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Emperor Yohannes Crowned in Ethiopia

One of the most popular post-Theodorean Emperors, Yohannes IV was the first to receive an imperial coronation in the city of Axum in over 200 years. In 1875, when the British refused to stop their Egyptian allies from marching into Ethiopia, he gathered his armies and met the Egyptian force at Gundat, where his strategic use of topography gave him the victory. In 1889 Yohannes was wounded by a sniper and died shortly after naming his successor. Yohannes claimed to belong to what dynasty?



3D Computer Graphics

Though a computer monitor's display is a two-dimensional plane, 3D computer graphics programs can produce images of objects that appear to be three dimensional. Creating 3D graphics is typically a three step process. First, the object's shape is described in a process called modeling; then designers determine the object's motion and placement within a scene; and, lastly, the model is given its final appearance in a process called rendering. Who coined the term "computer graphics" in 1960?

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Spiridon Louis

Following the decision to revive the Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century, all eyes were on Athens, where the first modern games were held in 1896. Spiridon Louis, a Greek water carrier, won the first Olympic marathon event of the games and instantly became a national hero. During the race, Louis stopped at an inn to drink a glass of wine, but he later overtook his competitors, many of whom had collapsed from exhaustion. Why was the third place finisher disqualified from the race?

Last updated on Monday, 12th January 2009

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