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The Antarctic Treaty Is Signed

Following 18 months of successful international cooperation and research on the icy, southern continent, 12 countries signed a treaty officially designating Antarctica a non-militarized international region to be used solely for scientific purposes. Today, scientists perform research there year-round, with citizens of multiple nations working side by side. In 2006, an unusual legal situation arose when New Zealand police were unable to fully investigate what suspicious incident in Antarctica?



The Gentleman's Magazine

The word magazine once referred not to a type of periodical, but to a storehouse. Then, in 1731, Edward Cave founded The Gentleman's Magazine. Considered the first English-language magazine in the modern sense of the word, the London-based publication was a monthly "storehouse" of news and commentary. It reached a wide audience with its extensive distribution system and remained in print for nearly 200 years. What famous writer found his first writing job at the magazine?

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Dame Alicia Markova

Markova was a well-known English ballerina. She made her debut with Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924 and later became the first prima ballerina of what is now the Royal Ballet. Noted for her ethereal grace and lightness, she excelled in classic roles and was celebrated as the lead in Giselle. She formed several ballet companies with Anton Dolin and served as director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years. How old was she when she retired from dancing?

Last updated on Saturday, 1st December 2012

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