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Hitler’s mountain home and an Englishman who ate coins: past headlines

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A man in England went as far as swallowing coins to feign illness so he could get the attention of nurses, and a Taiwanese mother gave birth to quadruplet boys four decades ago this week.

July 9, 1978

● The US planned to end all military and financial aid to Taiwan in a year’s time as the latter’s economy was booming, and Washington was trying to improve relations with China. According to United States government sources, money given to help Taipei buy American arms would stop flowing by 1980.

July 10, 1978

● The one-time headquarters of Adolf Hitler, a mountaintop structure near Bad Nauheim, which he called the “Eagle’s Nest”, was put up for sale. Today, the building is owned by a charitable trust and is a tourist destination.

● China accused the Vietnamese government of having applied “all kinds of discrimination and persecution” to force Chinese nationals out of the country. The official Xinhua news agency, quoting returnees from Vietnam, said Hanoi had mobilised all its mass media resources and used every opportunity to conduct open anti-China campaigns and ignite anti-China sentiment.

July 11, 1978

● For the first time, a Swiss banker was persuaded to give evidence........

© South China Morning Post