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Iran Releases 52 American Hostages

On November 4, 1979, Iranian students calling themselves the "Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line" seized the US embassy in Tehran and took 66 Americans hostage. Tensions between the US and Iran had intensified following the CIA-backed removal of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953, and the students justified the hostage-taking by calling it an act of retaliation. After 444 days, the 52 remaining hostages were released. What was the "Canadian Caper"?

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The Day After Roswell

In his book The Day After Roswell, US Army Lt. Colonel Philip Corso claims he participated in the study of extraterrestrial technology recovered from the alleged 1947 Roswell UFO crash. According to Corso, the reverse engineering of these artifacts indirectly led to the development of accelerated particle beam devices, fiber optics, lasers, integrated circuit chips, and Kevlar. However, many of Corso's claims have been challenged by other UFO researchers. Who were the "Majestic 12"?

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Ashikaga Yoshimasa

Yoshimasa, eighth shogun of the Japanese Ashikaga shogunate, began his 24-year reign in 1449. Japan's Higashiyama culture, a tradition inspired by the ideals of Zen Buddhism and the concept of beauty in simplicity, flourished during his reign; and much of what is commonly seen today as traditional Japanese culture—the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and ink painting—developed in this period. In 1489, Yoshimasa built what is today one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto. What is it?

Last updated on Tuesday, 20th January 2009

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