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Battle of Yorktown

The Battle of Yorktown took place during the Peninsular Campaign of the American Civil War, a Union offensive aimed at capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The battle began when Union forces, under the command of Major General George McClellan, encountered enemy troops near Yorktown. Though the Union forces initially outnumbered the Confederate troops by a ratio of 10 to 1, they failed to exploit this weakness and instead laid siege to the city; why?




Karaoke, a form of entertainment in which amateur performers sing songs using pre-recorded music, was popularized by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in the 1970s. Inoue invented a coin-operated music player in 1971 after fans requested recordings of his performances—they wanted to sing along with the music on a company retreat. He never patented the karaoke technology and thus forfeited a potential fortune. Which country recently banned karaoke bars in an effort to "crush enemy scheming"?

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Spencer Tracy

Tracy began his acting career in the theater, but he is now recognized as a Hollywood icon and one of the most versatile performers in motion picture history. He won his first film role in 1930, and within 5 years, he had appeared in more than 25 films. He earned 9 Oscar nominations for Best Actor and won twice for his work in Captains Courageous and Boys' Town. He and Katharine Hepburn were a delightful on-screen team and often worked together. How many films did the pair make?

Last updated on Saturday, 5th April 2008

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