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Independence days and elephants
I've whipped out my International Calendar to see what might be left to tell about November before it slips away from Eastern Standard Time in a few hours. What I see is a whole lot of independence days and a slew of other politically geared occasions.
- Nov. 1--Antigua-Barbuda gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.
- Nov. 3--Dominica gained independence from the UK in 1978. Panama gained Independence from Colombia in 1903 and Micronesia gained independence from the U.S. in 1980.
- Nov. 9--Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953.
- Nov. 11--Poland gained independence in 1918; Angola gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
- Nov. 18--Latvia gained independence from Russia in 1918; Morocco from France in 1956.
- Nov. 25--Suriname gained independence
- Nov. 28--Mauritania gained Independence from France in 1968 and Albania gained Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, Panama gained independence from Spain in 1821 and East Timor gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
- Nov. 30-Barbados gained independence from the U.K. in 1966
Other than these, Tonga has had Constitution Day (Nov. 4); Russia, Revolution Day (Nov. 7); Brazil, Republic Day (Nov. 15); and Vanuatu has had National Unity Day, (Nov. 29)
My favorite happening of the bunch of events that occurred this month, though, is the Surin Elephant Round-Up in Thailand.
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