Now found in a variety of styles, including stiletto, pump, and wedge, high heels have a history that dates back millennia. While early forms of footwear with raised heels were used for practical purposes, the entrance of high heels into fashion is thought to have begun with Catherine de' Medici, who commissioned a cobbler to create shoes that would elevate her diminutive height. High heels soon became popular for both sexes. When did high heels become associated solely with women's fashion?
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Of humble birth, Diocletian rose through the ranks of the Roman military to become a high-ranking commander. His troops proclaimed him emperor after the death of Numerian, and he became sole ruler when Carinus, Numerian's co-emperor, was murdered by his own officers. Seeking to remove the military from politics, Diocletian established a tetrarchy, or four-ruler system, appointing Maximian, Constantius I, and Galerius as co-rulers and proclaiming them all gods. Why did Diocletian abdicate in 305?
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Following his successful management of his brother's campaign for the presidency, Robert Kennedy served as US attorney general and was John F. Kennedy's closest adviser, exerting considerable influence on the nation's domestic and foreign affairs. He later won election to the US Senate and, in 1968, announced his intention to run for president. After winning the California Democratic primary in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he was assassinated. Who shot him?