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Saturday, June 14

Saturday, June 14

Today is Saturday, June 14, the 166th day of 2008. There are 200 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1497 - Juan Borgia, the son of pope Alexander VI, is murdered, allegedly by his power-hungry brother Cesare.
1645 - Parliamentarian New Model Army under Oliver Cromwell routs Royalists at Naseby in England, deciding the Civil War.
1898 - Anglo-French Convention defines boundaries in Nigeria and Gold Coast.
1923 - Aleksandur Stamboliysky, popular Bulgarian political leader, is assassinated after a military coup.
1940 - German forces occupy Paris.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders freezing of German and Italian assets in United States.
1949 - Vietnamese state is established at Saigon under former emperor Bao Dai.
1959 - United States agrees to provide Greece with nuclear information and supply ballistic rockets.
1962 - European Space Research Organization is established in Paris.
1967 - U.S. Mariner spacecraft is launched toward Venus to discover if the planet can support life.
1975 - Soviet Union launches its second spacecraft in six days toward Venus for October rendezvous designed to land one or two capsules on planet.
1980 - United States rejects European call for participation of Palestine Liberation Organization in Middle East peace talks.
1982 - Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands surrender to the British, ending a 10-week war.
1987 - Pope John Paul II ends weeklong pilgrimage to his native Poland with stern lecture about human rights to nation's Communist leadership.
1991 - U.S. soldiers begin withdrawing from Dohuk in northern Iraq.
1992 - Serbs allegedly pile Bosnian prisoners into a bus near Sarajevo and then fire on it with anti-tank weapons and small arms, killing 47.
1993 - Prince Norodom Sihanouk is reinstated as Cambodian head of state.
1993 - Tansu Ciller becomes Turkey's first female prime minister after being elected leader of the center-right True Path Party.
1994 - Iraq's trade minister warns that farmers who do not sell their grain harvests to the state will have their hands cut off.
1995 - Chechen rebels take 1,500 hostages and seize government buildings in a well-planned attack on Budyonnovsk, a southern Russia town. At least 95 are killed in the raid.
1997 - Pol Pot is reported in Cambodia to be fleeing from the Khmer Rouge guerrillas he once commanded.
1999 - NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo discover the first mass grave, believed to contain 81 bodies, as Serb troops withdraw leaving the houses of ethnic Albanians in flames.
2000 - In the biggest step toward peace since the end of the war, the leaders of North and South Korea sign an agreement to work for reconciliation and reunification.
2001 - Yugoslavia approves Slobodan Milosevic's extradition to The Hague, Netherlands, to face trial before a U.N. tribunal for crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Kosovo conflict between 1998-99. 800,000 ethnic Albanians were driven out by Serb forces.
2002 - A car bomb explodes outside the U.S. consulate in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 others.
2003 - East Timor approves a $1.5 billion natural gas development plan for a pipeline to be built. It will be the largest source of income for impoverished East Timor.
2004 - A car bomb shatters a convoy carrying Westerners in central Baghdad, killing at least 12, including three General Electric employees, and wounding at least 60.
2005 - President Thabo Mbeki fires his deputy and heir apparent who was implicated in a corruption scandal, throwing open the question of who will become the next leader of South Africa when Mbeki steps down in 2009.
2006 - More than 1,000 Indonesian villagers are forced to flee Mount Merapi's slopes after searing hot gas and debris erupts from the volcano.
2007 - Hamas fighters take over two security command centers and vanquish the rival Fatah's movement in the Gaza Strip, prompting beleaguered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the Hamas-Fatah unity government.
Today's Birthdays:
Harriet Beecher Stowe, U.S. writer (1811-1896); John Bartlett, English writer/editor of "Familiar Quotations" (1820-1905); Gene Barry, U.S. actor (1923--); Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine-born revolutionary (1928-1967); Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-born writer (1933-1991); Donald Trump, U.S. businessman/TV personality (1946--); Boy George, British pop singer (1961--); Yasmine Bleeth, U.S. actress (1968--); Steffi Graf, German tennis champion (1969--).
Thought For Today:
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told _ Victor Hugo, French writer (1802-1885).


Updated : 2020-11-30 04:36 GMT+08:00