" The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself. "
Virginia Woolf

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Boris Yeltsin Orders Tanks to Storm Russian Parliament

During the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993, Boris Yeltsin attempted to dissolve the Russian Parliament, which responded by voting to impeach him and appointing its own acting president. Yeltsin countered public demonstrations by sending tanks into the streets to disperse crowds and force the legislature's capitulation. Within days, 187 people were killed, and the parliament building was partially destroyed. Yeltsin's victory can be attributed to support from what institutions?




Ebola, the virus group responsible for an often fatal hemorrhagic fever, emerged in Africa in the 1970s and was named for a river near the site of the first recognized outbreak. With mortality rates as high as 90%, Ebola hemorrhagic fever encompasses a range of symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes internal and external bleeding, and has no approved vaccine or treatment. Although the carrier is still unknown, what animal is thought to be the most likely reservoir of the disease?

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Buster Keaton

Keaton was one of silent cinema's greatest actors and filmmakers. The acrobatic skill and deadpan expression that characterized his comedic style emerged from his days in vaudeville, and at the height of his career, he rivaled fellow comic actor Charlie Chaplin in popularity. Though Keaton is remembered mainly for his early roles in silent films such as The General, he made a comeback as a supporting actor with a cameo appearance in what Academy Award-winning, 1950 film noir?

Last updated on Saturday, 4th October 2008

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