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Republic of Suriname
Republic of Suriname
Local Official Name Republiek Suriname. Area 63,251 sq mi. Population 585,824. Capital Paramaribo. Independence from the Netherlands Achieved November 25, 1975.
Oswaldo Aranha
Oswaldo Aranha
is best known in international politics for lobbying for the creation of the State of Israel as head of the Brazilian delegation to the United Nations and President of the UN General Assembly in 1947.
Rongo-Rongo Tablets
Rongo-Rongo Tablets
In 1868 the Bishop of Tahiti received a gift from recent Catholic converts on Easter Island -- a small wooden board covered in what appeared to be hieroglyphic writing.
Cacareco
Cacareco
On October 7, 1959, 100,000 voters in São Paulo showed their displeasure with all 540 candidates for the 45-seat city council by casting their ballots for a rhinoceros.
Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Meaning of Name
Derived from an indigenous Amerindian language and means "land of many waters." Area 83,000 sq mi. Population 735,222. Capital Georgetown. Independence from the United Kingdom Achieved May 26, 1968.
Arturo Frondizi
Arturo Frondizi
was a very active protestor against the regime of Juan Perón, but courted his supporters as a candidate for President in 1958. He won that election and immediately began a series of economic measures that stimulated some growth but also placed severe burdens on the poor and middle classes. He was overthrown by the military in 1962.
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