" How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew! "
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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First Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a classic US thoroughbred horse race. Established in 1875, it is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is limited to three-year-old Thoroughbreds, and the track distance is 1.25 mi (2,000 m). With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up US racing's coveted Triple Crown. In front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, the inaugural derby was won by jockey Oliver Lewis riding a colt named what?



Hildegard von Bingen

A 12th-century German abbess and visionary mystic, von Bingen reportedly began experiencing visions in childhood and eventually recorded three collections of revelations. After founding a convent, she became known as the "Sibyl of the Rhine," and her advice was sought by Europe's most powerful. Her other works include a morality play, a book of saints' lives, scientific treatises, and lyrical poems set to melodies she composed. Long regarded a saint, she has never been canonized for what reason?

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Bartholomew Roberts

Now infamous as "Black Bart," Roberts was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the coasts of the Americas and West Africa in the 18th century, during the period known as the "Golden Age of Piracy." Considered the most successful pirate of the era, he is estimated to have captured more than 400 vessels in a matter of a few years—far more than some of the best-known pirates of his day, such as Blackbeard or Captain Kidd. Roberts is one of the pirate captains mentioned in what famous pirate story?

Last updated on Tuesday, 17th May 2011

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