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Florence Nightingale Sent to Nurse War Wounded

Though Nightingale's parents forbade her to practice nursing, she persevered and is now considered the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, Nightingale traveled with a group of 38 nurses to Turkey to treat the British wounded. There, they reduced the hospital death rate from 42% to 2%. Upon her return, she wrote Notes on Nursing (1860), the first nursing textbook, and founded the Nightingale Training School. In 1907, she became the first woman to receive what award?



Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was an African-American blues singer and guitarist. He got his start in the early 1940s when he moved to Chicago to become a full-time musician. There, he developed a unique style, now known as Chicago blues, in which he blended traditional Delta blues with amplified instruments like the electric guitar. His influence can be noted across a variety of musical genres and generations. What major English rock band is named after a Waters song?

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Alfred Nobel

Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite, the smokeless powder Ballistite, and an explosive gelatin more powerful than dynamite. In his last will, he left his enormous fortune in trust for the endowment of the Nobel Prizes, which continue to recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of science, literature, economics, and peace. What was the content of the prematurely published obituary that is said to have made Nobel resolve to leave a better legacy?

Last updated on Sunday, 21st October 2007

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