Western Culture

Famous Non-English TV Shows

Children’s Shows The Moomins (1969-73, 1977-82, 1980-83, 1990-92, 2019) Sweden, Japan and various countries Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (1981-82) Spanish/Japanese Around the World with Willy Fog (1983) Spanish/Japanese The Transformers (1984-87) Japanese Pingu (1986-2000) Switzerland

Famous US TV Shows

The Arts American Bandstand (1952-89) Street Magic (1997) Soul Train (1971-2006) Children’s Looney Tunes (1930-69) Double Dare (1986-93, 2000) Tom and Jerry (1940-67) Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (1986-90) The Gumby Show (1955-68, 1987-88) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-96) Felix the Cat (1958-62) DuckTales (1987-90) The Banana Splits (1968-70, 2008) The Adventures of…

Times University Rankings

The Times newspaper’s annual university rankings, compiled by Mayfield University Consultants, measures entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, and graduate prospects in order to give an overall score.

Ivy League Universities

The Ivy League is a collection of 8 north-east American universities whose sports teams play in a college league. However, due to the high academic standards of these schools, the term has become associated with academic excellence in the country. Brown University Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth College Harvard University…

Sir Isaac Newton

When did he live? Isaac Newton was born on December 25th 1642 in Lincolnshire, England. He died on March 20th 1727 at the age of 84. Listen Why is he famous? Isaac Newton was a world-famous mathematician and scientist whose theories changed much of the understanding of how physical forces…

The 100 Most Influential Figures in American History

In 2006, The Atlantic magazine asked 10 eminent historians to compile a list of the most influential figures in US history. 1. Abraham Lincoln (lawyer, statesman, President) 2. George Washington (military general, revolutionary, Founding Father, President) 3. Thomas Jefferson (Founding Father, statesman, President) 4. Franklin D. Roosevelt (statesman, President) 5.…

Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night, also called Bonfire Night, is celebrated on November 5th in the UK. Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Him and twelve others (led by Robert Catesby) were Catholics who wanted to kill the Protestant king of England, James I. They planted gunpowder…

Edward VIII

When did he live? Edward David was born on June 23rd 1894. He died on May 28th 1972 in Paris. Why is he famous? Edward became King Edward VIII on January 20th 1936 after the death of his father George V. 326 days later, on December 11th, he abdicated, the…

John Lennon

When did he live? John Lennon was born on October 9th 1940 in Liverpool. He was killed on December 8th 1980 in New York. Why is he famous? Lennon was a member of The Beatles, one of the most successful bands in history. Together with Paul McCartney he wrote numerous…

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