On This Day 29 Jan
2002 The “Axis of Evil” speech by George W. Bush
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, makes his famous axis of evil speech during his annual State of the Union address, in which he denounces Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as threats to global peace and stability. Iraq would be invaded in 2003 without UN approval, the repercussions of which are still evident even today, in terms of the anarchy in Iraq after the invasion, which created a golden opportunity for the rise of ISIS.
Still relevant today.
1979 Deng Xiaoping visits Washington DC
Following the death of Mao in 1976, Deng Xiaoping makes his first official visit to the US as paramount leader of China, marking a major shift away from the confrontational relationship of the past under Mao Zedong. His visits to the headquarters Coca-Cola and Boeing indicate the focus on economic technological and development that the new regime will have, paving the way for China’s subsequent breakneck economic growth and rise as an economic colossus in the 21st century.
Deng Xiaoping and Jimmy Carter during the signing of a major Sino-American treaty in the United States.
1991 Gulf War: the first major ground engagement of the war, the battle of Khafiji, begins
Saddam Hussein’s attempt to seize Kuwait in 1990 would result in an armed intervention by an American-led coalition with UN approval, sparking the first Gulf War. This battle would see Iraqi forces driven from the Saudi city of Khafiji, a testament to the importance of American air power in combat, and the weakness of the Iraqi military despite its large numbers.
A burnt-out military vehicle in front of the Saudi city of Khafiji after the battle of Khafiji.
2005 the first direct commercial flights between Taiwan and Mainland China since 1949 begin.
In the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War that ended in 1949, mutual distrust between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China in Taiwan meant that flights between both sides had to be routed towards a third city like Hong Kong. However, warming ties between both sides, and the proposal by the PRC to establish Three Links (postal, transportation and trade), meant that these restrictions were gradually loosened, culminating in the launch of direct commercial flights between Taiwan and Mainland China.
An Air China plane lands in Taipei after more than 4 hours of nonstop flight from Beijing January 29, 2005.