This Day In History: Chairs

This day in history: In 1971, The U.N. seats the People’s Republic of China and expels Taiwan.

This was hugely controversial, primarily because Taiwan insisted that China sat down before the music cut out, a clear violation of the musical chairs rules.

The situation was exacerbated by the fact that the U.N. referees were substitute refs, as the actual refs were on strike.

People are upset to this day, which is why in Taiwan it is impolite to play the song, “Pop Goes the Weasel.”


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