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Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon

In 1969, four months after the Apollo 11 mission culminated with the first moonwalk, Apollo 12 returned to the Moon with astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. The craft touched down on the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had landed there in 1967, and Conrad and Bean walked to the probe to remove some of its instruments to take back to Earth for study. What were Conrad's first words when he set foot on the lunar surface?

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Jacques Bénigne Bossuet

Bossuet was a French prelate and one of the greatest orators of all time. Ordained a priest in 1652, he gained a reputation as a popular preacher who spoke eloquently and influentially for the rights of the French church against papal authority. He is now chiefly remembered for his Funeral Orations, panegyrics he composed for important figures like Henrietta of England, her daughter, and Condé, which are considered masterpieces. Which member of the French royal family did Bossuet tutor?

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Anna Seghers

Born Netty Reiling, Seghers was a German novelist. She won fame with her first novel of social protest, The Revolt of the Fishermen, but in 1933 she was forced to leave Germany. In Mexico, she wrote The Seventh Cross, a poignant story of escape from a concentration camp. Other works include Transit and a study of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. After World War II she settled in East Berlin. Who starred in the film version of The Seventh Cross in 1944?

Last updated on Saturday, 19th November 2011

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