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photos by Carol M. Highsmith Prev Next Havana, Cuba The capital and Cuba's largest city, Havana boasts more than 2.5 million inhabitants. Havana is also one of the America's oldest cities, founded in 1515 by the Spanish explorer Diego de Velázquez on Cuba's southern coast and relocated to the site of present-day… Read more
Notable events in pirate history, from 700 B.C. to the present by Mark Hughes c. 700 – 67 B.C. • 700–1820 • 1991–2007 • April 2008–present c. 700 B.C. The Iliad and Odyssey describe early raids on coastal communities by pirates. c. 150 B.C. Sicilian pirates control much of the… Read more
Key dates in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from 1948–2000 by Beth Rowen 1948 1956 1967 1973 1983 1994 1948 May 14 The British officially withdraw from Palestine, and the Jewish National Council proclaims the State of… Read more
Key dates in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Jennie Wood 2000 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 Present 2000 July 11-24 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Yasser Arafat meet with U.S. President Bill Clinton at Camp… Read more
World > International Relations With only 90 miles separating them, Cuba and the United States have shared, at worst, a tumultuous history and, at best, an uneasy relationship. 1898–1912 1917–1960 1961–1994 1996–2008 2009–present1898 Spanish-American War begins and ends, with Spain ceding Cuba to the United… Read more
World > International Relations These are key dates in Cuban history, from Columbus's arrival in 1492 to the present. 1492 Christopher Columbus arrives in Cuba and claims the territory for Spain. 1511 Spaniards under Diego Velázquez conquer Cuba and its aboriginal groups. Spain establishes settlements, colonizing Cuba. Havana'… Read more
2007 Coalition forces battle insurgents on the streets of Iraq, as secretarian violence intensifies; see Iraq Timeline 2007 for details (all year long). Romania and Bulgaria are admitted to the European Union, expanding it to 27 nations and a population of about 490 million… Read more
2008 news of the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe Flag of India Related Links 2008 Year in Review 2008 News of the Nation 2008 People in the News 2008 Places in the News Quiz Country Profiles Conditions Deteriorate in Afghanistan | Iraq on the Path Toward Effective Leadership |… Read more
2008 news of the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe The Taliban Related Links 2008 Year in Review 2008 News of the Nation 2008 People in the News 2008 Places in the News Quiz Country Profiles India Rocked By a Wave of Terrorist Attacks | Iraq on the Path Toward Effective Leadership |… Read more
compiled by Catherine McNiff Pope Francis Jose Mario Bergoglio (1936–), pope (2013–) Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina Update: Pope Benedict XVI steps down from papacy Biography: Pope Francis A message of humility and unity Pope Francis is the the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit to assume the papal… Read more
Read about the former president of South Africa Revisiting September 11 Ten Years Later Post-9/11 Changes By the U.S. Government An in-depth look at how government responsed to 9/11 over the last decade How We've Changed Since 9/11 Ten years later Americans are still feeling the impact Remembering 9/11 Ten Years Later… Read more
Try Infoplease's brain-busting geography quizzes Related Links Infoplease's Geography GuideWorld AtlasCountries of the WorldColumbus and Other Great ExplorersGeography FAQsIndependence Day Quizzes: Adult Level Independence Day Quizzes: Middle-School Level Can't agree on a film for family movie night? Stuck in the house… Read more
Norderoogsand, a new island in the North Sea, is already a home to many birds and plants. By Jennie Wood A new island has appeared in the North Sea.Related Links Lost Islands of the World Profile of Germany Islands World Atlas & Map Library… Read more
Next Facts & Figures Map of Kosovo President: Atifete… Read more
Due to standard Navy procedure, we will probably never know the names of the men who brought down Osama bin Laden US Navy SEALs insignia Related Links Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda Navy Seals Official Site U.S.-Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations Most Wanted Terrorists "Geronimo EKIA… Read more
2008 news of the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Related Links 2008 Year in Review 2008 News of the Nation 2008 People in the News 2008 Places in the News Quiz Country Profiles Conditions Deteriorate in Afghanistan | India Rocked By a Wave of Terrorist Attacks | Iraq… Read more
100 years later, some still refuse to acknowledge a genocide occurred in Armenia Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia   Related Links Armenia Profile Turkey Profile Ottoman Empire April 24, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. Much of the world… Read more
Terrorist groups that have grown out of Al Qaeda, where they are active, and their main tactics or targets. Flag of ISIS
Society and Culture > Calendar & Holidays by Liz Olson Related Links Holidays: Frequently Asked Questions National Holidays Around the World Holiday Census Facts In the United States, there are ten federal holidays set by law. Four are set by date (New Year's… Read more
Society and Culture > Calendar & Holidays by Liz Olson Related Links Holidays: Frequently Asked Questions National Holidays Around the World Holiday Census Facts In the United States, there are ten federal holidays set by law. Four are set by date (New Year's… Read more