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Ambrose Bierce

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New London Bridge Opens

In 1831, the more than 600 year-old, fire damaged, London Bridge was replaced with a new five-arched, granite bridge. Designed by John Rennie, this bridge spanned the River Thames in London, England for over a century. In 1968, Rennie's London Bridge was purchased by American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; it has become Arizona's second-biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon. How much did McCulloch pay for the bridge?



Highland Potato Famine (1846-1857)

In 1846 Scotland's potato crops were blighted with a terrible fungal disease, and these crop failures continued for the next ten years. Though this period of Scottish history was more of an agrarian crisis than a true famine, the Highland Potato Famine had much in common with its similarly ill-timed Irish Potato Famine. Most crofters in Scotland's Highlands were utterly dependant on their potato crops for subsistence; what was the landlords' solution to the problem of starving crofters?

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Jerry Garcia

Garcia was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead. From 1965 to 1995, the group toured almost constantly, developing an intensely devoted fan base known as deadheads. Garcia also had numerous side projects, the most notable being The Jerry Garcia Band. He was involved with various acoustic projects and studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute. What popular product features designs based on his paintings?

Last updated on Wednesday, 1st August 2007

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