Saturday, July 19, 2008

On July 19

On this day in ...
... 1947, paramilitaries burst into a meeting in Rangoon of the Executive Council that was working toward Burmese independence and assassinated Aung San (right), a premier architect of that strategy, and 6 others. He is the father of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman now leading opposition to the military junta controlling Burma/Myanmar.
... 1900, the 1st line of the Paris Métro began operations. Today it's among the world's busiest subways. Details:
The system boasts 211 km (131 miles) of track and 14 lines, shuttling 3500 cars on a precise schedule between 380 stations (not including RER stations), 87 of these offering connections between lines. It is said that every building in Paris is within 500 meters (3/10 mile) of a métro station. Roughly 6 million people per day patronize the métro, which employs over 15,000.

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