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John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hold Their First Bed-In for Peace

Five days after John Lennon of the Beatles married the Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, the couple held the first of two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace as a non-violent way of protesting war and promoting peace. For the first Bed-In, the couple invited members of the press into their Amsterdam hotel room and then sat in bed and talked about peace. Months later, they held their second Bed-In in Montreal. What hit song did they record during the second Bed-In?

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Twelvers

Shi'ism is the second largest denomination of Islam after Sunnism, and within Shi'ism, Twelvers, or Ithna 'Ashariyyah, form the largest school. Twelvers derive their name from their belief in a succession of 12 divinely ordained leaders—imams—beginning with Ali ibn Abu Talib, the fourth caliph and son-in-law of Muhammad. The last of these 12 imams was Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Hujjah, who disappeared in 873 is thought by believers to be alive, hidden by God. When is he expected to reappear?

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Béla Bartók

Bartók was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, and collector of folk music. In 1904, having discovered that the folk-music repertory generally accepted as Hungarian was in fact largely urban Roma—Gypsy—music, he set about researching Hungarian folk music. He worked folk themes and rhythms into his own music, achieving a style that was at once nationalistic and deeply personal. What surprising discoveries did he make in his study of folk music?

Last updated on Friday, 25th March 2011

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