" It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. "
Charlotte Bronte

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Joan of Arc Goes on Trial

Joan of Arc was a French military leader and heroine who was canonized as a saint in 1920, nearly 500 years after she was burned at the stake. Claiming to be inspired by religious visions, Joan organized the French resistance that forced the English to end their siege of Orléans in 1429 and led an army to Reims where she had the dauphin, Charles VII, crowned king. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians, she was later tried for heresy and executed. What was the "nullification trial"?



The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

Perhaps the most famous lost mine in US history, the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine is a legendary gold mine allegedly located in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. It is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz, who, in most versions of the story, was told of the mine's location as a reward for aiding a member of the Peralta mining family. Though many say the mine is a legend, some historians argue that the story has some basis in fact. Whose suspicious death sparked renewed interest in the mine?

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Jimmy Page

One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Page started his career as a highly sought-after studio guitarist in England. Under his direction, Led Zeppelin became one of the era's most successful rock groups, redefining the musical sound of the 1970s. Page has co-written many popular rock anthems, including "Stairway to Heaven," a song that has been the subject of controversy since reports that it contains a subliminal message surfaced. How does one hear the "message"?

Last updated on Friday, 9th January 2009

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