" There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that. "
Oscar Wilde

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Treaty of Ghent Signed

The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom. Although the treaty was signed in December, fighting continued for several weeks because it took time for news of the agreement to reach North America. In signing the accord, the Americans agreed to abandon their campaign to expand US territory north into what is today known as Canada. The treaty included certain progressive terms that called for the US to put a stop to what practices?



Man O' War

Man o' War, a large reddish-colored colt, was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. The colt raced for only 2 years, but in that short time, he won 20 out of his 21 races and set 5 world records. One of the most renowned stallions in the history of American thoroughbred racing, Man o' War went on to become a leading sire, producing more than 64 stakes winners and 200 champions. Which of his offspring was the subject of a 2003 Academy Award nominated film set during the Great Depression?

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Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. Created in 1534, the Jesuit order soon became a driving force in the movement to combat the growing power of the Protestant Reformation. In 1622, Ignatius was canonized and received the title of Saint. Order members are known for their discipline, missionary work, and commitment to education. The spirituality identified with St. Ignatius is characterized by emphasis on what principle?

Last updated on Monday, 24th December 2007

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