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June 1 in History

Update: June, 01/2012 - 11:32

 

1479

The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, is founded.

1562

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I signs a truce with the Sultan of Turkey, Suleyman I, agreeing to pay tribute for Austria 's share of Hungary .

1949

The Women's International Democratic Federation adopts June 1 as International Children's Day for a future of peace, stability and happiness for children. The decision derived from the mass killing of women and children by the German fascists in Lidice of Czechoslovakia (June 1942) and in Oradour of France (June 1944).

1968

Death of Helen Adams Keller (born 1880), US writer and lecturer. Keller was blind, deaf and mute from early childhood but learned to read, write and speak at the age of seven. She is noted for her work for the blind.

1972

The Democratic Republic of Viet Nam and the Republic of Chile establish ambassadorial-level diplomatic relations.

1973

In Greece , the military government announces the abolition of the monarchy and proclaims a republic.

1979

The former Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe , ending 89 years of white rule.

1980

CNN, the Cable News Network, makes its debut in the United States .

1987

Lebanon 's Prime Minister Rashid Karami is killed when a time bomb planted in an attache case explodes in his lap aboard a helicopter.

1994

South Africa rejoins the British Commonwealth after 33 years.

2001

Nepal 's crown prince Dipendra shoots and kills his parents, King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya, and six other royal family members before shooting himself.

2008

Australia pulls its combat soldiers from Iraq , fulfilling an election promise that helped sweep Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to power in November.

2009

An Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris runs into a towering wall of thunderstorms and disappears over the Atlantic Ocean .

2010

Al-Qaeda announces that its No 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, has been killed along with members of his family – perhaps one of the most severe blows to the terror movement since the US campaign against al-Qaeda began. A US official said al-Yazid is believed to have died in a US missile strike. — AP/REUTERS

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