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  • Ursins, Marie-Anne de la Trémoille, princesse des (French noble)

    Marie-Anne de la Trémoille, princess des Ursins, French noblewoman who exercised great influence in the government of Spain between 1701 and 1714, during the period of the War of the Spanish Succession. Ursins moved to Italy with her first husband, and after his death she married an Italian duke,

  • Ursinus (antipope)

    Ursinus, antipope from 366 to 367. After Pope Liberius’ death on Sept. 24, 366, two Roman deacons, Ursinus and St. Damasus I, were simultaneously elected as successors. The small, powerful faction supporting Ursinus gathered in the Basilica Julia, in Rome, where he was apparently consecrated on

  • Ursinus, Fulvius (Italian scholar)

    classical scholarship: Beginnings of modern scholarship: Fulvius Ursinus (1529–1600) built up the Farnese library in Rome, edited the Greek lyric poets, and made important contributions to numismatics and iconography. Carolus Sigonius (1523–84) and Pirro Ligorio (c. 1510–83) were active in the field of history and antiquities, Ligorio producing much genuine material…

  • Ursinus, Zacharias (German theologian)

    Heidelberg Catechism: …of the Palatinate church, and Zacharias Ursinus, a professor of the theological faculty of the University of Heidelberg. It was accepted at the annual synod of the Palatinate church in 1563.

  • Urso (Spain)

    Osuna, town, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain. Osuna lies at the foot of a hill at the edge of an extensive plain, east-southeast of Sevilla city. Of Iberian origin, the town became the Roman Urso and supported Pompey

  • Urso, Camilla (American musician)

    Camilla Urso, American musician who was recognized as one of the finest violinists of the latter half of the 19th century. Urso was the daughter of an Italian flutist and a Portuguese singer. When she was six years old, despite general skepticism about her ability to master a “masculine”

  • Ursona (Spain)

    Osuna, town, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain. Osuna lies at the foot of a hill at the edge of an extensive plain, east-southeast of Sevilla city. Of Iberian origin, the town became the Roman Urso and supported Pompey

  • Ursprache (linguistics)

    linguistics: Development of the comparative method: …were able to reconstruct “ancestral” common forms from which the later forms found in particular languages could be derived. By convention, such reconstructed forms are marked in the literature with an asterisk. Thus, from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word for “ten,” *dekm, it was possible to derive Sanskrit da?a, Greek déka,…

  • Ursprung der Gottesidee, Der (work by Schmidt)

    Wilhelm Schmidt: His major work is Der Ursprung der Gottesidee, 12 vol. (1912–55; “The Origin of the Idea of God”). In this and in his Ursprung und Werden der Religion (1930; The Origin and Growth of Religion), Schmidt maintained that most people around the world believe in a supreme being and…

  • Ursprung der musicalisch-Bachiscen Familie (work by Bach)

    Johann Sebastian Bach: …1735 he drafted a genealogy, Ursprung der musicalisch-Bachischen Familie (“Origin of the Musical Bach Family”), in which he traced his ancestry back to his great-great-grandfather Veit Bach, a Lutheran baker (or miller) who late in the 16th century was driven from Hungary to Wechmar in Thuringia, a historic region of…

  • Ursprung und Beginn der Revolu-tionskriege 1791 und 1792 (work by Ranke)

    Leopold von Ranke: The search for objectivity.: …M?chte und der Fürstenbund, 1871–72; Ursprung und Beginn der Revolutionskriege 1791 und 1792, 1875; Hardenberg und die Geschichte des preussischen Staates von 1793 bis 1813, 1877) are subtle accounts of complex political events but address themselves only indirectly to the central problems of a changing age. Like the Englische Geschichte,…

  • Ursprung und Werden der Religion (work by Schmidt)

    Wilhelm Schmidt: In this and in his Ursprung und Werden der Religion (1930; The Origin and Growth of Religion), Schmidt maintained that most people around the world believe in a supreme being and that many religions outside well-known faiths such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam might correctly be regarded as monotheistic.

  • Ursúa, Pedro de (Spanish explorer)

    Lope de Aguirre: …joined an expedition led by Pedro de Ursúa to find the legendary kingdom of Eldorado, which was thought to be located at the headwaters of the Amazon River. Upon reaching the headwaters, Aguirre incited a rebellion in which Ursúa was killed. He then killed Fernando de Guzmán, who had succeeded…

  • Ursula, Order of Saint (religious order)

    Ursuline, Roman Catholic religious order of women founded at Brescia, Italy, in 1535, by St. Angela Merici. The order was the first institute for women dedicated exclusively to the education of girls. Inspired by a mystical vision that she would found a society of virgins, Angela and 28 companions

  • Ursula, Saint (Christian martyr)

    Saint Ursula, ; feast day October 21), legendary leader of 11 or 11,000 virgins reputedly martyred at Cologne, now in Germany, by the Huns, 4th-century nomadic invaders of southeastern Europe. The story is based on a 4th- or 5th-century inscription from St. Ursula’s Church, Cologne, stating that an

  • Ursulines (religious order)

    Ursuline, Roman Catholic religious order of women founded at Brescia, Italy, in 1535, by St. Angela Merici. The order was the first institute for women dedicated exclusively to the education of girls. Inspired by a mystical vision that she would found a society of virgins, Angela and 28 companions

  • Ursus americanus (mammal)

    Black bear, (Ursus americanus), the most common bear (family Ursidae), found in the forests of North America, including parts of Mexico. The American black bear consists of only one species, but its colour varies, even among members of the same litter. White markings may occur on the chest,

  • Ursus arctos (mammal)

    Brown bear, (Ursus arctos), shaggy-haired bear (family Ursidae) native to Europe, Asia, and northwestern North America. More than 80 forms of the brown bear have been described; they are treated as several subspecies of Ursus arctos. North American brown bears are traditionally called grizzlies

  • Ursus arctos beringianus (mammal)

    brown bear: …(300–550 pounds); the exceptionally large Siberian brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus), weighing as much as 360 kg (800 pounds), approximates the size of the North American grizzly. Coat colour is highly variable, ranging from grayish white through bluish and brownish shades to almost black. Eurasian brown bears are commonly seen…

  • Ursus arctos horribilis (mammal)

    Grizzly bear, traditional name given to brown bears (Ursus arctos) of North America. Grizzly bears of the northern Rocky Mountains (U. arctos horribilis) are classified as a subspecies, as are the huge Kodiak bears of Alaska (U. arctos middendorffi). Grizzlies are massive animals with humped

  • Ursus arctos middendorffi (mammal)

    Kodiak bear, (Ursus arctos middendorffi), variety of grizzly bear found on Kodiak Island, off the coast of Alaska. It is the largest of living land carnivores. See grizzly

  • Ursus gyas (mammal)

    Kodiak bear, (Ursus arctos middendorffi), variety of grizzly bear found on Kodiak Island, off the coast of Alaska. It is the largest of living land carnivores. See grizzly

  • Ursus malayanus (mammal)

    Sun bear, smallest member of the family Ursidae, found in Southeast Asian forests. The bear (Helarctos, or Ursus, malayanus) is often tamed as a pet when young but becomes bad-tempered and dangerous as an adult. It weighs only 27–65 kg (59–143 pounds) and grows 1–1.2 m (3.3–4 feet) long with a

  • Ursus maritimus (mammal)

    Polar bear, (Ursus maritimus), great white northern bear (family Ursidae) found throughout the Arctic region. The polar bear travels long distances over vast desolate expanses, generally on drifting oceanic ice floes, searching for seals, its primary prey. Except for one subspecies of grizzly bear,

  • Ursus middendorffi (mammal)

    Kodiak bear, (Ursus arctos middendorffi), variety of grizzly bear found on Kodiak Island, off the coast of Alaska. It is the largest of living land carnivores. See grizzly

  • Ursus spelaeus (extinct mammal)

    Cave bear, either of two extinct bear species, Ursus spelaeus and U. deningeri, notable for its habit of inhabiting caves, where its remains are frequently preserved. It is best known from late Pleistocene cave deposits (the Pleistocene Epoch lasted from 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago), although

  • Ursus thibetanus (mammal)

    Asiatic black bear, (Ursus thibetanus), member of the bear family (Ursidae) found in the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and parts of eastern Asia, including Japan. The Asiatic black bear is omnivorous, eating insects, fruit, nuts, beehives, small mammals, and birds, as well as carrion. It will

  • urt (Finno-Ugric religion)

    ?rt, in Finno-Ugric religion, a shape or shadow that corresponds to the individual soul. The Mari people believe that the ?rt is “free”—i.e., it can leave the body and wander about during dreams or trance states. The concept of a free soul is common to all Finno-Ugric peoples. The Votyak urt and

  • Urtaku (king of Elam)

    history of Mesopotamia: Esarhaddon: …with Elam against him, but Urtaku of Elam (675–664) signed a peace treaty and freed him for campaigning elsewhere. In 679 he stationed a garrison at the Egyptian border, because Egypt, under the Ethiopian king Taharqa, was planning to intervene in Syria. He put down with great severity a rebellion…

  • Urteil, Das (work by Kafka)

    Franz Kafka: Works: Thus, in The Judgment a son unquestioningly commits suicide at the behest of his aged father. In The Metamorphosis the son, Gregor Samsa, wakes up to find himself transformed into a monstrous and repulsive insect; he slowly dies, not only because of his family’s shame and its…

  • Urtica (plant)

    Urticaceae: …many species—especially the nettles (Urtica), the wood nettles (Laportea), and the Australian stinging trees (Dendrocnide)—have stinging trichomes (plant hairs) that cause a painful rash upon contact. The long fibres in the stems of some species, such as ramie (Boehmeria nivea), are used in the textile industry.

  • Urtica dioica (plant)

    Stinging nettle, (Urtica dioica), weedy perennial plant of the nettle family (Urticaceae), known for its stinging leaves. Stinging nettle is distributed nearly worldwide but is especially common in Europe, North America, North Africa, and parts of Asia. The plant is common in herbal medicine, and

  • Urticaceae (plant family)

    Urticaceae, the nettle family (order Rosales) comprising about 54 genera and 2,625 species of herbs, shrubs, small trees, and a few vines, distributed primarily in tropical regions. The stems and leaves of many species—especially the nettles (Urtica), the wood nettles (Laportea), and the Australian

  • urticaria (dermatology)

    Hives, a hypersensitive skin reaction characterized by the sudden appearance of very itchy, slightly raised, smooth, flat-topped wheals and plaques that are usually redder or paler than the surrounding skin. In the acute form, the skin lesions generally subside in 6 to 24 hours, but they may come

  • urticaria bullosa (dermatology)

    hives: Examples include urticaria bullosa, a rare type of allergic reaction characterized by the appearance of bullae or vesicles (large or small blisters); solar urticaria, produced by exposure to sunlight; and urticaria subcutanea, caused by swelling of the tissues underlying the skin.

  • urticaria subcutanea (dermatology)

    hives: …by exposure to sunlight; and urticaria subcutanea, caused by swelling of the tissues underlying the skin.

  • Urticeae (plant tribe)

    Rosales: Characteristic morphological features: Members of the tribe Urereae (also known as Urticeae) are among the most conspicuous members of the family Urticaceae (the nettle family) because of their stinging hairs. The stings are frequently a short-term irritant, but contact with some species can cause pain or numbness that lasts for several days.…

  • Urticineae (plant suborder)

    Rosales: Characteristic morphological features: …referred to as the suborder Urticineae) are evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs, vines (both woody and herbaceous), or herbs (mostly in the family Urticaceae). They commonly have mucilage cells and canals and often have cystoliths (which probably serve as protection from insects), as in Urticaceae, or laticifers (latex cells), as…

  • urtification (folk medicine)

    stinging nettle: …in a process known as urtification, which is said to stimulate blood flow. Topical creams have also been developed for joint pain and various skin ailments, including eczema and dandruff.

  • urtite (rock)

    ijolite: The rocks known as urtite (Kola Peninsula) and melteigite (near Fen, Nor.) are essentially similar assemblages; in the former, nepheline largely predominates, whereas the latter is a variant with an excessive proportion of pyroxene.

  • Uru (people)

    Lake Titicaca: …of an ancient people, the Uru, still live on floating mats of dried totora (a reedlike papyrus that grows in dense brakes in the marshy shallows). From the totora, the Uru and other lake dwellers make their famed balsas—boats fashioned of bundles of dried reeds lashed together that resemble the…

  • Uruapan (Mexico)

    Uruapan, city, west-central Michoacán estado (state), west-central Mexico. Founded in 1533, Uruapan (from a Tarascan Indian term meaning “where the flowers abound”) is famous for its Spanish colonial atmosphere and colourful lacquerware and Indian handicrafts. It is a rail terminus and agricultural

  • Uruapan del Progreso (Mexico)

    Uruapan, city, west-central Michoacán estado (state), west-central Mexico. Founded in 1533, Uruapan (from a Tarascan Indian term meaning “where the flowers abound”) is famous for its Spanish colonial atmosphere and colourful lacquerware and Indian handicrafts. It is a rail terminus and agricultural

  • Urubamba River (river, Peru)

    Urubamba River, river in the Amazon drainage system, rising in the Andes of southern Peru. It flows for about 450 miles (725 km) to its junction with the Apurímac, where it forms the Ucayali. The upper part of the Urubamba, there called the Vilcanota, flows past the towns of Sicuani, Urcos, and

  • Urucuia (river, Brazil)

    S?o Francisco River: Physiography: …its main left-bank tributaries—the Paracatu, Urucuia, Corrente, and Grande rivers—and its main right-bank tributaries—the Verde Grande, Paramirim, and Jacaré.

  • Uruguaiana (Brazil)

    Uruguaiana, city, western Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It lies along the Uruguay River, across the bridge from the town of Paso de los Libres, Argentina. Founded in 1839 as Sant’ Ana do Uruguai, Uruguaiana was made a town and renamed in 1846; city status was accorded in 1874.

  • Uruguay

    Uruguay, country located on the southeastern coast of South America. The second smallest country on the continent, Uruguay has long been overshadowed politically and economically by the adjacent republics of Brazil and Argentina, with both of which it shares many cultural and historical

  • Uruguay River (river, South America)

    Uruguay River, river in southern South America that rises in the coastal range of southern Brazil. Its chief headstream, the Pelotas River, rises just 40 miles (64 km) from the Atlantic coast at Alto do Bispo in Santa Catarina state, Brazil, and takes the name Uruguay after it is joined by the

  • Uruguay Round (international treaty [1986–1994])

    Cairns Group: …the early phases of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations. The group takes its name from the city of its founding in northeastern Australia and reflects Australia’s prominent role in bringing the group into existence.

  • Uruguay, flag of

    national flag consisting of five white stripes and four blue stripes arranged horizontally and a white canton bearing a golden “Sun of May.” The flag’s width-to-length ratio is 2 to 3.As part of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (formed in 1816), the Banda Oriental—which would eventually

  • Uruguay, history of

    Uruguay: Early period: …the territory that is now Uruguay supported a small population estimated at no more than 5,000 to 10,000. The principal groups were the seminomadic Charrúa, Chaná (Chanáes), and Guaraní Indians. The Guaraní, who were concentrated in the subtropical forests of eastern Paraguay, established some settlements in northern Uruguay. The Charrúa…

  • Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 (aviation and survival incident, Argentina [1972])

    Uruguayan Air Force flight 571, flight of an airplane charted by a Uruguayan amateur rugby team that crashed in the Andes Mountains in Argentina on October 13, 1972, the wreckage of which was not located for more than two months. Of the 45 people aboard the plane, only 16 survived the ordeal. The

  • Uruguayan Socialist Party (political party, Uruguay)

    Tabaré Vázquez: A lifelong militant in the Uruguayan Socialist Party (Partido Socialista del Uruguay; PSU), Vázquez became a member of the party’s Central Committee in 1987. In 1989, as the candidate representing the Broad Front (Frente Amplio; FA), an alliance of leftist parties, he ran successfully for mayor of Montevideo, generally considered…

  • Uruguayana (Brazil)

    Uruguaiana, city, western Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It lies along the Uruguay River, across the bridge from the town of Paso de los Libres, Argentina. Founded in 1839 as Sant’ Ana do Uruguai, Uruguaiana was made a town and renamed in 1846; city status was accorded in 1874.

  • Uruk (ancient city, Iraq)

    Erech, ancient Mesopotamian city located northwest of Ur (Tall Al-Muqayyar) in southeastern Iraq. The site has been excavated from 1928 onward by the German Oriental Society and the German Archeological Institute. Erech was one of the greatest cities of Sumer and was enclosed by brickwork walls

  • Uruk Vase (Mesopotamian art)

    Mesopotamian religion: The literary legacy: myth and epic: The Uruk Vase, with its representation of the rite of the sacred marriage, the Naram-Sin stela (inscribed commemorative pillar), the Ur-Nammu stela, and the stela with the Code of Hammurabi (Babylonian king, 18th century bce), which shows at its top the royal lawgiver before the sun…

  • Uruk-Jamdat Nasr Period (Mesopotamian history)

    Mesopotamian art and architecture: Architecture: …architectural design during this so-called Protoliterate period (c. 3400–c. 2900 bce) are recognizable in the construction of religious buildings. There is, however, one temple, at Abū Shahrayn (ancient Eridu), that is no more than a final rebuilding of a shrine the original foundation of which dates back to the beginning…

  • UruKAgina (king of Lagash)

    history of Mesopotamia: Emergent city-states: …the period of Lugalanda and UruKAgina (first half of the 24th century). For generations, Lagash and Umma contested the possession and agricultural usufruct of the fertile region of Gu’edena. To begin with, some two generations before Ur-Nanshe, Mesilim (another “king of Kish”) had intervened as arbiter and possibly overlord in…

  • Urukug (ancient city, Iraq)

    Bau: …Mesopotamian religion, city goddess of Urukug in the Lagash region of Sumer and, under the name Nininsina, the Queen of Isin, city goddess of Isin, south of Nippur. In Nippur she was called Ninnibru, Queen of Nippur.

  • ürümchi (China)

    ürümqi, city and capital of the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, northwestern China. The city (whose name in Uighur means “fine pasture”) is situated in a fertile belt of oases along the northern slope of the eastern Tien (Tian) Shan range. ürümqi commands the northern end of a gap leading from

  • Urumchi (China)

    ürümqi, city and capital of the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, northwestern China. The city (whose name in Uighur means “fine pasture”) is situated in a fertile belt of oases along the northern slope of the eastern Tien (Tian) Shan range. ürümqi commands the northern end of a gap leading from

  • Urūmiyeh (Iran)

    Orūmīyeh, city, capital of West āz?arbāyjān province, northwestern Iran. It lies just west of Lake Urmia on a large fertile plain that yields grains, fruits, tobacco, and other crops. The population is mainly Azeri Turkish, with Kurdish, Assyrian Christian, and Armenian minorities. The remains of

  • Urumqi (China)

    ürümqi, city and capital of the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, northwestern China. The city (whose name in Uighur means “fine pasture”) is situated in a fertile belt of oases along the northern slope of the eastern Tien (Tian) Shan range. ürümqi commands the northern end of a gap leading from

  • ürümqi (China)

    ürümqi, city and capital of the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, northwestern China. The city (whose name in Uighur means “fine pasture”) is situated in a fertile belt of oases along the northern slope of the eastern Tien (Tian) Shan range. ürümqi commands the northern end of a gap leading from

  • Urundi (historical territory, Africa)

    Ruanda-Urundi, twin territory in central East Africa that was administered by Belgium from 1922 to 1962 and which thereafter became the independent states of Rwanda and Burundi (qq.v.). After World War I, in 1922, with an adjustment of frontiers, a slice of what had been formerly German East

  • Urupês (work by Monteiro Lobato)

    Brazilian literature: Modernismo and regionalism: …Lobato’s short stories, collected in Urupês (1918; “Urupês”). Faced with the paucity of Brazilian books for young readers, Lobato also wrote 17 volumes of children’s stories and is considered a master of juvenile literature.

  • Urusalim (Middle East)

    Jerusalem, ancient city of the Middle East that since 1967 has been wholly under the rule of the State of Israel. Long an object of veneration and conflict, the holy city of Jerusalem has been governed, both as a provincial town and a national capital, by an extended series of dynasties and states.

  • urushiol (oil)

    immune system disorder: Contact hypersensitivity and dermatitis: It secretes an oil called urushiol, which is also produced by poison oak (T. diversilobum), the poison primrose (Primula obconica), and the lacquer tree (T. vernicifluum). When urushiol comes in contact with the skin, it initiates the contact hypersensitivity reaction.

  • Urvashi Won by Valour (drama by Kalidasa)

    Vikramorvashi, (Sanskrit: “Urvashi Won by Valour”) drama by Kalidasa written in the 5th century ce. The subject of the play is the love of a mortal for a divine maiden. The play contains a well-known “mad scene” (Act IV) in which the king, grief-stricken, wanders through a lovely forest

  • Urville, Jules-Sébastien-Céasar Dumont d’ (French explorer)

    Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville, French navigator who commanded voyages of exploration to the South Pacific (1826–29) and the Antarctic (1837–40), resulting in extensive revisions of existing charts and discovery or redesignation of island groups. In 1820, while on a charting survey of the

  • ?Urwah ibn al-Zubayr (companion of Mu?ammad)

    Al-Zubayr: …dedicated to the memory of Zubayr, one of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad who was killed in the Battle of the Camel (656), fought outside the town walls. Over the centuries the city of Basra moved progressively eastward in its search for water, each time abandoning the western quarters,…

  • ?Urwat al-wuthqa, al- (publication by Afghānī)

    Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī: …?Abduh, published an anti-British newspaper, Al-?Urwat al-wuthqā (“The Indissoluble Link”), which claimed (falsely) to be in touch with and have influence over the Sudanese Mahdī, a messianic bearer of justice and equality expected by some Muslims in the last days. He also engaged Ernest Renan, the French historian and philosopher,…

  • Ury, John (American educator)

    New York slave rebellion of 1741: …including a Latin teacher named John Ury who was accused of using his Catholic faith to influence the rebellion. By the end of summer, the hysteria had died down and the accusations stopped.

  • Uryankhai (people)

    Tyvan, any member of an ethnolinguistic group inhabiting the autonomous republic of Tyva (Tuva) in south-central Russia; the group also constitutes a small minority in the northwestern part of Mongolia. The Tyvans are a Turkic-speaking people with Mongol influences. They live among the headwaters

  • Urzana (king of Mu?a?ir)

    Mu?a?ir: …plundered the palace storerooms of Urzana, king of Mu?a?ir, and then seized the even richer contents of the temple of the god Haldi.

  • Us (film by Peele [2019])

    Lupita Nyong'o: …included Jordan Peele’s horror film Us, in which she starred as the mother of a family whose home is invaded by violent doppelg?ngers, and the zombie comedy Little Monsters. Also that year she reprised her role as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

  • Us (American magazine)

    Us Weekly, American celebrity-news magazine published in New York City. Founded as Us by the New York Times Co. in 1977, the magazine was sold to MacFadden Holdings, Inc., and Warner Communications Inc. in 1980. American publishing mogul Jann Wenner (owner of Wenner Media, which also published

  • US (psychology)

    conditioning: …to food, which is the unconditioned stimulus (US).

  • US Airways (American company)

    US Airways, former American airline that was incorporated on March 5, 1937, as All American Aviation, Inc. It underwent numerous name changes before becoming US Airways in 1997. In 2015, two years after announcing plans to merge with American Airlines, the carrier flew its last flight. The company

  • Us Weekly (American magazine)

    Us Weekly, American celebrity-news magazine published in New York City. Founded as Us by the New York Times Co. in 1977, the magazine was sold to MacFadden Holdings, Inc., and Warner Communications Inc. in 1980. American publishing mogul Jann Wenner (owner of Wenner Media, which also published

  • Us, the Entertainment Magazine (American magazine)

    Us Weekly, American celebrity-news magazine published in New York City. Founded as Us by the New York Times Co. in 1977, the magazine was sold to MacFadden Holdings, Inc., and Warner Communications Inc. in 1980. American publishing mogul Jann Wenner (owner of Wenner Media, which also published

  • US-RDA (political party, Mali)

    Modibo Keita: …and became secretary-general of the Sudanese Union. In 1946 the Sudanese Union merged with another anticolonial party, the African Democratic Rally, to form the US-RDA. Keita was briefly imprisoned by the French in 1946. Two years later, however, he won a seat in the territorial assembly of French Sudan, and…

  • USA (religious organization)

    United Synagogue of America (USA), central federation of some 835 Conservative Jewish congregations located in the United States and Canada. It was organized in 1913 by Solomon Schechter, a Talmudic scholar and spokesman for the Conservative movement. To assist and increase individual participation

  • Usa (Kyushu, Japan)

    Usa, city, ōita ken (prefecture), northern Kyushu, Japan; it lies 24 miles (39 km) northwest of the prefectural capital ōita. The city developed around the site of the first and most famous of shrines dedicated to the Shintō god Hachiman, Usa Hachiman Shrine, which dates to about 717–724. An annual

  • USA for Africa (benefit concert)

    Live Aid: …among these was Quincy Jones’s USA for Africa, which hinged on the recording of “We Are the World” in January 1985. The success of Band Aid and USA for Africa inspired Geldof and Ure to stage a fund-raising event that was described as a “global jukebox,” collecting dozens of acts…

  • USA FREEDOM Act (United States [2015])

    United States: Normalizing relations with Cuba, the USA FREEDOM Act, and the Office of Personnel Management data breach: …June the Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Act, which curtailed the government’s authority to collect data and made the process by which it requested data through the national security court more transparent. The legislation replaced the USA PATRIOT Act, which had been enacted in the interest of national security in…

  • USA Networks, Inc. (American company)

    Barry Diller: The following year USAI became IAC/InterActiveCorp, which operated such Web sites as Ask.com and the online dating service Match.com. In 2010 Diller stepped down as CEO, though he continued as chairman.

  • USA PATRIOT Act (United States [2001])

    USA PATRIOT Act, U.S. legislation, passed by Congress in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush in October 2001, that significantly expanded the search and surveillance powers of federal law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. The USA

  • USA Today (American newspaper)

    USA Today, National U.S. daily general-interest newspaper, the first of its kind. Launched in 1982 by Allen Neuharth, head of the Gannett newspaper chain, it reached a circulation of one million within a year and surpassed two million in the 1990s. Initially considered gimmicky and insubstantial,

  • USA Volleyball (American organization)

    volleyball: History: …1928 the USVBA—now known as USA Volleyball (USAV)—has conducted annual national men’s and senior men’s (age 35 and older) volleyball championships, except during 1944 and 1945. Its women’s division was started in 1949, and a senior women’s division (age 30 and older) was added in 1977. Other national events in…

  • USA Water Ski (sports organization)

    waterskiing: USA Water Ski, founded in 1939, with headquarters at Winter Haven, Fla., sponsors and promotes both recreational and competitive waterskiing and is the governing body for competitive waterskiing standards in the United States. The association certifies performance records and levels of achievement, grants awards, and…

  • USA/ABF (sports organization, United States)

    boxing: Amateur boxing: The United States of America Amateur Boxing Federation (now USA Boxing), which governs American amateur boxing, was formed after the 1978 passage of a law forbidding the AAU to govern more than one Olympic sport.

  • USAA (American company)

    Eileen Collins: …joined the board of the United Services Automobile Association.

  • USAASC (United States Army)

    the United States Army: Administrative structure: The United States Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is a DRU that oversees the conceptualization, development, and acquisition of military systems. The United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) maintains services and facilities for army personnel and their families.

  • USAC (American racing organization)

    Indianapolis 500: …under the aegis of the United States Auto Club (USAC). A rival open-wheel racing series known as Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) was formed in 1979. By the mid-1990s CART had successfully replaced USAC as the leading power in IndyCar racing. In 1996 speedway owner Tony George formed the Indy…

  • USACE (United States Army corps)

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, combatant arm and a technical service of the United States Army. Alone among the armed services it engages in extensive civil as well as military activities. The army’s first engineer officers were appointed by George Washington in 1775, and in 1802 the Corps of

  • USACIDC (United States Army)

    the United States Army: Administrative structure: The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) is responsible for all criminal investigations that are conducted by the army, including those overseas. It operates a criminal intelligence element. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a DRU responsible for both military engineering projects…

  • USADA (American organization)

    Lance Armstrong: Doping investigations and ban: …June of that year the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) alleged that Armstrong and five of his associates—three doctors, a manager, and a trainer—had been part of a decadelong doping conspiracy beginning in the late 1990s. According to USADA, Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs—including erythropoietin (EPO) and human growth hormone—and distributed drugs…

  • USAF (United States military)

    The United States Air Force, one of the major components of the United States armed forces, with primary responsibility for air warfare, air defense, and the development of military space research. The Air Force also provides air services in coordination with the other military branches. U.S.

  • usage labeling (lexicography)

    dictionary: Usage labels: Part of the information that a dictionary should give concerns the restrictions and constraints on the use of words, commonly called usage labelling. There is great variation in language use in many dimensions—temporal, geographical, and cultural. The people who make a two-part division…

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