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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 Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) Army, the Communists, led by Mao Zedong, retreated some 6,000 mi (9,660 km) in 370 days. Though the Long March was technically a tactical defeat, it allowed the Communists to avoid destruction. Mao'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?




A mondegreen is a series of words that result from the mishearing of a statement or lyric, creating an often humorous new meaning for the original phrase. Perhaps one of the most famous mondegreens is the misinterpretation of the line "there's a bad moon on the rise" in Creedence Clearwater Revival's song "Bad Moon Rising" as "there's a bathroom on the right." The word "mondegreen" was coined in 1954 by writer Sylvia Wright and is itself a mondegreen. From what misheard phrase did it originate?

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David Ben-Gurion

Ben-Gurion was a statesman and one of the founders of the state of Israel. Born in Russian Poland, he witnessed the persecution of the minority Jewish population and vowed to work toward an independent Jewish state. A founder and leader of the Mapai labor party and an early leader of the trade union Histadrut, he became the first prime minister of the state of Israel. What was Ben-Gurion's stance on the King David hotel bombing perpetrated by the Irgun Zionist group?

Last updated on Friday, 16th October 2009

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