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Vladimir Lenin Dies

Lenin was a Russian revolutionary, leader of the Bolshevik party, and the first premier of the USSR. Trained as a lawyer, he turned his attention to Marxism in the 1890s and later adapted it to his own theory, Leninism. In 1917, he and his party successfully gained control of Russia and established a Soviet government. He died in 1924, and the city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad in his honor. What caused his death?




Known as the "golden city," Kanchipuram is located in India's state of Tamil Nadu. Considered an important and sacred Hindu city, it is home to over 100 Hindu temples. Several Dravidian style temples, built between the 3rd and 8th centuries, when the city was the capital of the Pallava empire and a center of Brahmanical and Buddhist culture, still survive there. Today, the city is famous for its high-quality silk saris. Kanchipuram is also said to be the home of what ancient martial art?

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Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn the game into a major spectator sport. Nicklaus won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters—a record number of wins that is as yet unmatched. Nicklaus, who was nicknamed "The Golden Bear" after his high school mascot, was known for eating what food on the golf course in order to maintain his energy?

Last updated on Thursday, 21st January 2010

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