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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Planet Neptune is Discovered

Neptune is notable for being the 1st planet to be discovered by way of mathematical prediction rather than standard observation. Galileo observed Neptune twice in the early 1600s, but he mistook the planet for a fixed star and therefore is not credited with its discovery. Centuries later, small changes in Uranus' orbit led astronomers to seek out and discover the 8th and outermost planet of our solar system. Who predicted Neptune's location in the 1840s, and how accurate were the calculations?



Judith Rodin

In 1994, Rodin became the 1st female president of an Ivy League University and was, at one time, the highest paid US university president. During her tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, the school rose to 4th place in the US News & World Report college ranking. She has published more than 200 articles and chapters in academic publications and authored or co-authored 11 books. In 2000, Penn students staged a demonstration outside Rodin's office; what were they protesting?

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Augustus Caesar

Augustus Caesar was the first Emperor of Rome. Known as Octavian for the period of his life prior to 27 BCE, he came to power after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He ended a century of civil wars and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness. Although he preserved the outward form of the Roman Republic, he ruled with extraordinary powers for more than 40 years and filled the Senate with sympathizers who named him "Augustus." What was the significance of this title?

Last updated on Sunday, 23rd September 2007

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