On this day - June 22

2011-06-22 07:41
Today is Wednesday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2011. There are 192 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1826 - Pan-American Congress meets in Panama in effort to unite American republics.

1874 - The first telegraph link between Brazil and Europe is established.

1940 - After being overrun in a few weeks, France signs an armistice with Germany at Compiegne, in the same railway car used for the German armistice of 1918.

1941 - Germany invades the Soviet Union.

1969 - Southern Yemen's president, As Shaabi, is overthrown and replaced by five-man presidential council.

1973 - Skylab 1 astronauts return safely to Earth after record 28 days aboard first US orbiting space station.

1990 - Freed South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela addresses United Nations during trip to New York.

1992 - Mortar shells rain down on battered Sarajevo, killing at least 21 people, wounding at least 135 others and shattering UN efforts to open the airport to relief supplies.

1993 - The United Nations resumes food distribution in Mogadishu, Somalia, 10 days after fighting between UN troops and those of warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid halt.

1994 - The World Wildlife Federation announces the discovery of the Vu Quang ox, a deer-like animal in Vietnam and only the seventh large land mammal discovered since 1900.

1995 - Facing a major political crisis, Russian President Boris Yeltsin threatens to disband Parliament if they vote to remove his Cabinet. The Parliament later backs down.

1996 - European Union members meeting in Florence, Italy, fail to agree on a plan to fight high unemployment in Europe and oppose US efforts to punish foreign companies that do business in Cuba, Iran and Libya.

1999 - India claims it has recovered the bodies of seven Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir, saying they are evidence that the Pakistani army, not guerrillas, are behind an incursion.

2000 - A fire at a backpackers' hostel in Childers, Australia, kills 15.

2001- Shattering an 11-day cease-fire, government troops attack ethnic Albanian rebels with tanks and helicopter gunships, threatening talks aimed at averting civil war.

2002 - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad shocks Malaysia with the sudden announcement of his resignation after 21 years in office. He steps down on October 25 2003.

2003 - A US marine is killed and eight other service members are injured by errant bombs dropped by a US B-52 Stratofortress in Djibouti.

2004 - The United States announces it will transfer legal custody of Saddam Hussein and other top prisoners to Iraqi authorities as soon as Iraqi courts issue the necessary warrants.

2005 - An American U-2 spy plane crashes while returning to its base in the United Arab Emirates, killing the pilot after a mission in support of US troops in Afghanistan.

2006 - Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas kiss and embrace in the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in more than a year. Olmert also makes a rare apology for Palestinian civilian deaths in recent Israeli airstrikes.

2007 - Nato and US-led coalition forces kill about 60 insurgents along the Afghan-Pakistan border in what is described as the largest insurgent formation crossing the border region in six months.

2008 - The head of the UN refugee agency in Somalia's capital is abducted from his home, the latest in a string of kidnappings in this chaotic African nation.

2009 - A US judge orders a Guantanamo Bay detainee from Syria released after chastising prosecutors for claiming a man tortured, imprisoned and abandoned by al-Qaeda and the Taliban could still be working with them.

Today's Birthdays:
Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian nationalist leader (1805-1872); H Rider Haggard, British writer (1856-1925); Erich Maria Remarque, German writer (1898-1970); Billy Wilder, Austrian-born film director (1906-2002); Ed Bradley, CBS correspondent (1941-2006); Kris Kristofferson, US country singer/actor (1936--); Meryl Streep, US actress (1949--); Cyndi Lauper, US singer (1953--); Dan Brown, U.S. author (1964--).

Thought For Today:
He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave - William Drummond, British writer (1585-1649).

- Sapa-AP

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