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Little Rock School Crisis Begins in the US

On this day in 1957, Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus ordered the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. This act defied the US Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the racial desegregation of public schools. President Eisenhower responded by sending federal troops to enforce integration and protect the students. How did Faubus and the Arkansas State Legislature respond to the president's actions?

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The Black Sea Deluge Theory

Although the hypothesis is actively debated by scientists, the Black Sea deluge theory posits that a catastrophic flood in about 5,600 BCE rapidly filled the Black Sea basin, inundating 60,000 sq miles (155,000 km²) of land with 10 cu miles (42 km³) of water per day during the event—or 200 times the amount that flows over Niagara Falls each day. The supposed deluge has even been connected with various great flood myths, including Noah's flood. Where did the floodwaters purportedly come from?

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François-René de Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand was a French political leader, diplomat, and writer and is considered the Father of French Romanticism. His René, an autobiographical novella and tragic love story, exemplifies the characteristically evocative language of romantic fiction. He fought with the Royalist army against Napoleon, but his military career came to an end when he was wounded and carried, half-dead, into exile in London, where he became familiar with the writings of English authors, notably whom?

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