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Churchill Proposes Creation of Council of Europe

Speaking at the University of Zurich, Winston Churchill implored European states to establish a "United States of Europe" to settle regional differences and promote understanding in the wake of World War II. His speech helped prompt the creation of the Council of Europe in 1949. Open to all European nations that accept the rule of law and guarantee human rights and freedoms to their citizens, the Council today is comprised of 47 member states. Which European states have not joined?



The P-51 Mustang

A single-seat, single-engine monoplane produced for Britain's Royal Air Force and later adopted by the US Air Force, the P-51 Mustang was a fighter aircraft that played a significant part in defeating the German Luftwaffe during World War II. Originally equipped with eight machine guns and a camera for reconnaissance, the P-51 was a superb long-range fighter with a maximum speed of 390 mph (630 km/h). Though eventually replaced by jet fighters, P-51s were used in some air forces until when?

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Mika Waltari

Waltari was a prolific Finnish author, best known for the 1945 historical novel The Egyptian, which chronicles the rise and fall of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and was hailed by Egyptologists for its historical accuracy. Its theme of corruption of humanist values in a materialist world was curiously topical in the aftermath of World War II, and the book became an international bestseller, serving as the basis for the 1954 Hollywood movie of the same name. How many novels did Waltari write?

Last updated on Saturday, 19th September 2009

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