Monday, February 8, 2010


1926 -Teodoro M. Kalaw, nationalist scholar, legislator, and historian, composes his report on the Philippine Independence campaign in the United States, which he will present to the Commission on Independence; Kalaw was "part of the staff of Senator Sergio OsmeƱa who had been chosen the country’s special envoy to the US."

1950 - United States Sen. Joe McCarthy begins the "Red Scare" when he accuses over 200 personnel of the State Department as being communists; his accusations will never be substantiated but many will lose their reputations or jobs.

1955 - New Soviet Premier Nikolay Aleksandrovich Bulganin makes his inaugural address, emphasizing Sino-Soviet relations; Bulgarin, who used to be chief of the secret police and was defense minister during Joseph's Stalin's time, will soon be expelled from his post by Nikita Khrushchev.

1991 - Lithuania overwhelmingly votes in favor of independence from the Soviet Union; the plebiscite is held after the chairman of the Lithuanian Supreme Soviet proclaimed the restoration of the state's independence a year earlier amidst the politico-economic crisis in the U.S.S.R.

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