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John Quincy Adams

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John Wilkes Booth Shoots Lincoln

Booth was an American actor and Confederate sympathizer who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, during a performance of Our American Cousin. Shortly after 10 PM on April 14, 1865, Booth slipped into the presidential box unobserved, shot Lincoln in the head, and vaulted to the stage, breaking his leg in the process. According to witnesses, he then shouted "Sic semper tyrannis," Virginia's state motto. What does the Latin phrase mean?



The Blue Whale

Perhaps the largest animal to have ever lived, the blue whale can grow to be 100 ft (30.5 m) long and weigh as much as 200 tons. It eats as much as 4 tons of krill a day, and its massive mouth can hold up to 100 tons of food and water, but its throat restricts the passage of anything wider than a beach ball. Once abundant, it was nearly hunted to extinction before being placed under the protection of the international community in 1966. What is the blue whale's only natural predator?

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Rod Steiger

Steiger was an American actor who appeared in over 100 motion pictures. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in On the Waterfront. Steiger ran away from home at age 16 to join the US Navy during World War II, but later, his refusal to glorify war led him to turn down the title role in what film?

Last updated on Tuesday, 14th April 2009

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