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1919  January 4
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Finland wins freedom from Russia and becomes an independent republic     
The Viipury Library in Finland makes the reputation of a young Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto       
Finnish designer Alvar Aalto develops a bent plywood three-legged stool, specifically designed for stacking       
1939 September 19
Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark jointly declare their neutrality     
1939 November 30
Soviet troops cross the borders of Finland, beginning the brief Russo-Finnish War, in keeping with the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact      
1939 December 14
The USSR is expelled from the League of Nations because of the Soviet invasion of Finland       
In To the Finland Station Edmund Wilson discusses the development of socialism and revolution, culminating in Lenin and Trotsky       
1940  March 12
The Treaty of Moscow ends the war between the USSR and Finland, after 200,000 Soviet deaths in the three months of hostilities      
Finnish-born US architect Eero Saarinen completes his TWA terminal for New York's Kennedy airport