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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...

20th century belongs to Canada

20th century belongs to Canada  

‘I think that we can claim that it is Canada that shall fill the 20th century’, boasted Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier in an 18 January 1904 address before the Ottawa ...
Russia, U.S. Military Intervention in, 1917–20

Russia, U.S. Military Intervention in, 1917–20  

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American intervention in Russia developed in response to the political turmoil and great power competition triggered by the Russian Revolution and civil war. President Woodrow Wilson and his advisers ...
Age Grades

Age Grades  

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Age grades were the ritually marked life stages (such as junior, elder, and senior elder) through which groups of people of a similar age range (called age sets) moved together. ...
absentee landlord

absentee landlord  

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A landowner not normally resident on the estate from which he derived income and which was generally managed through an agent. While some landlords cared for the welfare of their tenants, others ...
to go on the account

to go on the account  

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A term used by buccaneers to describe their somewhat irregular way of life at sea and to give it an apparently more respectable backing than in fact it had. The dividing line between buccaneering and ...
Flight to Varennes

Flight to Varennes  

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(20 June 1791)The unsuccessful attempt by Louis XVI to escape from France and join the exiled royalists. He had been prevented from leaving Paris in April 1791 and elaborate plans for an escape were ...
bill, hedging

bill, hedging  

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The hook‐shaped tool with a sharp cutting edge used by hedge‐layers in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
feoffment

feoffment  

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The original form of conveyance by a symbolic handover known as livery of seisin. It guaranteed a fee simple.
Earl Marshall

Earl Marshall  

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The officer responsible for state ceremonies. This has long been a hereditary role of the Duke of Norfolk.
putting-out system

putting-out system  

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A system by which manufacturers or middlemen subcontracted work to pieceworkers, e.g. in the textile or cutlery industries.
Sir

Sir  

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The title of baronets and knights, and, until the Reformation, of a priest who was not a university graduate.
liege

liege  

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The lord of whom a man held his principal property was his liege‐lord, to whom he owed military service.
swaler

swaler  

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The alternative name in the north midlands for a badger, i.e. a dealer in meal, corn, butter, and eggs.
Kingdom of Greater Armenia

Kingdom of Greater Armenia  

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Artaxiad DynastyNotesChronologyMost dates are approximate.Bedoukian, P. Z., Coinage of the Artaxiads of Armenia (London, 1978).Magie, D., Roman Rule in Asia Minor to the End of the Third Century ...
jointure

jointure  

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A fixed annual sum paid to a widow out of her husband's freehold estate until she remarried or died.
sovereign

sovereign  

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Introduced by Henry VII (r. 1485–1509) at the value of 20 shillings. During the second half of the 16th century it was worth 30 shillings. Discontinued in the early 17th century, it was reintroduced ...
modus

modus  

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The conversion of a tithe payment in kind (i.e. a tenth of produce) to a fixed sum of money.
bathrooms

bathrooms  

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As early as the mid‐13th century the Palace of Westminster had bathrooms for the king and queen. In 1351–2 the king's bath was fitted with ‘two large bronze taps … to bring hot and cold water to the ...
Iran hostage crisis

Iran hostage crisis  

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(4 Nov. 1979–20 Jan. 1980)Following the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, public hostility against the USA, which had heavily sponsored the regime of ...
July Plot

July Plot  

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(20 July 1944)A plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Disenchanted by the Nazi regime in Germany, an increasing number of senior army officers believed that Hitler had to be assassinated and an ...

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