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Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg

Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg was a German princess and Queen of Sweden as the consort of King Gustav II Adolph. She was a daughter of John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg, Anna, Duchess of Prussia, daughter of Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia. In 1620, Maria Eleonora married Gustavus Adolphus with her mother's consent, but against the will of her brother George William, Elector of Brandenburg, who had just succeeded her father, she bore her husband a daughter, Christina in 1626. In 1616, the 22-year-old Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden started looking for a Protestant bride, he had since 1613 tried to get his mother's permission to marry the noblewoman Ebba Brahe, but this was not allowed, he had to give up his wishes to marry her, though he continued to be in love with her. He received reports with the most flattering descriptions of the physical and mental qualities of the beautiful 17-year-old princess Maria Eleonora. Elector John Sigismund was favorably inclined towards the Swedish king, but he had become infirm after an apoplectic stroke in the autumn of 1617.

His determined Prussian wife showed a strong dislike for this Swedish suitor, because Prussia was a Polish fief and the Polish King Sigismund III Vasa still resented his loss of Sweden to Gustavus Adolphus' father Charles IX. Maria Eleonora had additional suitors in the young William of Orange, Wladislaw Vasa of Poland, Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg and the future Charles I of England. Maria Eleonora's brother George William was flattered by the offer of the British Crown Prince and proposed their younger sister Catherine as a more suitable wife for the Swedish king. Maria Eleonora, seems to have had a preference for Gustavus Adolphus. For him it was a matter of honour to acquire the hand of none other, he had the rooms of his castle in Stockholm redecorated and started making preparations to leave for Berlin to press his suit in person, when a letter arrived from Maria Eleonora's mother to his mother. The Electress demanded in no uncertain terms that the Queen Dowager should prevent her son's journey, as "being prejudicial to Brandenburg's interests in view of the state of war existing between Sweden and Poland".

Her husband, she wrote, was "so enfeebled in will by illness that he could be persuaded to agree to anything if it tended to the destruction of the country". It was a rebuff; the Elector John Sigismund, Maria Eleonora's father, died on 23 December 1619, the prospect of a Swedish marriage seemed gone with him. In the spring of 1620, stubborn Gustavus Adolphus arrived in Berlin; the Electress Dowager maintained an attitude of reserve and refused to grant the Swedish king a personal meeting with Maria Eleonora. All those who were present, noticed the princess's interest in the young king. Afterwards, Gustavus Adolphus made a round of other Protestant German courts with the professed intention of inspecting a few matrimonial alternatives. On his return to Berlin, the Electress Dowager seems to have become captivated by the charming Swedish king. After plighting his troth to Maria Eleonora, Gustavus Adolphus hurried back to Sweden to make arrangements for the reception of his bride; the new Elector, George William, who resided in Prussia, was appalled when he heard of his mother's independent action.

He wrote to Gustavus Adolphus to refuse his consent to the marriage until Sweden and Poland had settled their differences. It was the Electress Dowager, who, in accordance with Hohenzollern family custom, had the last word in bestowing her daughter's hand in marriage, she sent Maria Eleonora to territory outside of George William's reach and concluded the marriage negotiations herself. Anna of Prussia provided herself with a selection of objects of value from the exchequer before she joined Maria Eleonora in Brunswick. A detachment of the Swedish fleet took the women over to Kalmar, where Gustavus Adolphus was impatiently awaiting them; the wedding took place in Stockholm on 25 November 1620. A comedy was performed based on the history of Olof Skötkonung. Gustavus Adolphus - in his own words - "had a Brandenburg lady in his marriage bed". Anna of Prussia stayed with her daughter in Sweden for several years after the marriage. Gustavus Adolphus shared Maria Eleonora's interest in architecture and her love of music, while she was sentimentally devoted to her husband.

She lamented that she never had her hero for herself. Foreign ambassadors found her gracious and beautiful and she had good taste, although her character showed some extravagant traits. Maria Eleonora had a definite liking for entertainment and sweetmeats, she soon succumbed to the current fashionable craze for buffoons and dwarfs, she spoke French, the court language of the age, but never bothered to learn to write German or Swedish correctly. Within six months of their marriage, Gustavus Adolphus left to command the siege of Riga, leaving Maria Eleonora in the early stages of her first pregnancy, she lived in the company of her German ladies-in-waiting and had difficulty in adapting herself to the Swedish people and climate. She disliked sombre forests and wooded houses, roofed with turf, she pined for her husband. A year after their wedding she had a miscarriage and became ill, she was tempestuous, excessive and jealous. She was given to harsh language, she did not spare her husband when strangers were present.

Her emotional life lacked balance, everything Maria Eleonora undertook on her own initiative needed careful watching. Soon Gustavus Adolphus' intimates knew that his married life was a source of anxiety. In the autumn of 1623 Maria Eleonora gave b

GAS Kilkis

GAS Kilkis is a Greek handball club based in Kilkis. It has played in A1 ethniki many consecutive years, it has won one cup, in 2004. The home arena of the club is the municipal gymnasium of Kilkis and the club's colours are blue and red. GAS Kilkis was founded in 1980. Few year it promoted to A1 Ethniki and the 1993-94 season played in the final of the championship. Overall, GAS Kilkis has played three times in the finals of the championship and ranked in 2nd place, the years 1994, 2000 and 2008, it has won one Greek cup in 2004 and two times it was a Greek cup finalist. The previous year GAS Kilkis relegated to A2 Ethniki, finished in 11th place of the championship; the club has youth teams, two of them, the Men's U-16 team and women U-16 team have won the championship in 1990. Greek Handball Cup Winner: 2004 Finalist: 1999, 2005 Greek Handball Championship Finalist: 1994, 2000, 2008

Atul Debbarma

Atul Debbarma is an Indian doctor-turned-politician and author. He was a practicing doctor in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi until December 2017, he became involved with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its different wings such as Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and Vivekananda International Foundation in 2007. He won the Tripura Assembly Elections 2018 as the BJP candidate from Krishnapur constituency. Atul Debbarma was born in Tripura to Ishwar Chandra Debbarma and Bidya Laxmi Debbarma, he graduated from High School and Higher Secondary School from Tripura Board of Secondary Education in first division. He earned a Diploma in Child Health from Nagpur University, he holds an LL. B degree from Delhi University, he worked as a Medical Officer in a Mobile Health Team in Tripura ADC government from 1991-1992 during which he toured throughout the state. He joined the Municipal Corporation of Delhi as a Medical Officer in December 1992 through CMSE conducted by UPSC, he voluntarily retired from his post of Chief Medical Officer, Senior Administrative Grade in December 2017.

During his 25 years of service, he underwent many trainings from institutions including LBS National Academy of Administration, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Central Health Education Bureau, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare. Debbarma associated himself with nationalist ideology in 1992 and became affiliated to BJP, he became an active member of RSS and has been associated with its different wings since 2007. He founded many organizations pertaining to the cultural and social awakening of Tripuri people: Delhi Tripura Society, New Delhi – a social platform of Tripuri people residing in Delhi and NCR region. Tripur Kshatriya Samaj, Agartala – a socio-cultural platform of Tripuri community to safeguard and practice Tripuri community’s social values, tradition and heritage. Panch Tripur Sangh, Agartala – a socio-cultural umbrella organization comprising representatives of various tribal communities of Tripura including Jamatia, Kaipeng, Molsom.

Tripur Sanatan Hindu Sangh, Agartala - a religious organization comprising saints, sadhus and heads of ashrams and temples. Subrai Mission Trust, Agartala – a charitable organization to serve under-privileged people via health and philanthropic activities. Subrai Vidya Mandir, Agartala – an English Medium School with hostel facility for tribal boys and girls established near Agartala, where modern education is imparted along with Indian values; the school educates students up till 8th standard. Three branches of Subrai Vidya Mandir are running in rural areas, he has been supported activities such as distributing free medicines, giving health talks and distributing blankets to the underprivileged as part of free medical camps in rural areas. He organized events such as free yoga camps to promote cultural awakening among the youth, he has written a novel 1980 in Kokborok. He published a Kokborok translation of the Bhagavad Gita with in-depth analysis, he translated the Tripur Samhita to Kokborok.

Another novel Mungkwrwi and a Kokborok translation of Gitanjali, though completed, are yet to be published. Among non-fictional works, he has written various essays, critical analyses and debates on issues on culture, customs and spirituality in local dailies and periodicals in Kokborok and English. In 2001, he hoisted website www.tripura.org.in which provides in-depth information on various aspects of Tripura. He has 3 younger siblings - 2 brothers, he is married to Madhabi Debbarma Chief Medical Officer in MCD, since 1993 and has 2 daughters. His novel 1980 was praised by critics, it has been included in the curriculum of Tripura University. He was awarded the Radha Mohan Thakur Literary Award and the Salil Krishna Debbarman Memorial Award by Tripura Government in 2006 for this novel. Saikia, Arunabh. "With Tripura in the bag, the BJP must now decide on a chief minister for the state". Scroll.in. Retrieved 11 May 2018. "Who Will be Tripura's Next CM? Biplab Deb, Former Gym Instructor, the Frontrunner".

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1994 NFL Draft

The 1994 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting; the draft was held April 24 -- 1994, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City, New York. The league held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season; this was the first draft. The highlight of ESPN's coverage of this draft was a verbal altercation between ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. and Indianapolis Colts' GM Bill Tobin. While disputing the Colts pick of linebacker Trev Alberts of Nebraska, Tobin famously said to the ESPN crew "Who in the hell is Mel Kiper, anyway? I mean, here's a guy who criticizes everybody, whoever they take. In my knowledge of him, he's never put on a jockstrap, he's never been a player, he's never been a coach, he's never been a scout, he's never been an administrator, all of a sudden, he's an expert. Mel Kiper has no more credentials to do what he's doing than my neighbor, my neighbor's a postman and he doesn't have season tickets to the NFL."

Alberts is considered a draft bust with just four sacks in three seasons. This was the final draft for both Los Angeles football teams for over two decades. In the explanations below, denotes trades that took place during the 1994 Draft, while indicates trades completed pre-draft. Round one Round two Round three Round four Round five Round six Round seven Marshall Faulk, running back from San Diego State, drafted 1st round 2nd overall by Indianapolis Colts. Inducted: class of 2011Larry Allen, offensive guard from Sonoma State, drafted 2nd round 46th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Inducted: class of 2013Kurt Warner, quarterback from University of Northern Iowa, undrafted. Inducted: class of 2017Kevin Mawae, offensive lineman from Louisiana State University, drafted 2nd round 36th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. Inducted: Class of 2019Isaac Bruce, wide receiver from University of Memphis, drafted 2nd round 33rd overall by the Los Angeles Rams. Inducted: Class of 2020 NFL.com – 1994 Draft databaseFootball.com – 1994 Draft Pro Football Hall of Fame "Mel Kiper And The Crazy Feud That Changed the TV Draft Forever".

NFL Films. April 23, 2018 – via YouTube

Swimming at the 2015 Pan American Games – Women's 100 metre butterfly

The women's 100 metre butterfly competition of the swimming events at the 2015 Pan American Games took place on July 16 at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House in Toronto, Canada. The defending Pan American Games champion was Claire Donahue of the United States; this race consisted of two lengths of all lengths in butterfly. The top eight swimmers from the heats would qualify for the A final, while the next best eight swimmers would qualify for the B final. Prior to this competition, the existing world and Pan American Games records were as follows: The following new records were set during this competition; each National Olympic Committee was able to enter up to two entrants providing they had met the A standard in the qualifying period. NOCs were permitted to enter one athlete providing they had met the B standard in the same qualifying period. All other competing athletes were entered as universality spots. All times are Eastern Time Zone; the first round was held on July 16.

The B final was held on July 16. The A final was held on July 16

Joey Travolta

Joseph Anthony "Joey" Travolta is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He is the older brother of actor John Travolta. Travolta, one of six children, was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, an inner-ring suburb of New York City, where he attended Dwight Morrow High School, his father, Salvatore Travolta, was a semi-professional football player turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company. His mother, Helen Cecilia, 38 when Travolta was born, was an actress and singer who had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher, his father was a second-generation Italian American and his mother was Irish American. He attended Shepherd University in West Virginia and graduated from Paterson State College, now William Paterson University, with a degree in special education. Travolta began a singing career in 1978 as a recording artist on Casablanca Records, releasing his eponymous album; the following year he made his acting debut starring in the feature film Sunnyside for Filmways Productions.

He became a guest star in the 1980s television show Simon & Simon. Additional acting credits include work with director John Landis on multiple feature film projects: Beverly Hills Cop III, Susan's Plan, he was a series regular on the WB television hit Movie Stars. Stage performances include starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie and Dolls, West Side Story, he directed Diva Las Vegas in 1989, which went on to win the Italian Funny Film Festival. In 1991, Joey Travolta starred in Da Vinci's War, he produced and starred in the sequel, To the Limit. He made directing his main priority in 1994, he directed the action thrillers Navajo Blues. Subsequent titles include Earth Minus Zero, Laws of Deception, Mel, Enemies of Laughter, Waiting to Live. For television audiences he directed the police drama L. A. Heat, Friday Night After the Movies, the syndicated Disney series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, he has directed music videos as well such as Aqua's Doctor Jones and Latvia's entry, in Eurovision Song Contest 2008, Pirates of the Sea.

Travolta has gained national acclaim for his mission of helping students develop self-esteem and creativity through acting and digital film making. He founded Inclusion Films, which involve individuals with special needs in the process of making films; the first of these, Sweet Sixteen, was made in 2008. In late 2009, Travolta hired filmmaker Tyler Norman to write and direct Inclusion's second film, Spud. Travolta's students crewed the film, which took numerous festival awards. Shortly thereafter, the third film Accidents was completed, he has collaborated with a non-profit organization called HEAL, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to form another film camp in association with Inclusion Films and Jacksonville-based Filmlab Productions, called the HEAL Film Camp with Joey Travolta. In 2019, Travolta directed a film called Carol of the Bells that won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the San Diego International Film Festival. Joey Travolta is married to Wendy Shawn and they have one daughter, Rachel.

Joey Travolta on IMDb Interview with Joey Travolta about autism and Normal People Scare Me