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Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China

Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei's 1972 visit to China culminated in the signing of the Joint Communique, a historic document that ended nearly 80 years of enmity and friction between the two states. In the statement, Tokyo recognized the government of the People's Republic as the sole representative and legal government of China, while China waived its demand for war indemnities from Japan at the intergovernmental level. What was the total dollar amount of these reparations claims?



The 1976 Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping

Chowchilla is a small California town that made national headlines when kidnappers took control of a school bus full of children. The 26 children and their bus driver, Ed Ray, were driven around in 2 vans for 11 hours before being forced into a moving van that had been buried in a quarry. After 16 hours underground, Ray and some of the children managed to dig their way out. All emerged and were soon safely returned home. What technique enabled Ray to recall the kidnappers' license plate number?

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Miguel de Cervantes

Cervantes was a Spanish author best known for Don Quixote de la Mancha, his novel about an aging “knight.” A superb burlesque of the popular romances of chivalry, the work was an enormous success and has had an indelible effect on the development of the European novel. Cervantes himself led an eventful life; he was imprisoned several times, captured by pirates, and sold as a slave. What statesman is said to have learned Spanish so that he could read Don Quixote in the original?

Last updated on Saturday, 29th September 2007

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