Rio de Janeiro Is Founded (1565)

With a population of about 6 million, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city and former capital of Brazil, as well as the country’s cultural center and a commercial, communications, and transportation hub. It has one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbors, surrounded by low mountain ranges whose spurs extend almost to the waterside, dividing the city. Among its natural landmarks are Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado peak. Rio was popularized by the hit song about the girl from where? Discuss
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Matronalia

Also known as the Matronales Feriae, the Matronalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of Juno, the goddess of women. It was observed on March 1, the day on which her temple was dedicated. The Matronalia celebrated not only the sacredness of marriage as an institution but the peace that followed the first marriages that took place between Roman men and Sabine women. It was customary for married women to form a procession to Juno’s temple, where offerings were made to the goddess. At home, women received gifts from their husbands on this day and held feasts for their female slaves. Discuss
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Frédéric Chopin (1810)

Chopin was a Polish composer and one of the great masters of Romantic music. He published his first composition at age seven and began performing at eight. He moved to Paris when he was 21 and became a celebrity with his first concert the following year. Among the most significant composers in the history of the piano, Chopin’s innovations in fingering, use of the pedals, and general treatment of the keyboard were highly influential. With what French writer did he have a long relationship? Discuss
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minerals

douse, dowse – Douse first meant "knock, punch, strike" and now means "to extinguish or wet thoroughly"; dowse means to look for water or minerals with a divining rod. More…

hard water – That which contains large amounts of minerals. More…

mica – Any of a group of minerals that occur in small glittering plates or scales in other rocks. More…

micronutrient – One of the vitamins and minerals needed only in small amounts for normal body function. More…

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