Saturday, August 30, 2008

On August 30

On this day in ...
... 1943 (65 years ago today), during World War II, in its version of an Anglo-American "Declaration on German Crimes in Poland," the U.S. Department of State detailed allegations that Polish civilians were being killed, displaced, and sent to work camps in Germany, then stated: "The United States Government reaffirms its resolve to punish the instigators and actual perpetrators of these crimes."
... 1999, "the population of East Timor voted overwhelmingly for independence from Indonesia," which had invaded the country 9 days after it declared its independence from Portugal in 1975. The country, officially known as the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, occupies the eastern half of an island within the Indonesian archipelago. (map credit)

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