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HMS Dreadnought Is Launched

The HMS Dreadnought of the Royal Navy was a battleship that revolutionized naval power when it entered service in 1906. Dreadnought represented such a marked advance in naval technology that its name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the "dreadnoughts," as well as the class of ships named for it, while the generation of ships it made obsolete became known as "pre-dreadnoughts." What features made the Dreadnought so advanced?




Juggling and jogging are the two activities that, when performed simultaneously, make up the competitive sport known as joggling. Any set of three or more objects can be juggled in this sport, but most jogglers elect to use juggling balls or clubs and employ a three-ball cascade pattern, which they claim feels natural combined with the action and pace of jogging. The annual Joggling World Championships, hosted by the International Jugglers' Association, were held for the first time in what year?

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Boris Pasternak

Pasternak was a Russian author whose novel Doctor Zhivago, an epic of wandering, spiritual isolation and love amid the harshness of the revolution and its aftermath, became a bestseller in the West but was circulated only in secrecy in the Soviet Union until 1987. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, but he was forced to decline it because of Soviet opposition to his work. Why was Pasternak's name said to have been crossed off an execution list by Joseph Stalin?

Last updated on Thursday, 10th February 2011

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