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October 1 1949 Mao Zedong proclaims People’s Republic of China


On October 1st 1949, naming himself head of state, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong officially proclaimed the existence of the People’s Republic of China; Zhou Enlai was named premier. The proclamation was the climax of years of battle between Mao’s communist forces and the regime of Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek, who had been supported with … Continue reading

May 2 1957 Death of Senator Joseph McCarthy


On May 2nd 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy, a Republican from Wisconsin, succumbed to illness exacerbated by alcoholism, and died at age 48. McCarthy had been a key figure in the anticommunist hysteria popularly known as the “Red Scare” that engulfed the United States in the years following World War II. McCarthy was born on November … Continue reading

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