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      Week In Review

      Week in Review: January 24, 2021

      Happy Birthday, Mozart!

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria. He was unique in his ability to write in all the musical genres of his day and to excel in every one.
      Seven famous child prodigies
      Rumored to have had the ability to play music at age three and to write music at age five, Mozart began his career as a child prodigy. Here are a few other remarkable youngsters.
      Did Mozart write “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”?
      It is commonly believed that the tune was one of Mozart’s earliest compositions, written when he was a child for his older sister, Nannerl. But is it true?
      10 classical music composers to know
      Mozart is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music, but who are the other great ones?
      Now test your knowledge!
      Sure you might know Mozart wrote Don Giovanni, but do you know who wrote Moonlight Sonata?

      Peace with Honor?

      On January 27, 1973, the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam (better known as the Paris Peace Accords) was signed by the United States, the governments of North and South Vietnam, and communist forces in South Vietnam. The cease-fire agreement brought an end to nearly two decades of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and maintained the 17th parallel as a dividing line between the North and the South until the country could be reunited by “peaceful means.” On April 30, 1975, the last Americans remaining in Saigon fled in a desperate airlift as North Vietnamese forces captured the southern capital.
      America’s Longest War (Until Afghanistan)
      article / World History
      U.S. Army photograph
      Timeline of the Vietnam War
      List / World History
      Eddie Adams/AP Images
      My Lai Massacre
      article / Politics, Law & Government
      World History Archive/Alamy

      Basketball Player Nicknames

      With the NBA season well underway, we thought we’d take a look at some famous basketball monikers. Do you know the athlete behind these nicknames?
      The Black Mamba
      A year ago on January 26, this five-time NBA champion tragically died in a helicopter crash.
      The Round Mound of Rebound
      Entertaining both on and off the court, this player might have preferred his other nickname, “Sir Charles.”
      King James
      Is he better than Michael Jordan? Some think so. But even if you don’t agree, there’s no denying this player is one of the best.
      Houdini of the Hardwood
      This legendary point guard was known for his ball-handling and passing skills.
      The Dream
      This Nigerian-born player reportedly earned this nickname because of his effortless dunks. He also had a signature move called the “Dream Shake.”
      The Mailman
      Setting records at the free-throw line was just one of the ways this player always “delivered.”

      Oh, My Goddess!

      In the great pantheons of world religions, gods tend to get the most name recognition. Odin and his ravens. Zeus and his many, many children. Ananse and his tales. How well do you know the goddesses who often had to rectify the mistakes of these “omnipotent” beings?
      Egyptian Goddess of Funerary Rites and Healing
      article / Philosophy & Religion
      The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Rogers Fund, 1930 (accession no. 30.4.142); www.metmuseum.org
      Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom
      article / Philosophy & Religion
      ? Harrieta171 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
      Aztec Goddess of Love
      article / Philosophy & Religion
      Courtesy of the Museum of Liverpool, England

      Burns Night

      Scottish food, drink, and verse are celebrated on January 25, the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet.
      Who was Robert Burns?
      Burns was a lover, a rebel, and a poet of great renown, so it’s easy to understand Scotland’s fascination with him.
      What is Burns’s most famous poem?
      If you’re singing while raising a glass on New Year’s Eve, you’re reciting Burns.
      What food is associated with Burns Night?
      If you guessed “a boiled sheep’s stomach full of... things,” congratulations!
      What’s the difference between whisky and whiskey?
      You’re going to need something to wash down that haggis.
      What was Burns’s world like?
      Edinburgh was a “hotbed of genius,” but genteel city life left Burns wanting.

      The Animals of Disney

      Sixty years ago on January 25, Disney released One Hundred and One Dalmatians. With a slew of adorable dogs and the delightfully villainous Cruella De Vil, the film became a Disney classic. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at the animals behind various Disney movies. From canines to elephants (Dumbo) and lions (The Lion King), see how much you know about the creatures that inspired some of cinema’s most beloved characters.
      How Many Toes Does a Dog Have?
      Quiz / Science
      Sally Anne Thompson/Encyclop?dia Britannica, Inc.
      Can Elephants Jump?
      Quiz / Science
      ? Shem Compion/Getty Images
      How Large Are Lion Prides?
      Quiz / Science
      ? Digital Vision/Getty Images
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