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September 20 in History

Update: September, 20/2012 - 09:38

 

1697

Treaty of Rijswijk is signed, under which England, Spain, Holland and the Holy Roman Emperor make peace with France at the end of the War of the Grand Alliance.

1863

Death of Jacob Karl Grimm, one of two 19th-century German scholars and brothers, who were leaders in the study of philology and folklore. Jacob's greatest scientific work is Deutsche Grammatik (German Grammar), generally considered the foundation of Germanic philology.

1961

Vietnamese Professor Ton That Tung performs with success an open liver operation, the first ever in Viet Nam, at the Viet Duc (Viet Nam-Germany) Hospital in Ha Noi.

1973

The Democratic Republic of Viet Nam and the Republic of Malta set up diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level.

1977

Viet Nam becomes the 149th member of the United Nations.

1990

The East German parliament and the West German lower house approve the treaty unifying the two countries.

1992

French voters barely approve the Maastricht Treaty on European Union, by 51 per cent.

1993

Fearing the economy is sliding back toward recession, Japan's central bank cuts its key interest rate to a record low of 1.75 per cent.

1996

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's brother, Murtaza Bhutto, is killed, as are seven supporters, in a gunbattle with police outside his Karachi home.

1999

Kosovo Liberation Army leaders and the NATO-led peacekeeping force sign an agreement to demilitarise the former rebel army and transform it into a 5,000-member civilian corps.

2010

Genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as the conventional fish appears to be safe, an advisory committee tells the US Food and Drug Administration. But they argue that more testing may be needed before it is served on dinner tables. — AP

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