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Liberia Gains Independence

The Republic of Liberia, a country on the west coast of Africa, has recently endured two civil wars that have displaced hundreds of thousands of its citizens and destroyed the Liberian economy. The roots of modern Liberia lie in the American Colonization Society, which helped fund the return of freed slaves to the region in the 19th c. and formed the first Liberian government in the style of Western democracy. What racist concern prevented the US from officially recognizing Liberia until 1862?

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Struthiomimus: An "Ostrichosaurus"?

Struthiomimus was a long-legged, possibly feathered, ostrich-like dinosaur that lived in the area that is now Alberta, Canada, during the late Cretaceous Period, approximately 75 million years ago. With a slender neck and a toothless beak, it is believed that the bipedal dinosaur's only defenses against predators were its powerful legs, which gave Struthiomimus the ability to run rapidly, much like an ostrich. How fast was it?

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Mick Jagger

As lead singer of the British rock band the Rolling Stones, Jagger became one of rock music's biggest icons in the 1960s and 70s. Borrowing from earlier American blues artists, he helped redefine rock music and co-authored some of the genre's greatest anthems, including "Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." How did Jagger meet Stones guitarist Keith Richards?

Last updated on Saturday, 26th July 2008

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