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Two Plus Four Agreement Signed in Moscow

The Two Plus Four Agreement, also known as the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany, was the final peace treaty negotiated between the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, and the Four Powers that occupied Germany at the end of WWII: France, the UK, the US, and the Soviet Union. The treaty paved the way for the German reunification, which took place on October 3. What were the treaty's terms?



Extreme Ironing

The sport of extreme ironing (or EI), in which people take an iron and ironing board to a remote location and perform the typically mundane household chore in an extreme setting, was developed by Englishman Phil Shaw in 1997. Shaw's 1999 international tour promoted the activity, which, according to the official website, is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” Why is EI now banned in England?

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Jesse Owens

Owens was an African American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Before the eyes of the Nazi leadership, who had hoped to use the games as a source of propaganda for Aryan nationalism, Owens claimed 4 gold medals and set records that lasted for more than 20 years. He later recounted, "When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus." How did Owens make a living after the Olympics?

Last updated on Wednesday, 12th September 2007

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