Saturday, October 25, 2008

On October 25

On this day in ...
... 1971, the Republic of China (flag at left), a charter member of the United Nations which once had controlled the mainland but had been confined to the island of Taiwan since 1949, was stripped of membership in the U.N. General Assembly. The so-called "China seat" -- including permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council -- would be given to the People's Republic of China (flag at right).

... 1892, a girl named Helen Foster-Barham was born in Victoria, British Columbia. Under the stage name of Nell Shipman (left), she would become "one of the first women in the world to direct her own films and establish her own production company." The Canadian-born "silent film pioneer" died in California in 1970. (photo credit)

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