History consists of studying the past. It is a branch of the humanities or social sciences.

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Chinese New Year

Is Chinese New Year a religious festival?

No, Chinese new year has the same meaning as the international new year on 1st January, but based on a traditional Chinese calender instead of a modern international calendar. So for each year, the Chinese new year dates are different. Chinese New Year is more of a Chinese festival using traditional Chinese customs and beliefs; and not anything directly to do with religious elements. Just take it literally: it is just Chinese's New Year. Other races will have their own New Years using their own traditional calendars i.e. Malays.

History of India

Who was nick named by his friend as Mr blunt?

Bal Gangadhar Tilak


How did the radio affect the world socially?

during the wars, people could know whats going on. people could see whats going on, on the other side of the world.


How do you make learning history fun?

  1. Share your sources. Ask your audience questions and get them looking at the evidence.

  2. Make a personal connection. I wrote about personal primary sources a bit ago.

  3. Introduce the unexpected. There is power in the unexpected.

  4. Never forget people stories. History is about stories and emotion.

  5. Find ways to convey your joy.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Why did Southern farmers oppose AAA programs?

Southern farmers opposed the Agricultural Adjustment Act because it reduced crop surplus so it could effectively raise the value of crops, because of that, a portion of their fields were left uncultivated. The money for these subsidies was made through an exclusive tax on companies which processed farm products.

History of India

Nature and scope of history?

The Nature and scope of History requires Truthful and Honest depiction of facts, events and happenings of the period. History is an important subject keeping and telling the past and heritage of any person, nation or country.

India is the ancient most country having a great history of thousands of years.

Famous People
Society and Civilization

Who is the kindest person in history?

当你在想某件事情时,一种特定的共鸣会在你周围被创造出来,围绕在你周围的是某种特定的振动。那就是为什么你会发现有时候当某人靠近你时,你会毫无理由地开始感到难过。即使对方没有说出任何负向的话语,他说不定甚至还笑着、很高兴地与你碰面,但是一种悲伤仍然从内在紧抓住你。当然,也有些时候,当你和某些人在一起时,你可能会突然开始高兴起来。   当你进入一个房间时,你可能会感觉到内在突然的变化。你会感觉到有些什么神圣或可怕的感觉紧抓着你。有些时候,你觉得自己被平静与安宁所围绕着,有时候你觉得自己被不安的感觉所围绕着。你没有办法了解自己这种突然的变化,你开始觉得好奇:「我之前明明觉得很平静,但为什么不安的感觉会突然出现在我的脑海里。」事实上,你的周围充满了思想波,而这些思想波二十四小时都不断地进入你的内在。

History, Politics & Society

What did people think witches could do?

Witches were seen as active agents of the devil. Not only were they blamed for agricultural failures, they were seen as the cause of any ailment or disease that was affecting the pious. For example, Charles II of Spain was so deformed from generations of inbreeding (his grandmother was related to him 42 different ways), that the only way he could rationalize his extreme physical and mental defects was to assume that his citizens were practicing witchcraft - this sparked a cruel and viscous period in the history of the Catholic Church and Inquisition.

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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

Answers with Donna Halper?

Is there a message in your Book that you want readers to grasp?

I don't think it has one central message, but it does have a particular focus. My new book is a 2nd edition, revised and expanded, of "Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting." It tells the stories of many pioneering women on both radio and TV, against a backdrop of how broadcasting was changing American society. Attitudes about men's and women's "proper" roles are certainly different in 2014 from how they were in 1920 (the year women got the vote, as well as the year commercial radio made its debut); and yet, some issues that were debated in the 1920s are still being debated today. One message of the book is that women were involved in broadcasting from its inception, yet for the most part, media history text-books don't preserve their many achievements. In fact, the names of women like Eunice Randall (one of the first female announcers), Marie Zimmerman (the first woman to own a radio station), Bertha Brainard (the first woman radio network executive), and even Lou Henry Hoover (the first First Lady to give a radio talk) are generally forgotten today. All too often, histories of any new medium or technology focus on the corporations that funded the research and the men (and back then, it was usually just men) who came up with the inventions. We read about the founder of RCA and NBC, David Sarnoff; we read about inventors like Guglielmo Marconi or Edwin Howard Armstrong. But the myth persists that women in broadcasting only made peripheral contributions to the growth of the industry, since supposedly they were either performers or secretaries. However, in my research, I have found women engineers, women station managers, women publicists, women news reporters, women media critics, and women announcers as far back as the early 1920s. Thus, one of my goals was to give a fuller picture of the history of broadcasting, one that includes women's many roles. I've also tried to recover the history of African-American women in broadcasting: long before Oprah Winfrey, there were black women on the air. Did you know that the great blues singer Bessie Smith was heard on radio in the segregated south in 1923? My other goal was to examine how much the culture's expectations about gender have changed, and whether radio and TV helped to change them. For example, all of the major networks now have women reporters who covering war zones; this was considered quite unheard of as recently as the 1960s, but it is much more accepted today. But on the other hand, there are still questions about whether women political candidates (from both parties) are still subjected to different coverage from what men receive-- have we come a long way, or not? Another issue is the public's expectations about the First Lady-- since the 1920s, people have debated how often, if at all, she should she be in the public eye; there have also been debates over whether she should make political statements or simply focus on traditional issues like her favorite charity or raising the kids. Some First Ladies have seemed content to be more traditional and did not speak on radio or TV; but others have embraced it and used it often (Eleanor Roosevelt even had her own radio show, and some modern First Ladies have been guests on talk shows). So, throughout this book, you will read about a number of unsung heroines (and even some of the men who encouraged them), and also find out how some of today's high-profile women became so famous, and the struggles some encountered on their way to that fame. To sum up, "Invisible Stars" tells the story of what has changed for women since 1920, how radio and TV have covered issues that affect women, and how broadcasting as an industry had dealt with women's changing roles.


Where are the oldest rocks in the atlantic ocean found?

The Atlantic Ocean started to form about 200 million years ago, shortly after the beginning of extensive volcanic activity, associated with tensions in the continental crust between nowaday's Afrika and North America. The oldest oceanic crust in the Atlantic Ocean is therefore found off the continental slopes of the USA and Northwest Africa.

The continental shelfs, of course, comprise rocks below their sedimentary cover that often are much older than the oldest oceanic crust.

Travel & Places

Did the Romans drive on the left or the right?

According to this guy, it was on the left. The reason they know seems logical...

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When did the State of Hyderabad got freedom?

in 1947

Acronyms & Abbreviations

What does ce mean in history?

It stands for Common Era, and is one half of a system of measuring time - the opposite is BCE, which means Before Common Era. It is gradually replacing BC and AD as a way of classifying years. The present year is 2011 CE.

It can also stand for "Christian Era;" perhaps more accurately. There was no sudden commonality in the world at 1CE.


Who was the last person alive born in the 1700s?

right now, it's probably Augusta Hejnek (1799 - 1908)


Who is arcesilas of cyrene?

Within a century of Plato's death his school had been completely transformed by Arcesilas, its head in the middle of the third century B.C.; he imported into it the denial of the possibility of knowledge that had been set up as a philosophical system by the Sceptic Pyrrho two generations before. Arcesilas was regarded as having refounded the school, which was no called the Second or New Academy. Arcesilas's work was carried further a century later by Carnrades, who employed his acute logic in demolishing the natural theology of the Stoics.

Comic Strips
The Odyssey

What is a creative title for a comic strip on the odyssey?

'Trojan Horses' , 'Achilles' Heels' , 'Tricks and Traps' .


What did the gag rule do when passed in 1836?

It prohibited the reading of any antislavery petitions in the House. It caused a lot of conflict before the Civil War.


What does civic equality mean?

It means to have equal standing under the law. This is especially important in the context of the French revolution as gaining civic equality was one of the big demands of the poor at the time. This does NOT mean social equality.


Why is friday called friday?

Friday is originated from an old english term meaning "day of frige". I belive frigg,the wife of odin and goddess of married love and of the hearth was given to the fifth day of the week in an act honouring the goddess and evoking her rulling characteristics into the earthly realm similar to most polytheist traditions and modalitys.


Four periods of history?

Pre-cambrien, paleozoic, mesozoic, and cenizoic.

These, when spelt correctly, are some of the geological eras of our planet.

Mammals and indeed humans have been around for a very small part of that time. We appeared, I think, in the Neolithic; which u forgot.

It's said that history is what's happened to humans.

Some folks suggest that there's pre-Stone Age, before we'd learnt how to shape flint into knives; Stone Age, when we could do that, and throw rocks at each other. Fire will have been tamed then. When we almost built the Tower of Babel. The Bronze Age was when we could get enough heat to melt copper and its impurities into bronze and brass weapons. Think Siege of Troy. The Iron Age came next, using charcoal and, later coal. The civilized discovery of the world. Our first literate king, gay King Edward II, is a part of it. Now we have the Electronic Age, in which knowledge is the key; everything is on plastic, and we have computers to translate languages and send messages into space. That's five, not four; but they seem useful.


What qualities did Spartans honor?

The qualities that Sparta honored were creating military life and having brave soldiers.They also belived in no bookes ouside contact or personal opinions

History, Politics & Society
Celebrity Births Deaths and Ages

Who was born on the 11 June 1964?

Carl Barron. An australian comedian


What is contemporary evidence?

Evidence that existed or occured within the selected time frame you're looking at.

Decade - 1950s

What happened during 1950-1955 in the US?

•Disneyland Opens

•Emmett Till Murdered

•James Dean Dies in Car Accident

•McDonald's Corporation Founded

•Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus

•Warsaw Pact Signed

· Britain announced its ability to make hydrogen bombs

· Albert Einstein (76), physicist, died in Princeton New Jersey

· A time bomb explodes in the cargo hold of United Airlines Flight 629, a Douglas DC-6B airliner flying above Longmont, Colorado, killing all 39 passengers and 5 crew members on board.

History of the United States
Sioux Indians

What discovery turned the Nomads into farmers?

Experimentation, most likely by women, with plants that it was their task to gather eventually led to more of adevelopmentthan a discovery of domesticated plants.

The discovery of Maize.


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