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The Running of the First Chicago Marathon

The largest marathon in the world at that time, the first running of the Mayor Daley Marathon—now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon—drew 4,200 participants. Since then it has grown both in size and prestige. The race is now capped at 45,000 runners and is considered one of the world's most renowned marathons. The 30th anniversary running of the race was unique in several respects. For one thing, it featured a special CEO challenge, and for another, it was halted after just 3 ½ hours. Why?

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Chiptune Music

Chiptune music is created by manipulating the sound chips of the early gaming systems and microcomputers of the 1980s. Though some chiptune musicians use emulators to replicate gaming system sounds on modern computers, much chiptune music is composed—and "played" in live settings—with the original sound chips of devices like the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Game Boy, Atari, and Commodore 64. The chiptune music scene was recently the subject of what documentary?

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Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi

After Napoleon took control of Spain, Venezuelans seized the chance to revolt against Spanish rule. In 1811, Venezuela declared independence, but an earthquake in 1812 destroyed cities held by the rebels and furthered the cause of the royalists. In 1815, a pregnant Arismendi was captured—one day before her 17th birthday—by Spanish forces hoping to exert pressure on her husband, General Juan Bautista Arismendi, but she refused to renounce the revolution while imprisoned. What happened to her?

Last updated on Wednesday, 25th September 2013

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