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Dust Bowl: Dust Storm Hits Great Plains

Severe drought conditions in the Great Plains region of the US coupled with decades of farming without crop rotation led to a series of devastating dust storms, called "dusters" or "black blizzards," in the 1930s that caused widespread ecological and agricultural damage. In May 1934, one of the worst storms to hit the Dust Bowl blew massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil all the way to the East Coast and dumped the equivalent of how many pounds of debris per person on Chicago, Illinois?



The Cairo Gang

The Cairo Gang was a group of British intelligence agents who were sent to Dublin during the Irish War of Independence to target prominent members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Numerous members of the Gang, along with several others, were assassinated by the IRA in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. The assassinations, and the British reprisal, took place on November 21, 1920, known today as what day?

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Frederick Russell Burnham

Burnham was an American adventurer whose outdoorsmanship helped inspire the founding of the international scout movement. He was born on an Indian reservation to a missionary family and became a horseback messenger for Western Union Telegraph Company at age 13. He began scouting and tracking at 14 and, after two decades of ranging in the Southwest and Mexico, moved to Africa to become the British army's chief of scouts during the Boer War. His tracking skills earned him what nickname in Africa?

Last updated on Tuesday, 11th May 2010

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