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Douglas Hyde Elected 1st President of Ireland

Hyde was an Irish scholar and political leader. He was largely responsible for the revival of the Irish language and literature through his founding of the Gaelic League in 1893. After teaching modern Irish for many years, Hyde became the president of Ireland, or Eire (1938-1945). Known by his Gaelic name, An Craoibhin Aoibhinn, he was the author of many works, including a Literary History of Ireland and Love Songs of Connacht. In what other five languages was Hyde fluent?

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Medicine Man

As far back as Paleolithic times, Native Americans and other traditional peoples have believed the medicine man to be in possession of supernatural healing powers, such as the ability to inflict pain, promote fertility, and secure good hunting and fishing. Many Native Americans regarded illness as resulting from the entry of malignancy into the body; accordingly, their medicine men try to cast out the illness using ritual techniques such as bloodletting, the application of herbs, and what else?

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Carly Simon

Carly Simon is an American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter boom. She is the recipient of multiple Grammy awards, as well as an Oscar for her song "Let the River Run," from the movie Working Girl. Her most famous song, "You're So Vain," a sarcastic profile of a self-absorbed lover, was a number one hit and spawned a huge debate as to who inspired the lyrics. Who was Carly's father, and why was he famous?

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