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Washington Becomes First Elected US President

Washington, who served as commander-in-chief of the Continental army in the American Revolution, was elected the first President of the US after the adoption of the Constitution. His two-term administration was marked by the establishment of a number of key American institutions that continue to operate today. Because of his central role in the founding of the US, Washington is often called the "Father of his Country." What are five places or institutions that are named after him?

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Vertigo

Derived from a Latin phrase meaning "a condition of turning about," the term vertigo is used in medical circles to describe the sensation of spinning or swaying while the body is stationary. Usually associated with a disturbance in the inner ear balance mechanism, the brain, or nerve connections between the two, vertigo is a major symptom of a balance disorder. There are two types of vertigo: subjective and objective. What is the difference between the two?

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Joachim von Ribbentrop

Joachim von Ribbentrop was the foreign minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945, during which time he helped negotiate the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact of 1939. Having played a role in persuading the leaders of satellite countries of the Third Reich to deport Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II, Ribbentrop was found guilty of war crimes by the military tribunal at Nuremberg and hanged in 1946. What were his last words?

Last updated on Thursday, 30th April 2009

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