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August 08, 2004

Today in history.

1945 Harry S Truman signs UN Charter - seemed like a good idea at the time.

1945 USSR declares war on Japan. A little late in the game, but they *were* busy trying to survive before. Of course it was less about helping take down Japan than it was about being in on the occupation and getting their tentacles into Asia.

1988 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war. Cost us the '80 Olympics, but hey - it was worth it, right?

1990 Iraq annexes Kuwait. Oops. Betcha Saddam wishes he'd rethought that decision!

But my fave of the day is:

1918 Alvin York captures "the whole damned German Army" York's story is an encapsulation of early 1900s America.