" I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. "
Emily Bronte

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Iraq Invades Kuwait

Hours after Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait, the UN Security Council, partially motivated by a desire to protect Saudi Arabia and its valuable oil fields, passed Resolution 660, condemning the invasion and demanding a withdrawal of Iraqi troops. A few months later, UN Resolution 678 set a January 15, 1991, deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces, but Hussein did not meet it. How many days after the deadline did the US attack?



Dulce De Leche

Dulce de leche, Spanish for "milk candy," is a syrup prepared by slowly heating milk and sugar to create a product similar to caramel. Found as both a sauce and a caramel-like candy, it is used to flavor sweet foods such as cakes, cookies, ice cream, and flan. Though dulce de leche is especially popular in Latin American countries, many trace its origin to a similar French dish, confiture de lait. What stories are told to explain how it was first made?

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James Baldwin

Baldwin was a groundbreaking African-American author best known for his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. He dealt with social taboos such as racism and homosexuality at a time when mainstream literature largely ignored them. In 1948, he left America to live in Europe for an extended period and, upon his return, he became actively involved in the civil rights movement. Who inspired and supported Baldwin's writing when he was young?

Last updated on Sunday, 2nd August 2009

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