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1977 - Djibouti independence 1978 - Dominica independence 1979 - St. 1994 - South Africa territory Walvis Bay becomes part of Namibia 1997 - Zaire changes name to Democratic Republic of the Congo Hong Kong possession transfers from United Kingdom to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China Western Samoa changes name to Samoa 1998 - Nunavut Territory created from part of Northwest Territories (Canada) 1999 - Macao transferred from Portugal to China2002 - East Timor gains independence from Indonesia (declared independence from Portugal in 1975 but did not became independent from Indonesia until 2002.) 2003 - Yugoslavia divides into Serbia and Montenegro 2006 - Montenegro was part of Serbia and Montenegro (also known as Yugoslavia) but gained independence after a referendum.
USSR invades Afganistan.1979/1980 - Zimbabwe gains independence from United Kingdom. Antigua and Barbuda become independent state in British Common-Wealth of Nations 1984 - Upper Volta changes name to Burkina Faso1991 - Soviet Union dissolves into 15 new countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan 1992 - Yugoslavia dissolves into 5 new countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia 1993 - Czechoslovakia divides into Czech Republic and Slovakia 1993 - Eritrea was part of Ethiopia but seceded and gained independence1994 - Palau was part of the Trust Territory of Pacific Islands (administered by the United States) and gained independence as a former colony.
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This new style embraced femininity, with rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, closely-defined waistlines, slightly padded skirts, and full, billowing skirts that hung just below the calves. Mauritius and Swaziland (from UK) gain independence.1970 - Muscat and Oman changes to Oman. The whites demanded independence from Southern Rhodesia (Rhodesia from 1964).1964 - Malawi and Zambia independent from UK; Zambia was Northern Rhodesia. Guyana independent 1967 - French Somaliland changes to Afars & Issas (Fr.) 1968 - Equatorial Guinea independence. Women's clothes of the 1940s were typically modeled after the utility clothes produced during war rationing.Squared shoulders, narrow hips, and skirts that ended just below the knee were the height of fashion. Utility clothes typically featured squared shoulders, narrow hips, and skirts that ended just below the knee.