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June 12 in History

Update: June, 12/2012 - 10:54

 

1667

A 15-year-old boy becomes the first to receive a blood transfusion when Jean-Baptiste Denys, physician of French King Louis XIV, treats his fever with lamb's blood.

1917

King Constantine of Greece abdicates, making way for son Alexander.

1935

Paraguay and Bolivia sign a truce ending bloody 3-year Chaco War. Paraguay gets most of the disputed Chaco region, while Bolivia gets a river port.

1940

Japanese planes bomb Chungking, China, capital of the Nationalist movement.

1952

Nordic nationals are for the first time able to cross the borders between their countries without passports.

1964

Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and other anti-apartheid leaders sentenced to life in prison in South Africa.

1991

Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupts for the first time in centuries, causing widespread damage and 700 deaths.

1993

UN forces launch offensive against Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid.

1997

The United States announces it will try to limit NATO expansion to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, snubbing Slovenia and Romania.

1999

NATO troops flood into Kosovo and come face-to-face with Russian troops who seize the airport in Pristina in an unexpected move. The Russian foreign minister calls the Russian deployment a mistake.

2003

The United Nations Security Council passes a US-led resolution that grants immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to US and other citizens on UN missions from countries that had not ratified the court's founding treaty. — AP

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