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Sally Ride Returns to Earth

Sally Ride is a former astronaut and the first American woman to reach outer space. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. Her first space shuttle flight was In 1983, when she served as a crewmember on board the Challenger. Ride later served on the panels that investigated the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. Cumulatively, how many hours has she spent in space?



James Fenimore Cooper

Cooper (1789-1851) was the first important American novelist to create a vivid myth of frontier life by drawing on the subjects and landscape of his native land, especially those of a frontier settlement near Otsego Lake, in New York. His literary career began with Precaution, which imitated the English novel of manners and was not successful; his next work, however, was a patriotic story of the American Revolution and was an immediate success. What are the Leatherstocking Tales?

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Jack Dempsey

Born in Manassa, Colorado, Dempsey was an American boxer and one of the heavyweight division's greatest champions. Nicknamed the "Manassa Mauler," he emerged from fights on saloon floors to seal his slugging reputation in his first title fight by knocking down the gigantic champion, Jess Willard, seven times in the first three minutes. Dempsey went on to fight for nearly 20 years and amassed 62 victories, with 50 knockouts. Who eventually took the title away from him?

Last updated on Sunday, 24th June 2007

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