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Ivan the Terrible Is Tsar of Russia

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to assume the title tsar. The early part of his reign saw modernization and peaceful reforms, but after a near-fatal illness and the death of his wife around the 1550s, his mental state rapidly deteriorated. His later reign was marked by extreme violence in both his personal and political life and bad decisions that led to war and famine in Russia. How did Ivan cause the death of his son and heir, also named Ivan?

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Terezín

The fortress of Terezín was constructed in the late 18th century in what is now the Czech Republic. In the early 1900s, it held famed prisoner Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated the Archduke of Austria, causing the outbreak of WWI. The Nazis took control of Terezín in 1940 and quickly turned it into concentration camp called Theresienstadt. The camp was presented to the outside world as a model Jewish settlement, but of the approximately 144,000 Jews sent to Theresienstadt, how many survived?

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Aaliyah

Aaliyah was a popular American R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Her 1996 album, "One in a Million," catapulted her to international stardom with hits like "If Your Girl Only Knew." The album also fueled the careers of Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who wrote and produced it. Aaliyah died tragically at age 22 when her plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Bahamas. What did investigations into the crash reveal?

Last updated on Wednesday, 16th January 2008

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