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How many times have you been reading about a long-ago historical event - or been watching a documentary about it on the History Channel - and thought to yourself: "Wow, it would've been really cool to have actually been there to see this happen."
I couldn't agree more. As a big history buff myself, I find myself making that statement on a regular basis.
But I'll also make this observation: The same folks who get so turned on about events from the distant past are often the last to recognize current developments - what you and I would refer to as "history in the making."
And one of the best current examples of "history being made" is the looming initial public stock offering (IPO) of Chinese Internet heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). Alibaba stock is scheduled to price tomorrow and begin trading Friday.
If you at first find it tough to characterize a stock offering - no matter how big - as a "historic event," I can certainly understand.