Monday, January 7, 2008

On January 7, ...

... 1979, in Phnom Penh, Vietnam and insurgent forces it supported overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime that had held Cambodia in the thrall of terror since 1975. The New York Times cited a radio announcement that "[t]he regime of dictatorial, militarist domination of the Pol Pot-Ieng Sary clique has completely collapsed," then added that "[n]othing was said about the whereabouts of Prime Minister Pol Pot and Deputy Prime Minister Ieng Sary. Today, as we've posted, Ieng Sary and others of the few Khmer Rouge leaders still alive (Pol Pot is dead) are about to stand trial before a hybrid tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia.
... 1980, fewer than 3 years after ousting her as a purveyor of an "emergency dictatorship," voters returned Indira Gandhi to the post of Prime Minister of India. Gandhi (right) would serve until 1984, when she was assassinated by her bodyguards.
... 1960, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Cal.) was born in Lynwood, California.

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