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Mao Zedong, the Long March and Chinese Civil War

On Oct. 16 in 1934 the “Long March,” a tactical retreat of Mao Zedong and 60,000 Communist supporters, commences. The embattled Communists had broken through…

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Khruschev, Communism and the End of the Eastern Bloc

On this day in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev is banned from Disneyland and explodes in characteristic anger. The pugnacious and portly leader had been…

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The Berlin Wall

On this day in 1961, in efforts to stem the tide of Cold War refugees attempting to leave East Berlin, the communist government of East…

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Korea Today and the Miscalculations that Created it

At dawn on this day in 1950, an enormous wave of Communist North Korea’s massively equipped 200,000-soldier army comes pouring over the 38th Parallel, headed…

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Did Czechoslovakia’s Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk Commit Suicide?

In 1947 Masaryk made a fateful error in strongly endorsing the US offer of millions in aid under the Marshall Plan. When the US unveiled the brilliantly cunning and generous plan, the Soviets and their Czech lackeys demurred, and by strange coincidence a full-on communist coup was staged in February of ’48. Masaryk was one of the few non-communists left in place, a man largely alone.

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Hungary and Soviet Oppression

On this day in 1956, an escalating national uprising brewing for 12 days in Hungary is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops. Thousands were…

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