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William Henry Harrison Dies of Pneumonia

Harrison was an American military leader, politician, and the ninth president of the US. When the 68-year-old statesman took office in 1841, he became the oldest man elected president, a record that stood for 140 years and was broken by Ronald Reagan, who was 69 years old when he took office. Harrison died just one month into his term—making him the first president to die in office and making his presidency the briefest ever. According to legend, what curse had been placed on Harrison?



Shrine of the Book

The Shrine of the Book is the wing of Jerusalem's Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of ancient documents found between 1947 and 1956 in caves on the Dead Sea's northwest shore, at Qumran. Funded by the family of David Samuel Gottesman, a philanthropist who purchased the scrolls as a gift to Israel, the shrine features an unusual white dome that covers an underground structure. How does the museum ensure that the fragile scrolls survive the rigors of being displayed?

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Maya Angelou

Angelou is an African-American writer and performer and the author of several volumes of poetry. Her six autobiographical volumes, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, recount her traumatic childhood and explore themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. In 1993, she gained widespread fame when she recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. Why did Angelou refuse to celebrate her birthday for many years?

Last updated on Saturday, 4th April 2009

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