" The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. "
P. G. Wodehouse

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Women's Rights Convention Opens in Seneca Falls, NY

This two-day event was the first women's rights convention held in the US and is often cited as the birthplace of the feminist movement. At the conference, women issued a call for the US government to grant them equal rights, including the right to vote and to maintain custody of children after divorce. Though the first session was intended to be for women only, men who came were not turned away. The US Declaration of Independence served as a model for what document issued at the convention?



Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator, or Ulaanbaator, is the capital of the Republic of Mongolia. Founded in 1649 as a monastery town, today it is the junction point of the country's major roads and caravan routes; it lies on the Trans-Siberian RR, linking Russia with Beijing. The city is home to a library of ancient Mongolian, Chinese, and Tibetan manuscripts. The 1904 British expedition to Tibet prompted the Dalai Lama to leave Lhasa for Ulan Bator, where he remained for 4 years. In whose honor was Ulaanbaator named?

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Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden, a New England spinster, was tried for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in the late 19th cent. Though she was acquitted, the trial stirred pubic interest, and she was widely believed to be guilty. No one else was ever tried, and Borden was ostracized until her death in 1927. The case's notoriety has endured in American pop culture and is still referenced today. What popular poem helped perpetuate the idea that Borden was guilty?

Last updated on Thursday, 19th July 2007

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