Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Guadalupe Hidalgo, Treaty Of

(Feb. 2, 1848), treaty between the United States and Mexico that ended the Mexican War. It was signed at Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo, which is a northern neighbourhood of Mexico City. The treaty drew the boundary between the United States and Mexico at the Rio Grande and the Gila River; for a payment of $15,000,000 the United States received more than 525,000 square miles (1,360,000 square km) of land (now Arizona,

Monday, March 14, 2005

Forel, Auguste-henri

Forel studied medicine at the University of Z�rich from 1866 to 1871 and then did work in neuroanatomy at the University of Vienna, where he received his medical degree in 1872. In 1879 he was appointed director of the Burgh�lzli Asylum

Friday, March 11, 2005

Lee, Sammy

In 1942, while a student at Occidental College (Los Angeles), Lee won his first national championship with victories in both the 3-metre springboard and 10-metre platform events. Standing only 5 feet 1 inch, Lee utilized his short stature in his dives, tucking tighter and

Monday, March 07, 2005

Camp, Walter

As an undergraduate and then as a medical student at Yale (1876 - 81), Camp played halfback,

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Mardi Gras

(French: Fat Tuesday), festive day celebrated in France on the Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday; q.v.) before Ash Wednesday, which marks the close of the pre-Lenten season. In the United States the festival is most elaborately celebrated in New Orleans. See carnival.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Metanephros

Permanent kidney in reptiles, birds, and mammals, developing by the 10th week in human embryos from the lower part of the Wolffian duct, and replacing the embryonic structure called the mesonephros. It consists of a compact, paired organ containing many nephrons; a ureter separate from the Wolffian duct leads from the metanephros to the bladder.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Colijn, Hendrikus

A soldier (1895 - 1904) in the colonial army during the Achinese War in northern Sumatra, Colijn later served there as a civil administrator, organizing government services and rubber plantations.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Weissenfels

City, Saxony-Anhalt Land (state), eastern Germany. It lies on the right bank of the Saale River, south of Halle. A German town on the site of an old Slav settlement, it was chartered in 1185, when it belonged to the Saxon House of Wettin. It was the residence of the dukes of Saxe-Weissenfels from 1656 to 1746 and passed to Prussia in 1815. The Baroque castle (1660 - 93) is preserved, and the town museum has a notable

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Weissenfels

Byname �Rio Grande � former American railroad chartered in 1870 as the Denver and Rio Grande Railway (D

Cat Snake, The rise of the major sects: Vaishnavism, Saivism, and Saktism

Most cat snakes are about 70 cm (28 inches) long. Cat snakes occur in Africa and southwestern Asia; one, T. fallax, ranges to Europe. A number of snakes of other genera have vertical pupils and are sometimes called

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Alaska, The people

Long before Bering's voyages the Tlingit Indians lived in the southern and southeastern coastal area; the Aleuts on the

Catch-as-catch-can Wrestling, The rise of the major sects: Vaishnavism, Saivism, and Saktism

basic wrestling style in which nearly all holds and tactics are permitted in both upright and ground wrestling. Rules usually forbid only actions that may injure an opponent, such as strangling, kicking, gouging, and hitting with a closed fist. The object is to force the opponent into a position in which both shoulders touch the ground at the same time. Formerly known