During the 12th century BCE, Aramaean nomads, the native speakers of Aramaic, began to settle in modern-day Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. As Aramaic grew in importance, it spread throughout the Fertile Crescent as a lingua franca, or common language, and settlers and missionaries later brought the Semitic language to parts of N Africa, Europe, Persia, India, and China. What 2004 film became a major box-office success despite the fact that most of its dialogue is spoken in ancient Aramaic?
Back in the day
Though the Bureau of Indian Affairs was given jurisdiction over trade with Native Americans and was responsible for protecting them from exploitation, it had little success safeguarding Native American rights and, instead, evolved primarily into a land-administering agency. It now acts as trustee over Native American lands and funds, promotes development, and provides Native Americans with various social services. Why is the Bureau involved in a class-action lawsuit against the US government?
Born on a day like today
Australian-American publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch established News Corporation as a holding company in 1980; it has since developed into a worldwide communications empire. Included among the many assets of Murdoch's News Corp are powerful media holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other British papers; and the New York Post, TV Guide, and HarperCollins book publishers in the United States. What is News Corp's annual revenue?