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- 10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus
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- The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America
- Iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel Changes Hands
- 10 Things You May Not Know About Sigmund Freud
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Claude Choules, a resident of Australia who also served during World War II, died Thursday at 110.
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