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Bulgaria's Independence Recognized

Bulgaria was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in 1396, but Turkish rule was often oppressive, and rebellions were frequent. In 1908, as the revolution in Turkey gained momentum, Prince Ferdinand declared Bulgaria an independent state and named himself czar. Bulgaria was victorious against Turkey in the 1st Balkan War, but faced defeat in the 2nd and surrendered a large part of Macedonia. During WWII, Bulgaria was one of two countries to defy the Nazis in what way?



Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) is a hand game, often played by children, that is used as a selection method similar to drawing straws. Though seemingly random, an experienced and attentive player can sometimes recognize the behavior patterns of other players and use this knowledge to his advantage. The game involves 3 hand gestures, each representing rock, paper, or scissors. Each gesture beats one of the other two. In 2006, US Federal Judge Gregory Presnell used RPS to settle a court dispute; how?

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Ben Chifley

Chifley was the 16th Prime Minister of Australia and one of its most influential leaders. His career in politics began with his participation in the founding of the Australian engine drivers' union and his active membership in the Labor Party. Throughout the Great Depression and WWII, he oversaw numerous reforms in the fields of immigration, citizenship, social security, and intelligence gathering. One of the few successful referenda to modify what document took place during his term?

Last updated on Saturday, 22nd September 2007

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