowed into patrician rule and Voltaire and Rousseau were among the city's residents. What important international organizations are headquartered there?

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Jefferson Davis

Davis was the only President of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He served in both houses of the US Congress, fought in the Mexican War as colonel of a volunteer regiment, and was elected President in 1862. Originally hopeful of a military rather than a civil command in the Confederacy, he closely managed the army and was involved in many disagreements with the Confederate generals. Davis was briefly married to the daughter of what US president?

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