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Ivan the Terrible Is Tsar of Russia

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to assume the title "tsar." The early part of his reign saw modernization and peaceful reforms, but after a near-fatal illness and the death of his wife in 1560, his mental state rapidly deteriorated. His later reign was marked by extreme violence in both his personal and political life and bad decisions that led to war and famine in Russia. Why did Ivan murder his son—and only viable heir—in 1581?



Endurance Riding

Endurance riding is an equestrian sport in which horseback riders race long distances, usually 50 or 100 miles (80 or 160 km). To ensure the safety of the horses during the rides, veterinarians periodically inspect the animals and eliminate from competition any horse deemed unfit. Although any breed can compete, Arabian horses often dominate the top levels of the sport due to their natural speed and stamina. How long do winners usually take to cross the finish line in 100-mile (160-km) races?

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Aaliyah was a popular American R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Her 1996 album, One in a Million, catapulted her to international stardom with hits like "If Your Girl Only Knew." The album also fueled the careers of Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who wrote and produced it. Aaliyah died tragically at age 22 when her plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Bahamas. Which R&B star did Aaliyah secretly marry when she was 15?

Last updated on Saturday, 16th January 2010

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