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June 27 in History

Update: June, 27/2012 - 10:59

 

1693

The first women's magazine, The Ladies' Mercury, is published by John Dunton in London.

1829

Death of James Lewis Macie Smithson (born 1765), British chemist and mineralogist; He was elected to the Royal Society at the age of 22 and endowed the Smithsonian Institution in Washington in his will.

1946

The foreign ministers of Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union and France transfer the Dodecanese Islands from Italy to Greece, and areas of northern Italy to France.

1950

US President Truman declares that the United States will provide more military support to the French in their war to reoccupy Viet Nam by sending military advisors and weapons worth US$15 million, beginning the direct US intervention in the Asian country.

1954

The world's first atomic power station opens at Obninsk, near Moscow.

1977

After 117 years of French rule, the East African state of Djibouti becomes independent.

1997

Ninety-five countries agree, at a conference in Brussels, to a ban on land mines.

1997

Viet Nam and the US sign a treaty on copyright law.

1998

An earthquake rattles Adana in southern Turkey, killing 144 people and injuring about 1,000.

2000

The United Nations releases a report that says AIDS has killed 19 million people world-wide.

2007

British Prime Minister Tony Blair resigns after a decade in power, in which he transformed the Labour Party and helped end Northern Ireland's troubles but angered many of his supporters by committing Britain to a bloody, unpopular war in Iraq. — AP/REUTERS/VNS

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