" I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery. "
Booker T. Washington

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Daredevil Sam Patch's Final, Fatal Stunt

Patch, a one-time mill worker, made a name for himself as a stunt diver in the late 1920s, most famously by leaping from a 125-ft (38-m) ladder into the Niagara River near the base of Niagara Falls not once but twice. Less than a month later, he made another 125-ft jump, ironically billed as "Sam's Last Jump," this time into the Genesee River. With thousands watching, the daredevil leapt to his death. In his first Genesee stunt the week before, what did Patch send over the ledge before jumping?



Eid ul-Fitr

Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. When Ramadan ends, they celebrate its conclusion with the three-day holiday Eid ul-Fitr, or simply Eid. After communities gather to pray, people put on new clothes, children are given presents, and everyone visits relatives and friends. It is the time when everyone asks pardon for all the wrongs of the past year. Under the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid can fall in any season of the year. What is the common Eid greeting?

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Johann Eck

Eck, a German Catholic theologian, was initially friendly with Martin Luther but did not hesitate to condemn Luther's 95 Theses—which criticized papal policy—as heretical. Known for his dialectic skill, he publicly confronted Luther in 1519, and then went to Rome and returned with a papal bull condemning Luther. From then on, he was a leader in the struggle against the reforming party in Germany. How did the students of Leipzig, the site of Eck's confrontation with Luther, react to the bull?

Last updated on Wednesday, 13th November 2013

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