" The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. "
Sun Tzu

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Feudalism Abolished in France

Less than a month after the storming of the Bastille, the National Assembly held a meeting in which the nobles and clergy, driven partly by fear and partly by an outburst of idealism, relinquished their manorial rights. In the course of a few hours, nobles, clergy, towns, provinces, companies, and cities lost their special privileges. Shortly afterward, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. The Assembly modeled this declaration after what US document?



Iconic Photographer, Annie Leibovitz

Throughout her childhood, Annie's family moved frequently to accommodate her father's military career. Her artistic involvement flourished in high school, but it was a visit to her family in the Philippines that sparked her passion for photography. After spending time on a kibbutz in Israel, Annie returned to the US and began photographing for Rolling Stone magazine. Her intimate portraits of celebrities helped define the magazine's look. At what age did she give birth to her first child?

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley was an English Romantic poet who penned Prometheus Unbound, Adonais, "Ode to the West Wind," "To a Skylark," and "Ozymandias." He studied at Oxford, where his collaboration on the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism led to his expulsion. Shelley married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin after his first wife, Harriet Westbrook, drowned herself in 1816. Shelley himself drowned on July 8, 1822. What was the name of the boat in which he was sailing at the time?

Last updated on Saturday, 4th August 2007

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