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Indian Ocean Tsunami Strikes

A tsunami is a series of waves generated when a body of water is rapidly displaced on a massive scale. The deadliest tsunami in recorded history, the Indian Ocean tsunami, killed more than 200,000 people. It was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean that registered between a 9.1 and a 9.3 on the Richter scale. The disaster prompted a huge worldwide effort to help victims of the tragedy. How far down the shores of the African continent did the tsunami extend?



Amelia Earhart

After attending an air show with her father, Earhart, who had previously worked as an army nurse and social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. “Lady Lindy,” as she was dubbed by the press, became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger and as a solo pilot. In 1937, Earhart and her copilot, Frederick Noonan, attempted to fly around the world, but their plane vanished over the Pacific. What are a few of the theories surrounding the circumstances of her disappearance?

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Mao Zedong

Chairman Mao established the People's Republic of China in 1949. His Great Leap Forward was an initially successful effort to establish a system of collective farms and small industry, but it eventually led to the starvation of millions of people. Mao also launched a massive purge to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the country's institutions. The movement led to the destruction of much of China's cultural heritage and the imprisonment of many Chinese intellectuals; what was it called?

Last updated on Wednesday, 26th December 2007

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