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Bob Marley Succumbs to Cancer at Age 36

Born in a small Jamaican village and raised in the slums of Kingston's Trenchtown, Marley overcame tremendous hardship to become a groundbreaking singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He propelled reggae to worldwide popularity, creating music that reflects his commitment to nonviolence and the Rastafarian religion. In 1975, Marley released "No Woman, No Cry," a song that brought him international success. Marley was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 but refused the recommended medical treatment. Why?



The Ancient Olympic Games

Held in Olympia, Greece, from 776 BCE to 393 CE, the Olympic Games were a series of athletic competitions between various city-states. Originally, the games were comprised of just one event: the stadion race, a short sprint of about 624 ft (190 m), or the length of the stadium. Eventually, other events were added, including wrestling, chariot racing, a pentathlon, and the hoplitodromos, a race participants ran wearing heavy armor. What did competitors wear during other events?

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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Carpeaux was a French sculptor and painter who studied under Francois Rude. After winning the Prix de Rome in 1854, he moved there and studied the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Verrocchio, obtaining a taste for movement and spontaneity, which he joined with the great principles of baroque art. In 1861, he made a bust of Princess Mathilde, which brought him several commissions from Napoleon III. His controversial sculpture, La Danse, is on the facade of what building in Paris?

Last updated on Monday, 11th May 2009

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