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Warsaw Pact

Distinguish from the Warsaw Convention, which is an agreement about financial liability in air travel, and the Treaty of Warsaw 1970 between West Germany and the Peoples Republic of Poland. The Warsaw Pact, officially the Treaty of Friendship, Co ...

                                               

Warsaw Uprising (1794)

The Warsaw Uprising of 1794 was started by a group of Polish people who lived in Warsaw. With help from the Polish Army, they tried to stop Russia from controlling the biggest city in Poland. It started on April 17, 1794, which was soon after Tad ...

                                               

Washington Navy Yard shooting

On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis, a lone man armed with a shotgun, killed twelve people and injured fourteen others in a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command inside the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington ...

                                               

Washington Summit (1987)

The Washington Summit of 1987 was Cold War-era summit meeting between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. It took place between December 8-10 in Washington, D.C. Reagan ...

                                               

2015 Washington, D.C., mass murder

The 2015 Washington, D.C., mass murder occurred on May 14, 2015. Three members of the Savopoulos family were murdered at their home in Washington, D.C. Their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, was also murdered. The victims were held hostage for ni ...

                                               

Erich Wasicky

Erich Wasicky was a pharmacist at the Mauthausen concentration camp. He was responsible for killing many inmates. Wasicky joined the NSDAP and the SS he had the rank of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer. From 1941 to 1944, he worked in the concentration-camp Ma ...

                                               

Wax tablet

A wax tablet is what the Roman schools used instead of paper. They used a stylus to write with. The wax melted when warm, but was quite smooth when it set. Wax tablets could also be used for messages, but ink on wood was more permanent. The Roman ...

                                               

We begin bombing in five minutes

On August 11, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, was preparing to make his weekly Saturday radio address on National Public Radio. As a sound check prior to the address, Reagan made the following joke to t ...

                                               

Weimar Constitution

The Constitution of the German Reich, usually known as the Weimar Constitution was the constitution that governed the Weimar Republic. The constitution technically remained in effect during the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945. The German states off ...

                                               

West Fertilizer Plant explosion

The West Fertilizer Plant explosion was an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco, United States. It happened just before 7:50 pm CDT. There was a lot of damage to buildings, including houses. Fourteen people were killed and over 160 injured. The ca ...

                                               

West Francia

West Francia, also known as the West Frankish Kingdom or Francia Occidentalis, was a short-lived kingdom. It was the lands of the western part of the Carolingian Empire. They came under the control of Charlemagnes grandson, Charles the Bald, as a ...

                                               

West Germany

West Germany is the common English name for the Federal Republic of Germany, retrospectively designated the Bonn Republic, was a country in Central Europe. It was created on May 23, 1949. It ended on October 3, 1990 due to German Reunification. D ...

                                               

Western saloon

A Western saloon is a type of bar that was popular during the Old West. The very first saloon was created in Browns Hole, Wyoming, in 1822 and served fur trappers. Some of the saloons offered dancing girls, some of them sometimes doubled as prost ...

                                               

Westroads Mall shooting

The Westroads Mall shooting was a mass shooting that happened on December 5, 2007, in a Von Maur department store at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. The gunman, nineteen-year-old Robert A. Hawkins, killed eight people and wounded four, two of ...

                                               

Whiskey Rebellion

The Whiskey Rebellion was a rebellion against the Federal government of the United States. Some farmers in Western Pennsylvania rebelled against the United States federal government in 1794. They believed that a new tax on whisky was not fair. Se ...

                                               

Battle of the Wilderness

The Battle of the Wilderness was a battle of the American Civil War. It was the first battle of the Overland Campaign. It was fought from May 5 to 7, 1864. A Union army commanded by U.S. Grant started marching south to capture Richmond, Virginia. ...

                                               

Wilsonian Armenia

Wilsonian Armenia is used for the borders that were drawn by Woodrow Wilson at the Treaty of Sevres. The area was to the north and to the west side of Trabzon Province to provide the DRA an area to the Black Sea. The Armenian national fight for " ...

                                               

Winchester Model 1897

The Winchester Model 1897 was an early pump-action shotgun invented by John Moses Browning. It was so popular that it was used by the US military during both World War I and World War II. It was a deadly weapon a short range, especially in trench ...

                                               

Winnipeg General Strike

Winnipeg General Strike happened during March of 1919 in Winnipeg. Although many Canadian companies had enjoyed large profits following World War I, contracts, wages and working conditions were bad. Some protesters rioted.

                                               

Wolf Point, Chicago

Wolf Point is the location where the North, South and Main Branches of the Chicago River meet in the present day Near North Side, Loop, and Near West Side community areas of Chicago. Wolf Point is historically important in the development of earl ...

                                               

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House is a Georgian townhouse in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England. It is owned by the National Trust. It was built in the mid-18th century. William Wordsworth was born in the house in 1770. The house is a Grade I listed building. It is op ...

                                               

Worlds Columbian Exposition

The Worlds Columbian Exposition was a Worlds Fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arrival in the New World in 1492. Chicago won the honor of hosting the fair and defeated New York City; Washingto ...

                                               

Wrecking ball

A wrecking ball is a heavy steel ball used for demolishing large buildings. It is usually hung from a crane. A crane operator swings the ball back and forth like a pendulum. It works best tearing down masonry buildings. Early round shapes would s ...

                                               

Wulfila Bible

The Wulfila Bible is a translation of parts of the Bible into the Gothic language. It was done by a Christian Bishop, called Wulfila, in the 3rd century. It contains mainly a translation of the New Testament. The basis for the translation was a G ...

                                               

Xinhai Revolution

The Xinhai Revolution was a revolution in China in 1911. It consisted of many revolts and rebellions. At the end of the Xinhai Revolution the last emperor, Puyi, abdicated. China changed from a monarchy to a republic.

                                               

XYZ Affair

France was taking American ships in 1797. President John Adams wanted to avoid a war with France, so he sent officials to France to discuss the rights of neutral nations. However, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, the French foreign minister, sent t ...

                                               

Yamatai

The Yamatai was the strongest country in Wa, beginning from the early 2nd century to the end of the 3rd century. Wa is the oldest written name of Japan. The Wei Zhi Worenshuan is a Chinese text that tells about this country. Yamatai came into bei ...

                                               

Year without a Summer

The Year without a Summer was 1816. The year before that, in 1815, a volcano had erupted in the Dutch East Indies. The volcanos name was Mount Tambora. The volcanic ash from the eruption spread across the world. It darkened the sky, and made the ...

                                               

Battle of Yellow Tavern

The Battle of Yellow Tavern was part of the Overland Campaign of the American Civil War. It was fought on May 11, 1864 in Henrico County, Virginia. Major General Philip Sheridan, who commanded the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac, wanted to lau ...

                                               

Yellowstone fires of 1988

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 were the largest wildfires in the history of the Yellowstone National Park. They began as smaller individual fires. They spread quickly out of control. The fires were made worse by increasing wind and severe drought ...

                                               

Siege of Yorktown (1862)

The Battle of Yorktown or Siege of Yorktown was fought from April 5 to May 4, 1862, as part of the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Marching from Fort Monroe, Union Major general George B. McClellans Army of the Potomac encountered M ...

                                               

Yugoslav Wars

                                               

Zaire

Zaire, officially the Republic of Zaire was the name of a country that is now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It used this name from 27 November 1971 to 17 May 1997. The name "Zaire" comes from a Portuguese corruption of the Kongo wo ...

                                               

Zakarid Armenia

                                               

Zayyanid dynasty

Zayyanids or Abd al-Wadids, or Banu Zayan, is the name of a Berber Zenata dynasty in North Africa. The Zayyanids, whose capital was Tlemcen existed from 1235 to 1556. They were also known as Abdalwadid.

                                               

2017 Zimbabwean coup detat

On the evening of 14 November 2017, the Zimbabwe National Army gathered around Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and got control of the Zimbabwes national television station and other areas of the city. The next day, they issued a statement saying ...

                                               

Zimbabwe Rhodesia

Zimbabwe Rhodesia was an unrecognized state in southern Africa. It replaced the Republic of Rhodesia from 1 June 1979 to 12 December 1979. It was replaced by the re-established British colony of Southern Rhodesia for three months before being rep ...

                                               

Zimmermann Telegram

The Zimmermann Telegram was a telegram sent to Mexico from Germany on January 16, 1917. It was what made America enter World War I. It is named for the German man who sent it, Arthur Zimmermann. Zimmermann was the German Foreign Secretary. Zimmer ...

                                               

Zirid dynasty

Yahya ibn Tamim 1108–1131 Ali ibn Yahya 1115–1121 Abu Qatada Nasir ad-Dawla Badis ibn Mansur 995-1016 Abul-Hasan al-Hasan ibn Ali 1121–1152 Sharaf ad-Dawla al-Muizz ibn Badis 1016–1062 declared independence from the Fatimids 1048, changed capital ...

                                               

Zyklon-B

Zyklon-B was the trade name of a chemical. It was invented to kill insects and other pests, but the Nazis used it to kill human beings during the Holocaust and captured people from Allied countries.

                                               

Empiricism

In philosophy, empiricism is a theory that states that all knowledge comes from experience. Experience is sometimes translated as sense data, i.e. we cannot know anything except by information which comes through our senses. The British philosoph ...

                                               

Equivocation

Equivocation is a fallacy when a word has more than one meaning and the person arguing confuses the multiple meanings of the word to prove an argument correct. For example, "All trees have bark. All dogs bark. Therefore, all dogs are trees." This ...

                                               

Naturalism (philosophy)

Naturalism is "the idea or belief that nothing exists beyond the natural world". It is the belief that "the natural world is the whole of reality". The term was first used this way in English in 1750. It is a kind of philosophy called metaphysica ...

                                               

Pessimism

Pessimism is an attitude of mind and a way to look at life. Pessimists believe that generally things are bad, and the world people live in is the worst possible world. Someone who uses the philosophy is called a pessimist, they are the opposite o ...

                                               

Philosophical zombie

A philosophical zombie is a hypothetical person without qualia. Qualia is the experiences and sensations that someone feels inside. For example, if a philosophical zombie was poked by a sharp object, they would not feel pain but react as if they ...

                                               

Physicalism

Physicalism is the view that everything in the universe is made out of physical matter. Physicalism does not believe in gods, spirits, or other things that are not made of physical material. A person who believes in physicalism is a materialist.

                                               

Pragmatism

                                               

Rationalism

Rationalism is the view that reasoning by itself is a source of knowledge or proof. It is a philosophical movement that began in the 17th century, but the same ideas were also talked about before then. Rationalist philosophers believe that all kn ...

                                               

Skepticism

Skepticism or scepticism refers to any view involving doubt. A doubt about whether we are correct in arguing a certain way. A practical method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt or criticism. An attitude of doubt about whether something exis ...

                                               

Solipsism

Solipsism) is the view that a person has no reason to believe anything exists except their own mind. It is a philosophical position that first appeared in ancient philosophy. It mainly means to reject or doubt that other people exist. Solus and i ...

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