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Monday, June 16

Monday, June 16

Today is Monday, June 16, the 168th day of 2008. There are 198 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1671 - Rebel Cossack leader Stenka Razin is executed by quartering in Moscow's Red Square.
1779 - Spain declares war on Britain, and begins a four-year siege of Gibraltar.
1917 - First All-Russian Congress of the Soviets is convened.
1920 - Council of League of Nations holds first public meeting at St. James Palace in London.
1940 - France's Maginot Line is abandoned to Germans in World War II.
1958 - Imre Nagy, premier of Hungary during the 1956 rebellion, is executed in Budapest.
1960 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower cancels visit to Japan after anti-American riots there.
1963 - First woman space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, is launched into orbit from base in Soviet Union.
1971 - U.S. Senate votes against plan calling for total American troop withdrawal from Vietnam by end of year.
1976 - Bloody rioting erupts in Soweto, South Africa, when black students protest being taught in Afrikaans. 600 die in months of racial upheaval. The day is now National Youth Day in South Africa.
1991 - Tens of thousands of Filipinos flee the eruption of Mount Pinatubo along ash-clogged roads, while the U.S. begins evacuating all 20,000 dependents of Clark Air Force Base. 700 people die in the eruption.
1992 - The U.S. and Russia agree to slash their arsenals of long range nuclear weapons by two-thirds reducing the chance of a "nuclear nightmare."
1993 - U.N. forces in Somalia launch new aerial attacks against buildings belonging to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1995 - The world's seven richest industrial countries endorse the creation of an international bailout fund to rescue countries on the verge of bankruptcy.
1997 - The I.R.A. kills two police officers in Northern Ireland. The British government calls off all further contact with Sinn Fein, the I.R.A.'s political arm.
1998 - Afghanistan's Taliban religious army orders the closing of more than 100 private schools that had been educating girls.
1999 - Amnesty International singles out the United States for human rights abuses citing use of the death penalty, particularly against people who committed crimes before they were 18.
2000 - In a setback for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Lebanon rejects the United Nations' verification of Israel's withdrawal, saying Israel still controls some Lebanese territory.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin meet for the first time in Slovenia. They agree to cooperate and have regular consultations.
2002 - Pope John Paul II canonizes Franciscan Capuchin friar Padre Pio, granting the Italian monk the name St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
2003 - A drought that began in 2001 puts some 12.6 million Ethiopians at risk of starving to death, United Nations food agencies say, adding that this could lead to the worst famine since a 1984-85 crisis in which a million people died of starvation.
2004 - Russia's richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his top business partner make a joint appearance at the start of a high-profile trial that will delve into Russia's murky recent past and set the tone for its future.
2005 - Masked gunmen seize dozens of children at an international school in northwestern Cambodia, killing a three-year-old Canadian boy and threatening to shoot others before police rescue the hostages.
2006 - The leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels announces a landmark agreement to make his followers part of the Himalayan kingdom's government for the first time.
2007 - North Korea invites U.N. nuclear inspectors in the first concrete sign of a breakthrough in the stalemate over the communist nation's disarmament held up by a financial dispute.
Today's Birthdays:
Geronimo, Apache Indian leader (1829-1909); Stan Laurel, U.S. actor (1890-1965); Bobby Clark, U.S. vaudevillian/comedian (1886-1960); Jean Peugeot, French car manufacturer (1896-1966); Barbara McClintock, U.S. geneticist and Nobel laureate (1902-1992); Joyce Carol Oates, U.S. author (1938--); Eddie Levert, U.S. singer (1942--); Joan Van Ark, U.S. actress (1943--).
Thought For Today:
We fear something before we hate it. A child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise _ Cyril Connolly, British critic (1903-1974).


Updated : 2021-06-16 05:47 GMT+08:00