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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, was an ill-advised British cavalry assault on Russian forces during the Crimean War. As a result of miscommunication, British soldiers advanced on heavily armed Russian troops who thought their attackers must be drunk. Though hundreds of British soldiers were killed or injured in this battle, their commander, the Earl of Cardigan, not only survived but did what immediately after the battle?

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Manhattan's Five Points

Five Points was a notorious New York City slum centered on a five-cornered intersection in what is now Foley Square. The neighborhood, home to the infamous "gangs of New York," was created in the early 1800s after Collect Pond was filled, creating a swamp and prompting its more affluent inhabitants to move amid declining conditions. Heavily populated by free African Americans and Irish immigrants, Five Points was an early example of racial integration in the US. What form of dance emerged there?

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Richard Evelyn Byrd

A pioneer in aviation and exploration, Byrd was a member of the first expeditions to fly over the North and South Poles, undertaken in 1926 and 1929 respectively. The North Pole flight earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor and helped him secure funding for his subsequent expeditions, like the one to Antarctica two years later. From the base he established there, he went on to explore and map large areas of the continent. Why do some believe he was undeserving of the Medal of Honor?

Last updated on Friday, 25th October 2013

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