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Tajikistan Gains Independence from the Soviet Union

Russia first took control of Tajik lands in the 1880s. In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Tajiks rebelled against Russian rule, and the Red Army did not retake control until 1921. Tajikistan was made an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan in 1924 and joined the USSR in 1929. In 1991, at around the time the USSR was being dissolved, the Republic of Tajikistan declared its independence. Members of what religious denomination were banned from the country in 2007?




Patience—the capacity to endure hardship, difficulty, or inconvenience without becoming annoyed or upset—is recognized as a virtue in numerous faiths. In Christianity, for example, it is accepted as one of the seven virtues that protect against the temptation of the seven deadly sins. Buddhists, meanwhile, see cultivating patience as an important step on the path to enlightenment. What did the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche write about patience in his book Human, All Too Human?

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William Bligh

Though he had a long and notable career in the British Royal Navy, Bligh is chiefly remembered for the 1787 mutiny on his ship, the HMS Bounty, during which he and those crew members who remained loyal to him were set adrift in a longboat. In a remarkable act of seamanship, with neither a map nor a compass, Bligh guided them across 3,618 mi (5,822 km) of ocean to the nearest European outpost, Timor. In the 1770s, Bligh served as the sailing master on what famous explorer's final voyage?

Last updated on Thursday, 9th September 2010

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