Marie Antoinette Guillotined (1793)

The daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, Marie Antoinette was the queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI. Her devotion to Austria, reputation for extravagance, and connection to scandals made her unpopular and helped to provoke the French Revolution. After the storming of the Tuileries palace, she and Louis were accused of treason. The king was executed, and Marie was tried, found guilty, and guillotined. Did she really say “Let them eat cake”? Discuss
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World Food Day

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. Discuss
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William Orville Douglas (1898)

Douglas, a US Supreme Court justice and author, practiced and taught law early in his career, before becoming a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1936. As SEC chairman, he engineered the reorganization of US stock exchanges, instituted measures aimed at protecting small investors, and began government regulation of the sale of securities. In 1939, the president appointed him to the Supreme Court. For what controversial act did Congress attempt to impeach Douglas? Discuss
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Mesa Verde National Park

Located in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve prehistoric Native American cliff dwellings. It occupies a high tableland area of 52,085 acres (21,078 hectares) and contains hundreds of pueblo ruins up to 13 centuries old, spanning four archaeological periods. The largest and most striking of the multistoried apartments built under overhanging cliffs is Cliff Palace. Excavated in 1909, it contains hundreds of rooms and many kivas, which are what? Discuss
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