Thursday, September 27, 2007

On September 27, ...

... 1938, in what the New York Times called "an undoubted dress rehearsal" for a Europe already in the throes of Nazi conquests, the Council of the League of Nations agreed to sanction Japan on account of Japan's "refusal to settle her dispute with China," a province of which Japan had invaded and renamed Manchukuo, via Covenant mechanisms for pacific settlement. This 1st invocation of Article 16 of the League's Covenant proved unavailing; 5 years earlier, Japan had quit the League, and the League was a dead letter before the end of World War II. This cartoon by David Low -- depicting a Japanese officer receiving an obsequious welcome from League officials even as he tramples a woman meant to represent the League itself -- underscored international ineffectiveness.
... 1966, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was born in New York City.

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