Monday, July 23, 2007

On July 23, ...

... 2001, Megawati Sukarnoputri (right) became the 1st woman President of Indonesia following the impeachment of her predecessor. Her tenure was uneven, and she lost an election bid in fall 2004. She is the daughter of the country's 1st President, Sukarno, who was overthrown in a bloody coup in 1965, 20 years after leading Indonesia to independence from its colonizer, the Netherlands.
... 1982 (25 years ago today), the International Whaling Commission voted to enact a "pause" on commercial whaling beginning in 1985-1986. Despite controversy on which we've posted, the ban remains in place to this day.

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