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Emperor Yohannes Crowned in Ethiopia

One of the most popular post-Theodorean Emperors, Yohannes IV was the first to receive an imperial coronation in the city of Axum in over 200 years. In 1875, when the British refused to stop their Egyptian allies from marching into Ethiopia, he gathered his armies and met the Egyptian force at Gundat, where his strategic use of topography gave him the victory. In 1889 Yohannes was wounded by a sniper and died shortly after naming his successor. Yohannes claimed to belong to what dynasty?



László Moholy-Nagy

Moholy-Nagy was a Hungarian painter, photographer, and designer. His experiments with photograms and kinetic “light space modulators” reflect the way in which his art was influenced by constructivism, an abstractionist movement characterized by the use of industrial materials to create nonrepresentational, often geometric objects. One of his greatest contributions to modern art was his teaching, which deeply influenced American commercial and industrial design. Where did he teach in the 1920s?

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Spiridon Louis

Following the decision to revive the Olympic Games at the close of the 19th century, all eyes were on Athens, where the first modern games were held in 1896. During these games, Spiridon Louis, a water carrier, won the first Olympic marathon event and instantly became a Greek national hero. During the race, Louis stopped at an inn to drink a glass of wine before going on to overtake the other runners who collapsed from exhaustion before reaching the finish line. Why was Louis arrested in 1926?

Last updated on Saturday, 12th January 2008

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