" A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. "
William Shakespeare

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Battle of Britain Is Won

The Battle of Britain was the first major failure of the Germans in WWII. The Royal Air Force (RAF), outgunned and outmanned, defeated the German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler's plan for an amphibious invasion, which he had hoped would put a quick end to the war. The event was not only a testament to the courage of British pilots, but it also marked the first time a major battle was fought entirely in the air. What technology was used for the first time during this battle?



Elie Wiesel

Wiesel is an author, political activist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 16, he was imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, where his family perished. After the war, he studied at the Sorbonne and later settled in the US. His extensive works, including his most famous novel, Night, focus on keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. For years after the war, however, Wiesel refused to write about his experiences. What encounter changed his mind?

Born on a day like today


Chiang Kai-shek

Chiang Kai-shek was an influential Chinese nationalist leader of the 20th century. During the Chinese Civil Wars of 1926-1949, he led the conservative Kuomintang (KMT) party in an attempt to eradicate the Chinese Communists. He ultimately failed, and his government was forced to retreat to Taiwan, where he continued serving as the President of the Republic of China and Director-General of the KMT for the remainder of his life. He used several names throughout his life; what were they?

Last updated on Tuesday, 31st October 2006

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