Sunday, October 16, 2005

Corbin, Margaret

Margaret Cochran, having lost both her parents in an Indian raid when she was five, grew up with relatives and, in 1772, married John Corbin. When

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Iacocca, Lee

The son of an Italian immigrant, Iacocca graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in 1945 and received a master's degree

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Switzerland, Prehistoric Switzerland

Though a hand wedge fashioned by Paleolithic hunters, found at Pratteln near Basel in 1974, is at least 350,000 years old, human habitation in Switzerland was not significant until the last glacial period, the Würm, approximately 30,000 years ago. At that time most of the land was covered by ice, many thousands of feet deep that flowed down from the Alps. But during interglacial periods

Saturday, July 23, 2005

China, Communist victory

Between early November 1948 and early January 1949, the two sides battled for the control of Suchow. Gen. Zhu De concentrated 600,000 men under Chen Yi, Liu Bocheng, and Chen Geng near that strategic centre, which was defended by Nationalist forces of similar size. Both armies were well equipped, but the Nationalists had a superiority in armour and were unopposed in the air. Yet poor morale,

Friday, July 08, 2005

Gottfried Von Strassburg

The dates of his birth and death are unknown, and the only information about him consists of references to him in the work of other poets and inferences from his own work. The breadth of learning displayed in Tristan und Isolde reveals that

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Pacino, Al

After growing up in East Harlem and the Bronx, Pacino moved at age 19 to Greenwich Village, where he studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio and appeared in many Off-Broadway and out-of-town productions, including Hello, Out There (1963) and Why Is a Crooked Letter (1966). He took further

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Overland Park

City, Johnson county, northeastern Kansas, U.S. Located on a low ridge that affords a broad view of the Missouri River valley, it is a southern suburb of Kansas City, near the Missouri border. Settled in 1906, it lies on the old Santa Fe Trail and was laid out as a stop on an interurban railway from Kansas City to Olathe; later it was the home of the first aviation school in the western