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June 11 in History

Update: June, 11/2012 - 09:26

 

1847

John Franklin, English naval officer and Arctic explorer, dies in Canada attempting to discover the Northwest Passage.

1864

Birth of Richard Strauss, German composer. Known for his operas including Salome and Der Rosenkavalier, he was also famed for his orchestral pieces notably Also sprach Zarathustra.

1963

The Venerable Thich Quang Duc burns himself to death to protest repression of Buddhists by Ngo Dinh Diem's administration in then South Viet Nam.

1975

Representatives of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam and the Republic of France sign an agreement on post and telegraph co-operation.

1981

In Iran, over 1,000 people are killed in an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. The town of Golbaf in Kerman Province is destroyed.

1992

Viet Nam and the Republic of Moldova establish diplomatic relation.

2001

In northern Colombia, thousands turn out to protest a US-backed programme to aerially eradicate coca crops. They wanted the government to manually eradicate the plant used to make cocaine instead of spraying the countryside.

2003

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam reject a peace offer by Sri Lanka for rebel participation in a provisional administrative body for the Tamil-majority northern and eastern portions of the country. The rebels demanded to be put in charge of an interim administration with legal and political powers that would give them authority in the region.

2004

Congo government troops put down a coup attempt, overcoming the second crisis this month for the country's patched-together, postwar government.

2005

The world's richest countries agree to write off more than US$40 billion of debt owed by the poorest nations. The debt relief package backed by finance ministers from the Group of Eight industrialised nations is part of a British-led effort to lift Africa out of poverty.

2008

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a public apology in Parliament for a decades-long government policy requiring Canadian Indians to attend state-funded schools aimed at stripping them of their culture.

2009

The World Health Organisation says swine flu is now formally a pandemic, a declaration that speeds vaccine production and spurs government spending to combat the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.

2010

The news that the oil leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico may be twice as big as previously thought could have major repercussions for both the environment and BP's financial health, killing more marine life and dramatically increasing the amount the company must pay in fines and damages. — AP/REUTERS

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