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Operation Vijay: India Annexes Daman and Diu

Spanning less than 50 square miles (130 sq km) on the coast of India, Daman and Diu became Portuguese colonies in the 16th century, along with the port of Goa. After India gained independence from the UK in 1947, its government began working toward the return of all Indian colonies held by Portugal. Portugal, however, violently suppressed peaceful Indian activists opposed to its continued rule. After Indian forces invaded, how many days did it take for them to annex Daman and Diu?



The New Guinea Singing Dog

The New Guinea singing dog is a rare type of primitive canine that is found in the wild only on the island of New Guinea. Early travelers most likely brought the ancestors of this breed to the island where, isolated from the world, their descendants developed traits not found in other canids. Most distinctive is the dog's melodious howl, which earned it its name. The dog's uncertain origins and unique traits have complicated efforts to classify it. What has DNA analysis revealed about "singers"?

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Carter Godwin Woodson

Born into a poor African-American family, Woodson had little formal schooling until he was in his late teens. Yet he went on to earn a PhD and become a prominent historian, author, and journalist. He devoted his life to promoting African-American education and history, founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and writing, editing, and publishing books and periodicals on African-American life, history, and culture. What nationwide annual observance did he establish?

Last updated on Thursday, 19th December 2013

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