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Chinese Communist Army Begins the Long March

The Long March was a crucial event in the rise of the Chinese Communist state. Facing annihilation from Chang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) Army, the Communists, led by Mao Zedong, retreated some 6,000 mi (9,660 km) in 370 days. Though the Long March was technically a tactical defeat, it allowed the Communists to avoid destruction. Mao's forces later regrouped and defeated the KMT after WWII. What were the Eight Points of Attention followed by the soldiers during the Long March?

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Déjà vu

A French term meaning "already seen," déjà vu refers to the feeling that something encountered for the first time is eerily familiar and has in fact been seen before. Although dreams, reincarnation, parallel universes, and out-of-body travel have been invoked to explain the phenomenon, it is most likely due to an anomaly of memory which creates the impression that an experience is being recalled. Which two pharmaceutical drugs have been reported to induce déjà vu when taken together?

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David Ben-Gurion

Ben-Gurion was a statesman and one of the founders of the state of Israel. Born in Russian Poland, he witnessed the persecution of the minority Jewish population and vowed to work toward an independent Jewish state. A founder and leader of the Mapai labor party and an early leader of the trade union Histadrut, he became the first prime minister of the state of Israel. What was Ben-Gurion's stance on the King David hotel bombing perpetrated by the Irgun Zionist group?

Last updated on Thursday, 16th October 2008

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