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Battle of Amiens Ends

The Battle of Amiens was the opening phase of the Allied offensive that ultimately led to the end of WWI. By the end of the first day, Allied forces had pushed approximately seven miles into enemy territory, making one of the greatest advances of the war. The battle marked the end of trench warfare on the Western Front and the return to mobile warfare, which would prevail until the armistice was signed on November 11. How did German general Erich Ludendorff describe the first day of the battle?



The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is a 200-year-old competition held annually in the Cotswolds region of England. Drawing both local and international participants, the race begins when a round of Double Gloucester cheese is set loose at the top of a steep hill. Competitors dash after it, risking sprained ankles, broken bones, and concussions in the chase. Even spectators risk injury, as the cheese reaches speeds of 70 mph (113 km/h). What does the first person over the finish line win?

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Eiji Yoshikawa

Yoshikawa was a Japanese historical novelist and was among the most famous authors of that genre. Despite the fact that many of his novels are actually revisions of past works, Yoshikawa was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit in 1960 and the Mainichi Art Award just before his death two years later. He is credited with renewing Japan's interest in its history. How many pen names did he use before settling on Eiji Yoshikawa?

Last updated on Tuesday, 11th August 2009

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