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Sinclair Dates: May 7.
In 1954: Dien Bien Phu, Viet Minh troops defeated the French army in
the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, and forced the French government to
abandon its attempts to regain control of Indochina. This battle is
considered one of the greatest victories won by a former colony over a
colonial power. It shows what determined patriots in a guerilla army
can do against modern firepower. Peasants carried artillery shell on
their backs one at a time up the mountains to rain hell upon the
French. Unfortunately the Americans never learned the lessons of Mao's
"fish in the sea".
In 1910: George V, King of Britain.
In 1824: Beethoven's Ninth, Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
in D minor was performed for the first time in Vienna, Austria.
Beethoven's musical interpretation of Schiller's Ode to Joy. The
composer was completely deaf when he wrote the symphony.
In 1429: B. Orleans, Joan of Arc def. English Source: ToW
In 1189: Hamburg Hanseatic, The Kaiser Fiedrich Barbarossa granted
customs and commercial rights to the German town of Hamburg. One of
the first members of the Hanseatic League. .
Tomorrow: May 8.
In 1945: VE Day, Allied Victory in Europe.
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