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Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat

Called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement" by the US Congress, Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist who became famous in 1955 for refusing to vacate her seat on a municipal bus for a white man. This act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which launched Martin Luther King, Jr., into prominence and became one of the largest and most successful movements against racial segregation. How many thousands of commuters took part in the boycott?




Netsuke are tiny carved figurines used to secure the cord of a purse or container to the sash of a kimono. Carved by Japanese artists from materials such as ivory and wood, netsuke reflect many aspects of Japan's culture, with some representing simple objects and others depicting entire scenes from history and folklore. First invented in the 17th century, the practical yet artistic items are still produced today. Why did the Japanese need to attach containers to their robes in the first place?

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Woody Allen

Allen is an American actor, writer, and director. He began his career writing for television comedians and performing in nightclubs. His early film comedies, such as Sleeper and Annie Hall, often depict neurotic urban characters preoccupied with sex, death, and psychiatry. Much of Allen's later work in comedy and drama explores these themes as well as the various other preoccupations of sophisticated New Yorkers. How many Academy Award nominations has Allen received?

Last updated on Tuesday, 1st December 2009

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