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Woolworth Building Opens in New York City

The 57-story Woolworth Building is one of the oldest and most famous skyscrapers in New York City. It was constructed in the neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert, who was commissioned by Frank Woolworth in 1910 to design a new corporate headquarters for his company in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. Construction cost $13.5 million, which Woolworth paid in cash. The Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world until 1930, when it was overtaken by what building?




Though they belong to a genus with roughly 50 species, most forget-me-nots are small, flat, five-petalled blue flowers with straggly stems. According to legend, the flowers received their name when a medieval knight, picking a posy for his lady by a riverside, fell into the water and drowned under the weight of his armor. As he was drowning, he threw the bouquet to his lover and shouted, "Forget me not!" Christian tradition, however, attributes the flower's name to what event?

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William I of Orange

William I of Orange was born to the House of Nassau and became prince of Orange in 1544. Though he was initially a favored page of the Spanish king, Spanish encroachments on the independence of the Netherlands and the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition led him to turn against Spain. He subsequently led the Dutch revolt that instigated the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces of the Netherlands in 1648. Why was he known as "William the Silent"?

Last updated on Friday, 24th April 2009

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