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President Gerald Ford Pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino

During WWII, Allied forces in the South Pacific dubbed a group of English-speaking female radio broadcasters airing Japanese propaganda "Tokyo Rose." After the war, Japanese-American radio host Iva Toguri D'Aquino was identified by the press as Tokyo Rose and was charged with and convicted of treason. In 1974, investigative journalists found that key witnesses had lied during her trial, and she was later pardoned by President Ford. What were some of the stage names she used in her broadcasts?



Dubai's Palm Islands

The economy of Dubai is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism to generate revenue and bring foreign dollars into the emirate, and the three Palm Islands were commissioned to do just that. Shaped like palm trees, these artificial islands will be the largest in the world and will house more than 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beachside villas and apartments, shopping malls, restaurants, sports facilities, and health spas. How are the complex artificial islands being constructed?

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Paul Cézanne

Cézanne was a 19th century French painter whose unique style bridges the major artistic movements of Impressionism and Cubism. His work combines impressionistic, airy painting with a degree of geometric simplification, making shape and form important aspects of the art. Cézanne's explorations of geometric forms and optical phenomena profoundly affected the development of modern art, and he is ranked among the foremost French masters. Who reportedly referred to Cézanne as “the father of us all”?

Last updated on Saturday, 19th January 2008

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