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Monday, June 6

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    later years. Navarre's plan worked and General Giap took up the French challenge. However, instead of making a massive frontal assault, Giap choose to surround Dien Bien Phu and ordered his men to dig a trench that encircled the French troops. From the outer trench, other trenches and tunnels were dug inwards towards the centre. The Vietminh were now able to move in close on the French troops defending Dien Bien Phu. While these preparations were going on, Giap brought up members of the Vietminh from all over Vietnam. By the time the battle was ready to start, Giap had 70,000 soldiers surrounding Dien Bien Phu, five times the number of French troops enclosed within. Employing recently obtained anti-aircraft guns and howitzers from China, Giap was able to restrict severely the ability of the French to supply their forces in Dien Bien Phu. When Navarre realised that he was trapped, he appealed for help. The United States was approached and some advisers suggested the use of tactical nuclear weapons against the Vietminh. Another suggestion was that conventional air-raids would be enough to scatter Giap's troops. The United States President, Dwight Eisenhower, however, refused to intervene unless he could persuade Britain and his other western allies to participate. Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, declined claiming that he wanted to wait for the outcome of the peace negotiations taking place in Geneva before becoming involved in escalating the war. On March 13, 1954, Vo Nguyen Giap launched his offensive. For fifty-six days the Vietminh pushed the French forces back until they only occupied a small area of Dien Bien Phu. Colonel Piroth, the artillery commander, blamed himself for the tactics that had been employed and after telling his fellow officers that he had been "completely dishonoured" committed suicide by pulling the safety pin out of a grenade. The French surrendered on May 7th. French casualties totalled over 7,000 and a further 11,000 soldiers were taken prisoner. The following day the French government announced that it intended to withdraw from Vietnam.
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    The French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 signalled the end of French influence in Indochina. The battle fought around Dien Bien Phu was the last major campaign by a European state in the region; by the end of the decade the United States was to become the prominent foreign power in Vietnamand the influence of France dwindled to barely nothing – such was the impact of their defeat at the hands of General Giap’s forces. Dien Bien Phu was a town in northwest Vietnam with an isolated air base built and used by the Japanese in World War Two. It was near the Vietnam/Laos border. The government of Laos was very much under the influence of the French though the Viet Minh had successfully infiltrated much of Laos, thus undermining the authority of both the Laotian government and, therefore, the French. By establishing a major force at Dien Bien Phu, the French hoped to cut the supply lines used by Giap’s men into Laos. It also placed a large and well-trained force in the heartland of the Viet Minh. This alone, the French hoped, would be enough to deter Viet Minh activity. In May 1953, the French premier, Rene Mayer, appointed Henri Navarre commander of the French Union Forces in Indochina. Navarre believed that one of his orders had been to defend North Laos; though members of Mayer’s government denied that this had been the case in later years.

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Sunday, June 5

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    {} Syngman RheeEven though Syngman Rhee had been handily elected president by the National Assembly in 1948--with 180 of the 196 votes cast in his favor--he quickly ran into difficulties. South Korean politics during Rhee's regime (1948-60) essentially revolved around Rhee's struggle to remain in power and the opposition's efforts to unseat him. Constitutional provisions concerning the presidency became the focal point.
    Because Rhee's four-year term of office was to end in August 1952 under the 1948 constitution, and because he had no prospect of being reelected by the National Assembly, he supported a constitutional amendment, introduced in November 1951, to elect the president by popular vote. The proposal was resoundingly defeated by a vote of 143 to 19, prompting Rhee to marshal his supporters into the Liberal Party. Four months later, in April 1952, the opposition introduced another motion calling for a parliamentary form of government. Rhee declared martial law in May, rounded up the assembly members by force, and called for another vote. His constitutional amendment to elect the president by popular vote was railroaded through, passing with 163 votes of the 166 assembly members present. In the subsequent popular election in August, Rhee was reelected by 72 percent of the voters.
    The constitution, however, limited the president to only two terms. Hence, when the end of Rhee's second term of office approached, the constitution again was amended (in November 1954) by the use of fraudulent tactics that allowed Rhee to succeed himself indefinitely.
    In the meantime, South Korea's citizens, particularly the urban masses, had become more politically conscious. The press frequently exposed government ineptitude and corruption and attacked Rhee's authoritarian rule. The Democratic Party capitalized on these particulars; in the May 1956 presidential election, Rhee won only 55 percent of the votes, even though his principal opponent, Sin Ik-hui, had died of a heart attack ten days before the election. Rhee's running mate, Yi Ki-bung, fared much worse, losing to the Democratic Party candidate, Chang Myon (John M. Chang). Since Rhee was already eighty-one years old in 1956, Chang's victory caused a major tremor among Rhee's supporters

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    {bridge_on_the_river_kwai1.jpg} Posted on May 26th, 2011 by admin in Classic Movies From the 40s & 50s
    In 1957, The Bridge on the River Kwai was produced and to many people’s disliking, it would turn out to be one of the most memorable movies for all time. There was so much meaning in the movie as it took the setting of WW II from 1942 to 1943 which also acted as a way to give the general public people an insight to the things that were going on in the war. The film was made by a man named David Lean and it was based on the novel book that had previously been written called “The Bridge over the River Kwai,” which was written by a man named Pierre Boulle, a French writer.
    The historical setting of the movie featured a few of the most commonly know actors and actresses of their time with William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, and Jack Hawkins. These people that acted in the movie really brought the storyline to life in their passion that they put into this movie. The movie was actually a work of fiction, with a few realistic features, though with the acting jobs and historical settings that were represented in the classic movie, many would have sworn that the movie was nonfiction.
    After years and years of the movie being replayed in homes and schools throughout the world, the classic movie was eventually chosen in 1997 to reserve a spot within the U.S. Library of Congress of the National Film Registry. The decision for this was based upon the film being determined to be historically, culturally, and aesthetically significant. This definitely marked a place in the history books for the classic movie that will never be forgotten. It started off rough in nature and many believed it was unsuitable for children, though over time, the thought process determined that even children should have a great feel for fiction and nonfiction in the war battles

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Saturday, June 4

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    Star Child Team. “Dr. Sally Ride”.HighEnergyAstrophysicsScienceArchiveResearchCenter (HEASARC). <>
    “Sally K. Ride”. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. <>
    “Sally Kristen Ride”. Library-Astronauts. <>
    The first resource is a very informative website. It contains a lot of facts about Sally and her early life.
    The second resource is an interactive website. It is informative about what Sally did after she left NASA.
    The last resource contains the most information about Sally. It is her life story and has good pictures.

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    playing volleyball, runninrunning, and softball. She also playd thesor of tennis and recived national rakings as a junior.
    Ride graduated frm Westlake High School in 1968 and went on to extend her education at Stanford Universty. While attending Stanford she recieved a bachelor of science in Physics and a bachelor of arts in English. She recieved both of these bachelors in the year of 1973. Also, Sally recieved a master degree of science and doctorate degrees in Physcs in the years of 1975 and 1978.
    Dr. Ride applied to the astronaut program after reading an ad in a newspaper and out of 8,000 men and women she was one of the thirty-five people selected. Out of he thirty-five people, she was one of the six girls.
    In 1978, Ride was accepted to the astronaut corps and completed training in the August of 1979. This made her eligible to be a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle crews. On June 18,1983 she became the first American woman to orbit Earth when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger . Her second flight was also aboard Challenger in 1984. Dr. Ride was also a member of the team chosen to investigate the explosion of Challenger in 1986. Nonetheless, she left the astronaut corps in 1987 to join the faculty of Stanford University, her alma mater.
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Friday, June 3

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    ... › ... › MASS & SPREE MURDERS -I used this website to get information on Starkweather's accomplice. This website gave me good background info on the case itself.
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    ... used this website to help with her biography. website helped me list all of the fabulous movies that she was in.
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