Intl. Notebook Aug 2 2011
THE WONDER YEARS
Kids do not live by bread alone.

The good folks at Continental Baking Co., in addition to teaching all of America to love its Wonder Bread, produced the above Army-Navy Insignia Guide, which educated youngsters about rank in the armed forces. All you had to do was spin the wheel, and two ranks would appear in the chevron-shaped cut-outs, along with their corresponding insignias on the two warriors’ uniforms. This particular Insignia Guide doesn’t line up perfectly, but you can still see how it functions by comparing the two scans. Continental Baking also produced a guide to Army-Navy service ribbons, a guide to enemy aircraft (for bombings of the American mainland that never came), and other tchotchkes related to World War II. Such items are all collectible now, of course, selling at auction for a pretty penny. Oh, the Wonder of it all. Click here to see a similar gadget we posted way back in 2009. 

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
December 22
1972—Plane Crash Victims Found in Andes
The Chilean Air force locates fourteen survivors from a plane that had crashed in the Argentine Andes two months earlier. Four days after the rescue, a Santiago, Chile newspaper alleges that the survivors became cannibals to ward off starvation. The surviving group confirms that they ate human flesh at a press conference two days later.
December 21
1958—de Gaulle Elected President of France
World War II hero General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France by an overwhelming majority. During his time he leads France to develop nuclear weapons, ends the French presence in Algeria, and survives several assassination attempts. He eventually retires to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, in north-east France, and dies from a heart attack on 9 November 1970.
December 20
1989—U.S. Invades Panama
The United States invades Panama with the goal of overthrowing the dictatorship of Manuel Noriega. Noriega had been a CIA agent for many years, and because of this special status, U.S. drug authorities had turned a blind eye toward his activities, which included helping to create a crack cocaine epidemic in American inner cities. In 1988, Senator John Kerry's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations concluded that the Noriega saga represented one of the most serious foreign policy failures in U.S. history.

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