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Terrorist Bombings in London

On July 7, 2005, four bombs struck the London public transportation system during the morning rush hour, killing 56 people, including four of the perpetrators, and injuring 700. The incident was the deadliest single act of terrorism in the United Kingdom since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. A group called "Al Qaeda in Europe" claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombings roughly coincided with what six contextually significant events?



The Ark of the Covenant

According to the biblical account, the Ark of the Covenant was an ornate, gold-plated wooden chest that was built at the command of God to house the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. The Ark was carried by the Hebrews in the wilderness and later placed in the Temple of Jerusalem. It is believed to have been captured when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and its subsequent fate is unknown. What are some theories about its current location?

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Marc Chagall

Chagall was a Belarusian painter often considered a forerunner of the surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1906 and soon began assimilating elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. Inspired by Russian folk-life, he was fond of animal and flower symbols and portrayed many biblical themes reflecting his Jewish heritage. Among his works are two murals designed for the New York City Metropolitan Opera House. What popular musicians have been inspired by Chagall's work?

Last updated on Wednesday, 8th July 2009

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