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The Great Train Wreck

The Great Train Wreck of 1918 occurred in Nashville, Tennessee, when two passenger trains collided head-on. The crash killed 101 people and injured 171, making it one of the most deadly rail accidents in US history. Many of the victims were laborers from Arkansas and Memphis traveling to work at a gunpowder plant outside of Nashville. Both trains were traveling at about 60 mph (96.5 km/h) upon impact, and the sound of the crash could be heard two miles (3.2 km) away. What caused the collision?

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Urartu

Urartu was an ancient kingdom of Armenia and the site of a sophisticated agricultural and commercial civilization noted for its advanced metalworking and stonemasonry techniques. Although it flourished from the 13th to the 7th century BCE, the kingdom eventually dissolved after repeated invasions by the Cimmerians, Scythians, and Medes. First mentioned in Assyrian records from the 13th century BCE, many scholars believe the name Urartu is a variation of what Old Testament name?

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King Hassan II of Morocco

Hassan II became chief of staff of the Moroccan army in 1957 and was crowned king in 1961, ruling until his death 1999. In 1965, political unrest in Morocco caused him to assume full executive and legislative control, and although an abortive coup led him to yield some of his powers to parliament, the rigid dictatorial period during his rule came to be known as the "Years of Lead." In the early 1970s, Hassan survived two assassination attempts. Who tried to kill him?

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