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An example of a modern day tragic hero is Sirius Black from the "Harry Potter" series. Another example is Anakin Skywalker from the "Star Wars" prequels.


Though they did not invent it, the Romans are widely recognized for perfecting the arch. They were also famous for their column designs and for integrating columns into building design as a means of support. The Romans are also responsible for the widespread use of concrete and marble as a building


Ancient Rome made a variety of contributions to modern day society including allowing Christianity to spread throughout western civilization and forming the basis for democracy. Ancient Rome also provided an architectural influence with the dome and uses for the arch, which is prevalent in stadiums


There is little evidence to support the idea that the Hallmark greeting card company is solely responsible for creating the modern Valentine's Day celebration, though the company did begin mass-producing cards for this holiday in 1913. Factory-produced cards were a response to the growing public int


The 14 modern-day British overseas territories include British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Other territories include British Antarctic Territory, St Helena and its dependencies Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Montserr


Treasure hunters can find jade at Big Sur, California; geodes at Rockhound State Park in Deming, New Mexico; opals at the Bonanza Opal Mine in Denio, Nevada and the Juniper Ridge Opal Mine in Lakeview, Oregon; and emeralds in Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, North Carolina. Visitors to Crater of Di


The area known as Canaan in ancient times covered parts of modern-day Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Ancient Canaan also occupied parts of the coastal regions and areas of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In the Bible, Canaan was known as the Promised Land.


Bethlehem technically is part of the modern day Palestinian National Authority. The Palestinian National Authority is not recognized as a nation-state by some countries, including the United States. The Authority refers to itself as the State of Palestine.


Al Capone was referred to as a "Robin Hood" figure because he gave so much money to charities before he went to jail. The public's fascination with and, at times, admiration of Capone is part of the complex story of one of America's first famous criminals, who, despite his well-known participation i


The first New World landing by Christopher Columbus' ships was on one of the islands that now comprise the modern-day Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Subsequent first-voyage landings by the ships under Columbus' command were on the modern-day countries of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.