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July 11 in History

Update: July, 11/2012 - 10:59

 

1614

Swedish army under Jacob De La Gardie defeats Russian forces at Bronnitsy. Sweden gains a continuous territorial base extending from Finland to Estonia, which protects the Finnish frontier and blocks Russia from access to the Baltic Sea.

1810

Napoleonic Empire annexes Holland.

1960

Premier Moise Tshombe of Katanga, now part of Congo, proclaims independence of that province.

1978

Truck carrying industrial gas explodes and sets fire to campsite on Mediterranean coast in Spain, killing at least 180 people.

1987

United Nations proclaims newborn boy Matej Gaspar in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, in what is now Croatia, the world's 5 billionth inhabitant.

1991

Jetliner carrying Nigerian pilgrims crashes in flames in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, killing all 261 people on board.

1992

Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega sentenced to 40 years in US prison for money laundering and drug trafficking.

2000

A damaged gasoline pipeline explodes in southern Nigeria, killing 200 people and injuring dozens of others.

2002

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung appoints the country's first female prime minister, Chang Sang.

2003

The CIA accepts responsibility for the false claim regarding Iraq obtaining uranium from Niger in US President George W. Bush's January State of the Union address.

2006

Eight bombs hit Bombay's commuter rail network during rush hour in the financial hub of India, killing at least 200 people and wounding hundreds more.

2007

Pakistani troops complete an eight-day siege and storming of Islamabad's radical Red Mosque. Some 102 people die, including 10 elite troops and at least 73 suspected pro-Taliban militants. — AP

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