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Boris Yeltsin Orders Tanks to Storm Russian Parliament Building

During the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993, Boris Yeltsin attempted to dissolve the Russian Parliament, which responded by voting to impeach him and appointing its own acting president. Yeltsin countered public demonstrations by sending tanks into the streets to disperse crowds and force the legislature's capitulation. Within days, 187 people were killed, and the parliament building was partially destroyed. Yeltsin's victory can be attributed to support from what institutions?



Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan is a mythical lumberjack and American folk hero known for his incredible strength and massive size. His oversized companion, Babe the Blue Ox, reportedly measured 42 ax handles and a plug of tobacco between his horns. The first newspaper article about Bunyan was published in 1906, and later pamphlets by William Laughead popularized the Paul Bunyan story and added to the myth. How do these legends account for the creation of the Grand Canyon, Mount Hood, and Minnesota's 10,000 lakes?

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Buster Keaton

Keaton was one of silent cinema's greatest actors and filmmakers. The acrobatic skill and deadpan expression that characterized his comedic style emerged from his days in vaudeville, and at the height of his career, he rivaled fellow comic actor Charlie Chaplin in popularity. Though Keaton is remembered mainly for his early roles in silent films such as The General, he made a comeback as a supporting actor with a cameo appearance in what Academy Award-winning, 1950 film noir?

Last updated on Thursday, 4th October 2007

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