Infamous Cars Charles De Gaulle’s 1960 Citroën DS French President Charles de Gaulle was a fan of Citroëns when he took office, but after surviving an assassination attempt by machine-gun fire while riding in a Citroën DS in 1962, he became even more enthusiastic about the car. "After the assassination attempt ... [de Gaulle] even refused to travel in an armored Rambler," says Roland Biache of PSA Peugeot Citroën. "He wanted his DS." That DS is now on display at the Charles de Gaulle Birthplac
Soviet premier Josef Stalin photographed as Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov (who later would become infamous for, you guess it, the Molotov cocktails) signs the non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany’s von Ribbentrop (who is third from the right) in Moscow, August 23 1939. The nonaggression pact included, among other things, a secret protocol that divided Eastern Europe into two spheres of influence in the event of any sort of conflict
33rd US President- Harry S. Truman Born: May 8, 1884, Lamar, Missouri Died: December 26, 1972 Party: Democratic Age when inaugurated: 60 Term: 1945-1953. Truman made the fateful decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. World War II ended days later. Truman also led the U.S. during the Korean War (1950-1953). Famous Fact: On his desk, Truman had a plaque that said "The Buck Stops Here."
“After Japan’s Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, Washington joined forces with China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek to drive Japan’s invading forces out of China. This 1942 photo, taken in Burma, shows U.S. Gen. Joseph Stilwell with Chiang and Madame Chiang, aka Soong May-ling. At this meeting, Chiang informed his military staff that Stilwell would lead them against the Japanese forces. The Nationalist and rival Communist forces coopera
Soong Mei-ling; 1897-2003; Soong Mei-ling was a notable Chinese political figure and second wife of the Nationalist Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek. She is also called Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Her family was successful, prosperous, and well- connected: her sister Soong Ch’ing-ling was the wife of Sun Yat-sen, and her brother T. V. Soong was a prominent industrialist and official of the Nationalist Chinese government.
Famous Birthdays Today: 1867 - Hiranuma Kiichirō, Prime Minister of Japan. Baron Hiranuma Kiichirō (平沼 騏一郎, 28 September 1867 – 22 August 1952) was a prominent pre–World War II right-wing Japanese politician and the 35th Prime Minister of Japan from 5 January 1939 to 30 August 1939. The modern Japanese politician, Takeo Hiranuma, is his adopted son.