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Los Angeles Is Founded

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra SeƱora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year?

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The Ogdoad

The Ogdoad of Egyptian mythology was a group of eight deities worshipped in ancient Hermopolis. They were arranged in four female-male pairs, with each pair representing the female and male aspects of one of four basic concepts. Together, the concepts were thought to have been the basis for the creation of the world. According to mythology, an unbalanced interaction between the four pairs resulted in the creation of a cosmic egg from which the sun god hatched. What were the four basic concepts?

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Anton Bruckner

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers?

Last updated on Tuesday, 4th September 2012

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