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Lech Walesa Leads Shipyard Strike

As leader of the trade union Solidarity, Walesa, a moderate, gained numerous concessions from the Polish authorities before his arrest and internment during the military crackdown of 1981. He was released in 1982 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later. In 1990, Walesa was elected president of Poland. He failed to win reelection in 1995 and ran again in 2000. What percentage of the vote did he receive that year?



Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, preventing them from sending impulses to the muscles. Though the intellect remains intact, the muscles soon atrophy, causing weakness, paralysis, and eventual death. National attention was brought to the disease when Lou Gehrig died of it in 1941. What percentage of ALS cases is hereditary?

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Wim Wenders

Wenders is a German filmmaker who first attracted attention with The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971), a film that introduced the themes of alienation and rootlessness that are characteristic of his works. His film Paris, Texas earned him the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1989. Wenders has also directed a number of music videos for what popular band?

Last updated on Tuesday, 14th August 2007

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