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Battle of Britain Is Won

The Battle of Britain was the first major German failure 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?



Yangtze River

Known in China as Chang Jiang, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. Originating in a mountain glacier on the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau, the river flows eastward and meets up with the East China Sea at Shanghai. Heavily traveled and highly polluted, the Yangtze is home to at least two endangered species: the Chinese Alligator and the Chinese Paddlefish. What animal was reportedly seen in the river after its species was declared extinct in 2006?

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Chiang Kai-shek

Chiang Kai-shek was an influential Chinese Nationalist leader who led the Kuomintang (KMT) party in an attempt to eradicate the Chinese Communists during the Chinese Civil War of 1927-1949. He ultimately failed, and his government retreated to Taiwan, where he served as the president of the Republic of China and director-general of the KMT for the rest of his life. Along with his wife, he was chosen as Time magazine's "Person of the Year" in 1937. Who was chosen the next year?

Last updated on Friday, 31st October 2008

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