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Statue of Liberty's Cornerstone Is Laid

The Statue of Liberty, located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, was a gift to the US from France to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence. The statue, a gesture of friendship and a symbol of freedom, is visited by millions each year, but many forget that “Lady Liberty” also served as a functioning lighthouse from 1886 to 1902. Designed by French sculptor F.A. Bartholdi, the statue depicts a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. Who served as Bartholdi's model?




Completing a traditional marathon means running a staggering 26.2 mi (42 km), but each year, more than 70,000 runners worldwide tackle an even greater challenge—the ultramarathon. Ultramarathons are races that require competitors to run hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles, often while facing severe conditions like inclement weather, changes in elevation, or rugged terrain. Events can last mere hours or span several days. What extreme location hosts "The Last Desert," a 155.3 mi (250 km) race?

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Oswaldo Cruz

Cruz was a Brazilian physician, scientist, and the founder of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, a scientific institution for research and development in biomedical sciences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As the Director General of Public Health, Cruz took strong measures to combat the bubonic plague, smallpox, and yellow fever. What happened when he tried to reinstate a law imposing mandatory smallpox vaccination?

Last updated on Wednesday, 5th August 2009

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