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Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany Invades the Soviet Union

The largest military operation of World War II, Operation Barbarossa was the codename for Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union. Named for 12th-century crusader and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, the Axis operation included more than 4.5 million troops over a 1,800-mile (2,900-km) front. Though the Red Army suffered heavy losses, Operation Barbarossa failed and marked a turning point in the war that many believe sealed the Nazis' fate. How many were killed during the operation?

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Richard Dadd

Dadd was an English painter of the Victorian era noted for his depictions of mythological and fairytale scenes rendered with obsessively minuscule detail. Most of his best-known works were created while he was incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. In 1842, during an expedition to Egypt, Dadd underwent a dramatic personality change, becoming delusional and increasingly violent, and murdered his father upon his return. His actions are now thought to have been a result of what disorder?

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Meryl Streep

Streep is widely considered one of the most respected and talented film actors of all time. Famous for her mastery of a wide variety of accents, she has become legendary for the perfectionist approach she brings to each role. Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history and won two for her roles in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice. She is also tied with Jack Nicholson for most Golden Globe Award wins. What was Streep's first starring role?

Last updated on Tuesday, 22nd June 2010

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