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Friedrich Nietzsche

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Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense

Paine was an Anglo-American political theorist and pamphleteer. He anticipated and helped foment the American Revolution through his powerful writings, most notably the enormously successful pamphlet Common Sense, in which he argued that the colonies had outgrown any need for English domination and should be granted independence. Paine's influence was also strongly felt during the French Revolution, and, despite the fact that he did not speak French, he was elected to what governing body?



When Mastodons Roamed the Earth

Scientists believe that mastodons, elephant-like mammals that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times, first appeared nearly 4 million years ago. Though the large, furry, prehistoric mammals resembled wooly mammoths, the two had distinctly different dental and skeletal structures. Hunting may have played a role in the extinction of the mastodon 10,000 years ago, but according to recent studies, a common disease may also be partly responsible for their demise. What disease?

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Stephen Ambrose

A professor of history and a specialist in the mid 20th century, Ambrose gained fame for his biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon as well as for his bestselling books about WWII, including Citizen Soldiers and D-Day. His works inspired a renewed interest in the sacrifices of American soldiers and their families and culminated in films such as Saving Private Ryan. In 1970 he was driven from his position at Kansas State University for doing what?

Last updated on Thursday, 10th January 2008

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