Monday, December 29, 2008

In history

* 1845, six months after the congress of the Republic of Texas accepts
U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United
States as the 28th state
* 1908, Otto Zachow and William Besserdich of Clintonville, Wisconsin,
received a patent for their four-wheel braking system, the prototype of
all modern braking systems
* 1940, London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans
firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the exploding bombs
engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a valiant indifference
to the bombs falling around them and saved much of the city from
destruction. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul's Cathedral
standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the
capital's unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain
* 1998, two top Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the deaths of as many
as two million people during their regime in the 1970s, and asked
Cambodians to forget the past

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