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Potsdam Conference Concludes

The Potsdam Conference was an Allied conference held in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam after Germany's surrender in World War II. Representing the US, USSR, and UK, respectively, Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill met there to discuss European peace settlements and reparations, the administration of Germany, the demarcation of Poland, the occupation of Austria, the USSR's role in eastern Europe, and the war against Japan. Who replaced Churchill during the conference?



L'Anse aux Meadows

Located on the northern tip of Newfoundland, Canada, L'Anse aux Meadows is the site of the first known European settlements in the New World. Norse settlers may have established as many as three settlements there near the end of the 10th century. After fighting each other, the settlers and the Inuit—whom the Norse called Skraeling—established a regular trade relationship, but the settlements were soon abandoned. What evidence indicates that the Norse settlers may have traveled farther south?

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Carroll O'Connor

O'Connor was an American actor who started out on the stage and appeared in a number of movies in the 1950s and 60s. He gained fame in the 70s and early 80s playing Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, winning numerous Emmy awards for his portrayal of the bigoted yet loveable blue-collar family man. He later starred as a progressive Southern sheriff on the TV show In the Heat of the Night. Which of O'Connor's relatives also had a role on that show?

Last updated on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011

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