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Chinese Communist Army Begins the Long March

The Long March was a crucial event in the rise of the Chinese Communist state. Facing annihilation from Chang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) Army, the Communists retreated some 8,000 km (4,960 miles) in 370 days. Although a tactical defeat, the retreat allowed Communist forces to avoid destruction while the KMT battled the Japanese. Mao Zedong's forces later regrouped and defeated the KMT after World War II. What were the Eight Points of Attention followed by the soldiers during the Long March?



La Brea Tar Pits

This famous cluster of tar pits is located in Los Angeles, California. Once used as a source of asphalt by early settlers of the Los Angeles area, the pits are now known to contain a large number of mammal fossils from the last ice age. Among the prehistoric species associated with the La Brea Tar Pits are the mammoth, the dire wolf, the short-faced bear, the ground sloth, and the state fossil of California, the saber-toothed cat. What is a tar pit, and how does it form?

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David Ben-Gurion

Ben-Gurion was an Israeli statesman and one of the founders of the state of Israel. Born in Russian Poland, he witnessed the religious persecution of the minority Jewish population and vowed to work toward an independent Jewish state. A founder and leader of the Labor (Mapai) party and an early leader of the trade union Histadrut, he became the first prime minister of the state of Israel. What is Kibbutz Sde-Boker, and what did Ben-Gurion hope it would help accomplish?

Last updated on Monday, 16th October 2006

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