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The British Museum Opens Its Doors

When the British Museum opened to the public in 1759, its exhibits were based largely on the collections of physician and milk chocolate inventor Sir Hans Sloane. In 1784, the museum acquired its first notable addition of antiquities, a collection of Greek and Roman artifacts belonging to the British Ambassador to Naples. Today, the museum is home to more than 13 million historical items, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. Why is ownership of the latter collection disputed?



Red Square

Red Square, located in Moscow, is one of the most famous city squares in Russia, with a rich history that is reflected in many works of art. After the square was cleared of buildings in 1493, it became Moscow's primary marketplace as well as the site for various ceremonies, proclamations, and coronations. During the Soviet era, Red Square maintained its significance and was the site of the 1945 victory parade held after the defeat of Nazi Germany. What is the origin of the name “Red Square”?

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Molière was a massively popular dramatist, director, and actor in 17th century France. His major works include Les Précieuses Ridicules, Le Misanthrope, and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Molière's genius lay in his ability to expose the hypocrisies and follies of his society through satire, and he made several political enemies by poking fun at the traditions and institutions of his day. He collapsed onstage while playing the title role in which of his plays?

Last updated on Tuesday, 15th January 2008

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