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Liberia Gains Independence

Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa that was founded by the American Colonization Society (ACS), a controversial group of white Americans—including both slaveholders and abolitionists—who aimed to colonize Africa with freed slaves. Settled in 1822, Liberia's first colonies were run by the ACS. By the 1840s, however, the organization was facing bankruptcy and began encouraging Liberia to claim independence, a goal that was realized in 1847. Who was the first president of Liberia?

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Freenet

Still under development, Freenet is a decentralized, censorship-resistant distributed data store. It aims to provide freedom of speech through a peer-to-peer network that pools the contributed bandwidth and storage space of member computers, allowing users to anonymously publish or retrieve information. Designed to be highly survivable, it has no central servers and is not subject to the control of any one entity. According to an analysis done in 2000, what sorts of files are shared on Freenet?

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Mick Jagger

As lead singer of the British rock band the Rolling Stones, Jagger became one of rock music's biggest icons in the 1960s and 70s. Borrowing from earlier American blues artists, he helped redefine rock music and co-authored some of the genre's greatest anthems, including "Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." How did Jagger meet Stones guitarist Keith Richards?

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