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The Kingdom of Italy Is Proclaimed

Modern Italy became unified under the house of Savoy on March 17, 1861, largely through the efforts of Cavour, Garibaldi, and Victor Emmanuel II, who became king of Italy that same year. However, the protectorate of Napoleon III over the Papal States delayed the Italian annexation of Rome until 1870, and relations between the Italian government and the papacy, which refused to concede the loss of its temporal power, remained a major problem until 1929, when the Lateran Treaty did what?



King Solomon

Solomon, son of King David and Bathsheba, ruled Israel in the 10th century BCE. His reign was marked by foreign alliances, territorial expansion, and a building program that produced the famed Temple of Jerusalem. Legendary for his wisdom—Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are ascribed to him—Solomon is said to have settled a dispute over a baby's parentage by suggesting that the baby be cut in half. This account, like nearly all related to him, comes from biblical sources. How large was Solomon's harem?

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Mia Hamm

One of the best female soccer players of her generation, Hamm is often credited with popularizing women's soccer in the US. A tireless forward, Hamm won four NCAA titles and, at 15, became the youngest person to play for the US national team, which won two Women's World Cups and two Olympic gold medals while she was a member. When she retired in 2004, she held the international record for scoring—for both women and men—until it was broken in 2013. "Mia" is a nickname. What is her real name?

Last updated on Monday, 17th March 2014

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