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Bhumibol Adulyadej Becomes King of Thailand

A member of Thailand's Chakri dynasty, Bhumibol began his reign when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died in 1946 under mysterious circumstances. Bhumibol ruled with a regent until 1950, when he was formally crowned Rama IX. The longest-ruling monarch in Thailand's history, he also became the longest-reigning ruler in the world in 2000. Although his power is largely ceremonial, he has enjoyed great popular support and serves as a focus of national unity. Who is Bhumibol's heir apparent?



Children's Street Culture

Passed down from one generation to the next, children's street culture usually develops among urban children who are allowed to play for long periods without supervision. It impacts their value systems, the sorts of games they play, and the way they perceive their environments. Imagination is an important part of children's street culture, which research shows shares many commonalities across the globe. In what region of the US has a consistent mythology developed among homeless children?

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Les Paul

Paul began playing country music at 14, later switched to jazz, and started his own trio in 1936. Considered one of the finest jazz guitarists, he was famous for his amazing versatility. Dissatisfied with the sound of available instruments, Paul invented a solid-body electric guitar in 1941 that was marketed by Gibson and became extremely important in the development of rock music. Several versions of his prized guitars are still manufactured. What else did he invent?

Last updated on Thursday, 9th June 2011

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