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Czechoslovakia Gains Independence

The creation of Czechoslovakia was the culmination of the long struggle of the Czechs against their Austrian rulers. Benefiting from a liberal, democratic constitution and the inheritance of the bulk of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's industry, the new republic appeared to have a bright future. With its antagonistic and nationalistic ethnic elements, however, the new state was far from being a stable unit. How did the nationality problem lead to a European crisis on the eve of WWII?



Amala and Kamala

Amala and Kamala were two so-called "wolf-girls"—feral children allegedly raised by a family of wolves before being found in 1920 near Calcutta, India, at eight and 18 months old, respectively. They were taken in by the rector of a local orphanage, who documented his observations of them in a diary for almost 10 years and claimed that, like wolves, the girls were nocturnal, did not allow themselves to be dressed, and walked on all fours. What other wolfish behaviors did they allegedly display?

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Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone is the president and CEO of Formula One (F1) Management and F1 Administration. Originally a racer, he gave up the sport after an accident in 1951, later returning as a manager and, eventually, a team owner. In the 1970s, he negotiated broadcasting rights with major TV networks that helped market the sport worldwide. In 2004, his home became the most expensive house ever sold when a steel magnate bought it for how much?

Last updated on Tuesday, 28th October 2008

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