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(b. 1946) American Democratic statesman, 42nd President of the US 1993–2001

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affirmative action

affirmative action  

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Any form of positive discrimination taken to assist or promote members of disadvantaged groups, e.g. under Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986 (Cth). See ...
Al Gore

Al Gore  

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(1948– )US Democratic politician, vice-president of the USA 1993–2001.The son of a Democratic politician who became senator for Tennessee (1953–71), Al Gore grew up in the American capital and was ...
Alexis Herman

Alexis Herman  

(b. 16 July 1947),public servant and the first African American secretary of labor. Alexis Herman is among the few African American women who as a public servant rose to ...
All-Volunteer Force

All-Volunteer Force  

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Term used to refer to the U.S. armed forces in general after the elimination of compulsory military service in the 1970s.
Arkansas

Arkansas  

In the mid-sixteenth century, Spaniard Hernando de Soto became one of the first European explorers to visit the territory of what is now Arkansas. After being named governor of Cuba ...
arms transfer

arms transfer  

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The transfer of weapons, ammunition, and other military goods from one entity to another (usually between governments), either with or without payment or other reimbursement.
baby boomers

baby boomers  

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The generation born between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and before mass introduction of the birth control pill in 1964. Strictly speaking the term actually applies to the USA, since in ...
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.  

(1912–2002) U.S. army officer and aviator. Davis Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., the son of the first African-American general. He graduated from West Point in 1936 as an infantryman ...
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.  

(1877–1970) U.S. army officer. Davis Sr. was born in Washington, D.C., and saw his first military service as a first lieutenant in the 8th Infantry Volunteers in the Spanish-American War ...
Billy Graham

Billy Graham  

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1918– )US evangelist who has conducted large religious meetings throughout the world. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996.Born into a ...
Bob Dole

Bob Dole  

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(b. Russell, Kansas, 22 July 1923)US; US Senator 1966–96, Senate majority leader 1985–6, 1995–6, Republican presidential candidate 1996 In the Second World War Dole served in Italy, where he was ...
Bosnian Crisis

Bosnian Crisis  

In the 1990s, the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia led to a NATO-led peacekeeping mission that was the largest military operation in Europe since World War II. After ethnic Serbs ...
Bottom-Up Review

Bottom-Up Review  

A study of U.S. defense programs in the post-Cold War era released in 1993 by President Bill Clinton's administration and used to establish the Ballistic Missile Defense Program. It detailed ...
bureaucracy

bureaucracy  

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[De]A type of organization marked by a clear hierarchy of authority, the existence of written rules of procedure, and staffed by full‐time, salaried officials. Often held to be one of the ...
Bush, George H. W., Administration of

Bush, George H. W., Administration of  

The George H. W. Bush administration, from 1989 to 1993, promised to be less oppressive for blacks after eight years of Reaganism, arguably the most racist presidency since the Jim ...
Carlos Salinas de Gortari

Carlos Salinas de Gortari  

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(b. Mexico City, 3 Apr. 1948)Mexican; President of the Republic 1988–94 Carlos Salinas was born into the Mexican political élite. His father, Raul Salinas Lozano, was Minister of Industry and ...
Charles S. Robb

Charles S. Robb  

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(b. Phoenix, Arizona, 26 June 1939)US; Governor of Virginia 1982–6, US Senator 1989–2001 Born to a family with long-established Virginia roots, Robb's childhood involved much relocation as a result ...
chemical and biological warfare

chemical and biological warfare  

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(CBW)The use of synthetic poisonous substances, or organisms such as disease germs, to kill or injure the enemy. They include chlorine, phosgene, and mustard gas (first used in World War I), various ...
Colin Powell

Colin Powell  

(1937–), twelfth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).Born 5 April 1937 in the Harlem section of New York City and raised in the South Bronx, Colin L. ...
Congress

Congress  

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The national legislative body of the United States, which meets at the Capitol in Washington DC; it was established by the Constitution of 1787 and is composed of the Senate and the House of ...

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