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Opha Mae Johnson Becomes First Woman to Enlist in the US Marine Corps

During WWI, the US Secretary of the Navy decided to allow women to join the Marine Corps Reserve so that they could take over clerical duties being performed at the time by battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas. Johnson, who was 18 at the time, was the first woman to enlist. It would be another 25 years before the Marines began letting women fill non-clerical positions like parachute rigger, mechanic, and cryptographer. When were female Marines finally allowed to serve in active combat?



The Atharvaveda

The oldest scriptures of Hinduism and the most ancient religious texts in an Indo-European language, the Veda consists of four types of literature. Most important are the four Samhitas, which are the basic Vedas. The fourth Samhita, the Atharvaveda, was written at a later period and included in the canon only after a long struggle. Influenced by popular religion, it included spells and incantations for the practice of magic. What some of the purposes of the spells?

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Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock was a six-time Academy Award-nominated English-American filmmaker who directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. A master of the suspense thriller, he developed a style that is so distinctive that any filmmaker working in the suspense genre invariably risks comparison to him. He was one of the best known directors of his time, often making humorous cameo appearances in his own films. Hitchcock was also known for his use of MacGuffins, which are what?

Last updated on Saturday, 13th August 2011

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