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Steamboat Sultana Sinks

The steamboat Sultana was a Mississippi River paddle-wheeler destroyed when one of its boilers exploded near Memphis, Tennessee. The greatest maritime disaster in US history, an estimated 1,800 of its 2,400 passengers, many of whom were Union soldiers who had just been released from Confederate prison camps, were killed when it sank. Bodies of the victims continued to be found downriver for months, yet the disaster received somewhat diminished attention since it occurred soon after what?




A portmanteau of "hack" and "activism," hacktivism is the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools such as website defacement or parodies, redirects, information theft, and virtual sit-ins to achieve political ends. Acts of hacktivism are often conducted in the belief that they will have effects similar to that of regular activism or civil disobedience, but critics contend that cyber-attacks are a destructive form of protest. What is the earliest known instance of hacktivism?

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Adamantios Korais

Korais was a Greek scholar whose advocacy of a revived classicism greatly influenced Greek language and culture. Through his writings, he hoped to awaken national aspirations in his countrymen and increase awareness of their heritage. One of his greatest achievements was his creation of a new Greek literary language, which he accomplished by joining elements of vernacular and Classical Greek in the first Modern Greek dictionary, Atakta. To which historic figures has Korais been compared?

Last updated on Tuesday, 27th April 2010

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