Thursday, March 24, 2005

Shifting Attitudes In A Changing World

It was once said that "almost everything in history almost never happened"--a feeling, perhaps, that many of us have had about our own lives. When we look back, we often find an awkward chain of events that escapes logic, and only by willful disregard of such complicating factors as facts will we succeed in finding anything resembling a pattern or a plan guiding us. In westernized

Monday, March 21, 2005

Arabia, An-Nafud (Great Nafud)

The second largest sand desert in the Arabian Peninsula, An-Nafud, marks the northern limit of Najd. Lying just beyond the shield, it occupies an area of about 25,000 square miles. Its sands almost reach the oasis towns of Tayma' (Taima) in the west, Al-Jawf and Sakakah in the north, and Ha'il in the south. The sands are gradually moving toward the southeast, where they enter either the Mazhur

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Cartwright, Alexander Joy

A surveyor by profession, Cartwright was one of the founders of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, an organization of amateur players in New York City. He was chairman of a club committee that prepared a set of baseball rules, which were adopted in September

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Outer Space Treaty

Formally  Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies  (1967), international treaty binding the parties to use outer space only for peaceful purposes. In June 1966 the United States and the Soviet Union submitted draft treaties on the uses of space to the United Nations. These were reconciled during several months of negotiation in the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and the resulting

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Turboprop

The first experimental turboprop aircraft, a modified Gloster Meteor fighter equipped with two Rolls-Royce

Monday, March 14, 2005

Maccabeus, Judas

The son of Mattathias, an aged priest who took to the mountains in rebellion when Antiochus attempted to impose the Greek religion on the Jews, Judas took over the rebel

Friday, March 11, 2005

Czernin, Ottokar, Count

Czernin, born into the Czech aristocracy, entered the Austro-Hungarian diplomatic service in the