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June 29 in History

Update: June, 29/2012 - 09:04

 

1847

The Convention of Gramido ends the civil war in Portugal.

1855

The Daily Telegraph is first published in London.

1868

The British news agency the Press Association is founded.

1949

South Africa begins its apartheid programme.

1966

Ha Noi and Hai Phong are attacked by the United States for the first time in the American air war against North Viet Nam. Vietnamese air defence and air force shoot down four American jets and capture a number of American pilots.

1967

Israel defies international protests and unites the divided city of Jerusalem for the first time in two decades, following victory in the Six-Day War.

1972

The US Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is contrary to the constitution.

1980

Vigdis Finnbogadotir is elected Iceland's president, Europe's first democratically elected woman head of state.

1995

A department store in Seoul collapses, killing at least 114 people and injuring 910 in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.

2000

A first printing of the US Declaration of Independence fetchs US$8.14 million in a Sotheby's online auction, breaking the record for any sale on the internet.

2001

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 63, is unanimously re-elected to a second term by 189-member General Assembly. He pledges to redouble efforts to strengthen human rights and start carrying out a global plan to lift millions out of abject poverty.

2006

Female voters in Kuwait, who won the right to vote and run for office last year, cast ballots in parliamentary elections for the first time.—AP/REUTERS

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