TODAY IN HISTORY — National Day of Liechtenstein, Congo and South Korea — 15 Aug 2010


Today, August 15, Liechtenstein celebrates its National Day. It is the eve of the birthday of Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein. Observed in conjunction with Assumption Day. the holiday honors the Blessed Virgin Mary’s journey to Heaven. Liechtenstein, a central European alpine country, is known for its natural beauty and world famous decorative postage stamps. August 15 is Independence Day for the Republic of the Congo, honoring its self-rule achieved in 1960. It is located in West Africa between Angola and Gabon. The country’s Nouabale-Ndoki National Park has more than 300 bird species and 1,000 types of plants and trees. It is also home to forest elephants, lowland gorillas, and many other endangered mammals. South Korea’s Independence Day, observing its autonomy attained in 1945, is today, Among its numerous United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Sites is the Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks. The Tripitaka Koreana has over 80,000 wooden blocks, used for printing one of the world’s most complete editions of Buddhist canonical writing. We wish the friendly citizens of Liechtenstein, Republic of the Congo, and South Korea a splendid National Day.

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