" Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. "
Oscar Wilde

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Stanford University Officially Opens

California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15. In fact, the official name of the school is still what?



Homeric Troy

Troy was an ancient city located beside Mount Ida in northwest Anatolia. For 10 years in the 12th century BCE, it was besieged by the Greeks and finally destroyed. Centuries later, Homer described the war in his Iliad and Odyssey. German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used these works to identify the site of Troy in what is now Hisarlik, Turkey. Excavations began in 1871 and revealed several layers dating to the Bronze Age, when Troy was known as Wilusa to what people?

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Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews

Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. Who was he?

Last updated on Saturday, 1st October 2011

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