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Korean War Begins

After WWII, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the north and US forces occupying the south. Negotiations to reunify the two zones failed, and in 1950 the North invaded the South. US President Harry Truman ordered troops to assist South Korea, and the UN backed the mission. As UN troops advanced across North Korea, the People's Republic of China intervened, pushing them back to the original boundary at the 38th parallel. How many people were killed in the war?

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Father Divine

George Baker was a controversial African-American spiritual leader. He began preaching to poor blacks in the rural American south, moved north, and established the Peace Mission Movement in New York City in 1919. Calling himself Father Divine and claiming to be God, he attracted a large following in New York and Philadelphia. He preached communal living and racial equality and prohibited tobacco, liquor, and cosmetics. Which infamous cult leader claimed to be the reincarnation of Father Divine?

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Sidney Lumet

Lumet was an American film and television director with over 50 films to his name, three of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He began acting as a child, appearing in Yiddish productions and on Broadway. After serving in WWII, he began directing plays and teaching acting. He directed more than 200 television dramas before making his debut as a movie director in 1957 with the acclaimed Twelve Angry Men. For what did Lumet receive an Academy Award in 2005?

Last updated on Saturday, 25th June 2011

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