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1939

1939 September 1st Germany invaded Poland. First use of Blitzkrieg. Britain and France gave Germany an ultimatum to get out. Blackout and evacuation plans were put in place in Britain. September 2nd Chamberlain sent Hitler an ultimatum: withdraw German troops from Poland or war will be declared. The Luftwaffe gained air superiority over the Polish air force.
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Bolshevik Land Reforms

Bolshevik Land Reforms Land reform was very important to the Bolsheviks. Support from the peasants was needed if the fragile Bolshevik government was going to survive - hence why they agreed that they would hand over control of the land to the peasants in the form of state collective farms. The Provisional Government had failed to do address the land issue and what the Bolsheviks offered to the peasants, while not completely acceptable, was better than having no input on what land could be used for.
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Mosquito

The Mosquito was one of the most remarkable planes of World War Two. The Mosquito - in full the De Havilland DH-98 Mosquito - was a twin-engine, two-seat bomber that was modified to serve as a fighter which could operate during the day or at night or as a photoreconnaissance plane. In whatever capacity, the Mosquito proved to be immensely successful - for a 'wooden' plane.
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Martin Luther King Quotes

Martin Luther King was one of the most inspirational speakers in the civil rights movement. His “I have a dream speech” remains one of the most famous in history. Here are a selection of quotes which give an insight into King's thinking. Famous Quotes “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programmes of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
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Rhineland 1936

Under the terms of Versailles, the Rhineland had been made into a demilitarised zone. Germany had political control of this area, but she was not allowed to put any troops into it. Therefore, many Germans concluded that they did not actually fully control the area despite it being in Germany itself. In March 1936, Hitler took what for him was a huge gamble - he ordered that his troops should openly re-enter the Rhineland thus breaking the terms of Versailles once again.
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Today in History - February 28th

Today in History February 28th 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han dynasty's rule over China. 628 - Khosrau II is executed by Mihr Hormozd under the orders of Kavadh II. 870 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes. 1246 - The Siege of Jaén ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista resulting in the Castilian takeover of the city from the Taifa of Jaen.
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