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The Boy Scouts of America Is Founded

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), founded in 1910, is the largest youth organization in the US. Scouts are taught outdoorsmanship through participation in camping, aquatic, and hiking activities. These programs are designed to build character, promote fitness, and encourage good citizenship. Scouts advance in rank by completing projects and showing leadership, and they receive recognition in the form of merit badges and awards. How many of the 12 men to walk on the moon were Scouts?



Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne is a complex of Neolithic chamber tombs, standing stones, henges, and prehistoric enclosures located at a wide bend in the River Boyne in Ireland. Among its most well-known sections are the passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, which possess significant collections of megalithic art. A World Heritage site, it was also used for Iron Age burials and was eventually settled by the Normans in the Middle Ages. What famous battle was fought in the area?

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Afonso IV of Portugal

Afonso IV, known as "the Brave," was king of Portugal from 1325 until his death in 1357. A soldier and general, he fought several wars against Castile and the Moors and engaged in much political intrigue. Afonso's most important contribution as king was, perhaps, his strengthening of the Portuguese navy, which later became a formidable power in overseas exploration and trade. He is, however, best remembered for ordering whose murder in 1355?

Last updated on Monday, 8th February 2010

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