Influenza, commonly known as â€œflu,â€ is a highly contagious viral disease that is characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and muscle pain. The word influenza stems from the Latin root influentia, meaning "influence of the stars," because before people knew that organisms cause disease, they thought that the stars influenced the spread of influenza. Between 1918 and 1919, how many people were killed in a worldwide lethal flu pandemic?
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Harrison was an American military leader, politician, and the ninth president of the US. When the 68-year-old statesman took office in 1841, he became the oldest man elected president, a record that stood for 140 years and was broken by Ronald Reagan, who was 69 years old when he took office. Harrison died just one month into his termâ€”making him the first president to die in office and making his presidency the briefest ever. According to legend, what curse had been placed on Harrison?
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Angelou is an African-American writer and performer and the author of several volumes of poetry. Her 6 autobiographical volumes, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, recount her traumatic childhood and lifelong struggles towards physical and spiritual liberation. In 1993, her work reached its largest single audience when she recited her poem â€œOn the Pulse of Morningâ€ at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. Angelou received an Emmy nomination for her role on what TV miniseries?