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Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions?



The African Meeting House

Also known as the First African Baptist Church, the African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest existing African-American church building in the US. Completed in 1806, the meeting house became a place for religious, educational, and social gatherings as well as for political and anti-slavery meetings. During the Civil War, it served as a military recruitment center. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. What purpose did it serve for much of the 20th century?

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Petrus Canisius

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer?

Last updated on Sunday, 8th May 2011

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