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Statue of Liberty's Cornerstone Is Laid

The Statue of Liberty, located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, was a gift to the US from France to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence. The statue was designed by the French sculptor F.A. Bartholdi and depicts a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. The pedestal was designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt, and its cornerstone was laid on August 5, 1885. Who served as Bartholdi's model for the Statue of Liberty?

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Hafez

Hafez was a 14th c Persian mystic and poet. His ghazals, or lyrical poems, are noted for the beautiful manner in which the themes of love, mysticism, and Sufism are presented. Much that is known about Hafez comes from legend and myth, though scholars believe he was the disciple of the Attar of Shiraz. During his lifetime, Hafez faced charges of blasphemy due to the content of his poetry; but 20 years after his death, an elaborate tomb was erected in his honor. What is inscribed on his tombstone?

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Oswaldo Cruz

Cruz was a Brazilian physician, scientist, and the founder of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, a scientific institution for research and development in biomedical sciences. As the Director General of Public Health, Cruz took strong measures to combat the bubonic plague, smallpox, and yellow fever. What happened when he tried to reinstate a law imposing mandatory smallpox vaccination?

Last updated on Sunday, 5th August 2007

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