... 1964 (45 years ago today), reacting to news that France was extending recognition to the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China, which since losing the mainland a decade earlier had been installed on Taiwan, broke diplomatic relations with France. Just this past October, The China Post reported that a French court had "stirred diplomatic tensions by recognizing Taiwan's right to make its case in a legal dispute" -- concerning land in Tahiti -- "despite Paris not having recognized it as independent..." In comments that bring to mind the Gaza situation on which we posted here, the Post elaborated that
in an interim judgement, the court ruled that Taiwan's case could be heard 'independent of the diplomatic situation' even given Taipei's status as 'a Chinese state not recognized by the international community'.
(credit for above French embassy image, circa 1964, of President Charles de Gaulle, far right, and unidentified Chinese official)
... 1964 (45 years ago today), a daughter was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, to Sarah and Charles Heath, a school secretary and a science teacher/track coach, respectively. The family moved to the 49th state in the Union. The girl competed in athletics and beauty pageants, and attended a number of colleges before receiving her bachelor's degree in communications/journalism from the University of Idaho. In 2006 Sarah Palin (left) -- having married and served as mayor of her hometown -- became 1st woman and the youngest person ever elected Governor of Alaska. Since losing her bid to be U.S. Vice President last November, Palin's remained on the media trail, most recently railing against "'anonymous, pathetic bloggers.'' Surely she didn't have IntLawGrrls in mind: We've signed all our posts about her.