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The Cedar Fire Spreads in Southern California

The Cedar Fire was the second largest wildfire in the history of California. It was one of 15 fires fanned by Santa Ana Winds that ravaged Southern California during October 2003. The Cedar Fire burned 280,278 acres (1,134 km²), destroyed 2,820 buildings, and killed 15 people. The devastation caused by this fire led to several changes in the regulations for firefighting aircraft and their pilots, giving them more power in the firefighting and decision-making process. How did the fire start?

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The Daguerreotype

The daguerreotype, an early form of photograph, was invented by Louis Daguerre in the early 19th c. He collaborated with J. Nicéphore Niepce, who created the first permanent photograph, but completed the design alone following his partner's sudden death. A daguerreotype, produced on a silver-plated copper sheet, produces a mirror image photograph of the exposed scene. Daguerre's process made portrait photography possible for the first time. How did the French government describe the invention?

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Johann Strauss II

Strauss was a world-renowned Austrian composer best known for his waltzes, such as The Blue Danube. The son of a composer, he formed an orchestra in 1844 that was immediately successful and rivaled that of his father. After his father's death, Strauss merged the two orchestras and went on to compose more than 400 waltzes, bringing the Viennese waltz to a height of musical artistry and endowing it with new melodic, rhythmic, and orchestral richness. He came to be known by what nickname?

Last updated on Thursday, 25th October 2007

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