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Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón

The Treaty of Ancón ended Peru's involvement in the late 19th-century War of the Pacific, fought between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru. Victorious, Chile annexed the former Peruvian province of Tarapacá and gained substantial mineral-rich territories, leaving Bolivia without access to the sea. The loss of the war remains an emotional issue for many Bolivians who attribute their country's problems to its landlocked condition. What novel technology was employed during the war?



The Vasa

Still cited as a classic folly, the Vasa is a Swedish warship that sank only a mile into its maiden voyage in 1628. The first and grandest of five ships built to express Sweden's expansionist aspirations, the ship featured hundreds of sculptures whose weight likely hampered its stability. Remarkably well preserved, the ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961 and restored. What anachronistic artifact did pranksters allegedly put in the submerged ship days before the salvage?

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Béla Lugosi

Lugosi, a Hungarian-born US actor, is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the Broadway stage production and subsequent film of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. He appeared in the 1931 film version wearing minimal makeup and using his natural, heavily accented voice. Following this memorable performance, Lugosi found himself frequently typecast as a horror film villain. When Lugosi died in 1956, his son and fifth wife decided to bury him wearing what part of his Dracula costume?

Last updated on Tuesday, 20th October 2009

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