Sunday, December 7, 2008
Today, December 7th, is the anniversary of the bombing or Pearl Harbour, and yesterday, December 6th, was the 91st anniversary of Finland's independence from Russia. I can't believe how many people think Finland was taken over by Russia in the second world war. They were invaded in 1939, fought valiantly, and then had to cede land to Russia, but they came out of both world wars, with their independence still intact. The man who led them through both those wars was Karl Gustav Mannerheim and he is a hero to most Finns. The main street in Helsinki is Mannerheimentie, which means Mannerheim's street.