I led his army against German
occupation throughout World War I, and personally
commanded the final offensive that liberated
Belle Michael was inspired to wear a
poppy after reading John McCrae's peom "In
Flanders Field." She was further inspired to
sell artificial poppies to raise funds for
Americas disabled veterans, and her efforts
raised so much money that the American Legion
adopted the poppy as its symbol.
Collingwood entered the Royal Navy
at the age of 12, and spent almost all of the
rest of his life at sea. He is best known for
taking command of the British fleet during the
Battle of Trafalgar following the death of
Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Story of the SS Dorchester
and the Four Chaplains Originally
outfitted as a luxury passenger liner, the Dorchester
was refitted into a troop carrier after the U.S.
entered the Second War. Torpedoed and sunk by a
German submarine, she is now best remembered for
the four Army chaplains who gave their lives to
help their comrades.
Battle of Iwo Jima (Operation Detachment),
fought between February 19 and March 26, 1945,
featured the largest body of Marines committed in
combat in one operation during World War II, and
included some of the fiercest and bloodiest
fighting in the Pacific Theater. The 36-day
assault resulted in more than 26,000 American
casualties and about 20,000 Japanese casualties.
Battle of Corregidor Corregidor is a
tadpole-shaped, rocky, fortified island at the
entrance to Manila Bay on the island of Luzon
that is about 2 square miles in area. It was
taken by Japanese forces on May 6, 1942, and
remained in Japanese hands until February 1945.
Rasputin gained influence with Czar
Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra by easing the
suffering of their son Alexei and eventually
became Alexandra's closest adviser. His influence
over the royal family greatly upset the nobles,
who murdered him while the Czar was away leading
|The Arc de
Triomphe stands at the western end of the Champs
Élysées, in the center of the Place
Charles de Gaulle. It was begun by Napoleon
Bonaparte as a monument to his troops on August
15, 1806, and completed by Louis Philippe in
of Serbia: Facts and Figures Local
Name Republika Srbija. Area 29,913
sq mi. Population 7,243,007. Capital
Belgrade. Independence Achieved from the
State Union of Serbia and Montenegro June 5,
Facts and Figures Local Name
Montenegro. Area 5,333 sq mi. Population
653,474. Capital Podgorica. Independence
Achieved from the State Union of Serbia and
Montenegro June 3, 2006.
Islands is an autonomous province of
Spain that consists of an archipelago of 13
islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles off
the northwest coast of Africa. The name comes
from canaria, the Latin word for
"dogs," and was given to them y the
ancient Romans because they found large, fierce
dogs living there.
Caillié became the first European
to travel to Timbuktu and return safely in 1827.
Expecting to find a city of great wealth, he
found "a mass of ill-looking houses, built
of earth" instead.
City: Facts and Figures Local
Official Name Stato Della
Città Del Vaticano. Total Area 108.7
acres (the smallest independent state in the
world). Population 836. Independence
from Italy Achieved February 11, 1929.
I, aka Darius the Great, ruled
Persia from ca. 522-485 B.C. At the time of his
death, his empire covered some 2.9 million square
miles and he ruled over approximately 10 million
of Indonesia: Facts and Figures
Local Name Republik Indonesia. Total
Area 741,034 sq mi. Population
251,160,124. Capital Jakarta. Independence
from Japan Declared August 17, 1945.