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Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.

George F Kennan (1904–2005)

Policy Planning Study 23
US State Department, 1948

This Week in History:

August 17th - 21st

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
Who did something wrong and what was it?
President Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.
2
How many people were killed on 17 August 1990 and in which country? 97 in South Africa
3
Why and in which year did people shout "Czechoslovakia must be free"?
Because the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968.
4
Who died in 2000 and where?
118 Russian submariners died aboard the Kursk.
5
How many people saw the Pope give mass in which town?
2.5 million in the Pope's home town of Krakow in Poland
6
How many people saw the Pope give mass in which town?
2.5 million in the Pope's home town of Krakow in Poland

What the BBC ignored:

August 17 - 1945: George Orwell's novella Animal Farm is published for the first time.

August 17 - 2005: Around 500 bomb explosions occurred at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh killing 2 people and injuring 115

August 18 - 1977: Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock in King William's town, South Africa

August 19 - 1980: 301 people are killed from smoke inhalation at King Khalid International Airport, Riyahd when a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar burns shortly after making an emergency landing.

August 19 - 2003: Suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem, Israel, planned by Hamas, kills 23 Israelis, seven of them children, in the Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing.

August 20 - 1960: Senegal declares independence after breaking away from the short-lived Mali Federation.

August 20 - 2014: 72 people are killed by landslides in Hiroshima Prefecture after a month's rain falls in a single day.

August 21 - 1988:  A severe earthquake (Mercalli Intensity 7) strikes the Nepal-India border killing over 700 people and injuring thousands.

Would you have swapped any of the events above for any of the events chosen by the BBC?

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