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June 4 in History

Update: June, 04/2012 - 10:41

 

1783

The Montgolfier brothers fly a hot-air balloon with no passengers in it publicly, for the first time, on a 10-minute flight from the marketplace in their home town of Annonay, France.

1878

Turkey turns Cyprus over to the British.

1896

Henry Ford makes a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a quadricycle, through the streets of Detroit.

1956

Egypt announces it will not extend the Suez Canal Company's concession after expiration in 1959, leading to the Suez Crisis.

1970

The Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific becomes a member of British Commonwealth.

1974

Death toll from smallpox is listed as at least 10,000 in Indian state of Bihar, one of the worst epidemics since vaccination began.

1984

Indian troops attack the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar to flush out occupying militants. About 1,200 people died in the fighting.

1992

Russia and other former Soviet republics pledge to slash tanks and other weapons in a landmark arms-control accord.

1993

The UN Security Council agrees to send armed troops to Bosnia to protect six "safe havens": Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zepa, Srebrenica, Gorazde and Bihac.

2000

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake and dozens of strong after-shocks strike the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing more than 100 people, injuring some 1,900 and leaving thousands homeless.

2001

Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra dies. Three days earlier he shot the king, queen and seven members of the royal family before turning the gun on himself.

2003

The Special Court for Sierra Leone, set up to try war crimes suspects from the country's civil conflict, make public a 17-count indictment against Charles Taylor, the president of neighbouring Liberia.

The Viet Nam's Lawmakers Friendship Organisation under Viet Nam National Assembly makes its debut in Ha Noi. The establishment was aimed at impulsing the development of friendly relationship and co-operation between lawmakers of Viet Nam and other countries.

2004

Viet Nam is elected vice president of the United Nations Council of International Sea-bed Authority at its 10th annual meeting in Kingston, Jamaica.

2005

Opposition parties in Azerbaijan muster their biggest rally in years, bringing about 10,000 protesters into the streets of the capital, Baku, to call for free elections after authorities back down and give them permission to hold a demonstration. — AP/REUTERS

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