" The fact that women in the home have shut themselves away from the thought and life of the world has done much to retard progress. We fill the world with the children of 20th century A.D. fathers and 20th century B.C. mothers. "
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Mary Surratt Arrested for Role in Lincoln Assassination

When Mary Surratt was hanged for conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln, she became the first woman executed by the US federal government. Surratt allegedly delivered items to the Surrattsville tavern that were later used to aid John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, in his escape. When prosecuted, Surratt maintained her innocence, said she knew nothing of Booth's plans, and claimed that her trips to Surrattsville were unrelated to the murder plot. What has become of the tavern?




Buzkashi is a traditional Central Asian team sport in which players on horseback try to grab the carcass of a headless goat or calf and pitch it across a goal line or into a target circle or vat. Although it is known as a popular Afghani sport, Buzkashi began as a sport of the steppes, a vast, prairie-like ecoregion of Eurasia, and remains a popular game throughout the region. Games can last for several days, and competition is fierce. How is the animal carcass prepared before a game?

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Nikita Khrushchev

In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin's death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier 5 years later. He was highly critical of Stalin's rule and oversaw many reforms. Khrushchev was regarded by his political enemies as boorish and allegedly made a habit of interrupting speakers to insult them. Before his removal from office, the Communist Party accused him of mishandling what event in 1962?

Last updated on Thursday, 17th April 2008

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