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J. Edgar Hoover Appointed Director of FBI

As FBI director from 1924 until his death in 1972, Hoover built a more efficient crime-fighting agency and established a centralized fingerprint file, a crime laboratory, and a training school for police. After World War II, he turned to the perceived threat of Communist subversion with a focus that his many critics considered obsessive. It has been verified that he orchestrated systematic harassment of political dissenters and activists, including what celebrated civil-rights leader?



The Nommo

The Nommo are ancestral spirits worshipped by the Dogon tribe of Mali. Recognized by the Dogon as the first living beings, they are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. The Nommo bear resemblance to several mythical beings from other cultures, and there are parallels between their story and that of Jesus. What details about Nommo mythology—which have since led to controversy—were reportedly revealed to two French anthropologists by the Dogon in the 1940s?

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David O. Selznick

David "Oliver" Selznick was an iconic producer who worked during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He was employed by several Hollywood studios before founding his own Selznick International Pictures in 1936. He is best known for producing the epic blockbuster Gone with the Wind (1939), which earned him an Oscar for Best Picture. Selznick won the Irving G. Thalberg award that same year and made film history the next year, when he won a second consecutive Best Picture Oscar for what film?

Last updated on Sunday, 10th May 2009

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