On this day - June 9

2011-06-09 07:45
Today is Thursday, June 9, the 160th day of 2011. There are 205 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

68 - Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide after being ousted in a military coup.

1572 - Turkish fleet puts to sea to complete capture of Cyprus.

1752 - French forces at Trichinopoly, now Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, surrender to British.

1800 - Austrians are defeated by French in Battle of Montebello, Italy.

1815 - Representatives from 200 states, governorships, cities and corporations from all over Europe adopt the Congress Act in Vienna, rearranging Europe after the Napoleonic Wars.

1896 - Russo-Japanese agreement recognizes Russia's position in Korea.

1924 - A military coup in Bulgaria overthrows the popular reformist government of Aleksandur Stamboliyski.

1940 - Norway's army surrenders to Germans.

1946 - Ananda Mahidol, the young king of Thailand who recently returned to take up his duties, is found dead in his bed with a gunshot wound.

1967 - Gamal Abdel Nasser resigns as president of Egypt after his country is defeated in Six-Day War with Israel.

1972 - US planes raid perimeters of Hanoi and Haiphong in most concentrated bombing of North Vietnam's military heartland in more than four years.

1984 - Iran and Iraq trade air attacks on residential areas across their border, causing heavy damage and casualties.

1991 - King Hussein and Jordanian politicians sign a document to revive multiparty democracy 34 years after political parties were banned.

1993 - The United States announces it has sent heavily armed aircraft to bolster UN troops fighting Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid.

1995
- Colombian police arrest Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, the leader of the Cali drug cartel, the world's largest drug syndicate.

1996
- Iraqi officials and UN experts begin dismantling a major biological weapons factory outside Baghdad.

1997
- Civil servants deal another blow to a military junta's attempts to assert control in Sierra Leone, refusing orders to return to work and calling for the return of the civilian president.

1998 - Signalling a possible easing of Indonesia's tight control, new President BJ Habibie says he's ready to grant special status to East Timor in exchange for peace in the disputed territory.

1999 - The Nato commander in Macedonia signs a peace agreement for Kosovo with Yugoslav generals, providing for the withdrawal of Serb forces, suspension of the Nato air campaign and the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

2000 - France and Germany agree to strengthen a common European defence that will be less dependent on the United States.

2001 - Iranian president Mohammed Khatami wins re-election with a landslide 75% of the vote. The mandate points toward the people's unmistakable demand that conservative clerics must loosen their grip on Iran.

2002
- Australia's Roman Catholic Church admits that a non-disclosure clause had been included in some compensation agreements between the church and victims of sexual abuse by priests, a violation of church policy.

2003 - Britain decides to delay adopting the euro, the European Union's single currency, but signals that it might be prepared to join the European Monetary Union before its 2005 general election.

2005 - The United States formally requests the extradition of Colombia's most brutal paramilitary warlord, Diego Murillo, who is accused of drug trafficking and had been arrested on murder charges.

2006 - Hamas' military wing backs out of a truce after an Israeli artillery strike against suspected rocket-launching sites in the Gaza Strip hits a family beach picnic, killing seven people, including three children.

2007 - Thailand expels 163 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers who had been detained near a large refugee settlement.

2008 - Scientists at a US government weapons laboratory announce they have built the world's fastest computer, capable of sustaining 1 000 trillion operations per second. It will be used to help maintain the US nuclear weapons stockpile.

Today's Birthdays:

Peter I the Great, czar of Russia (1672-1725); George Stephenson, English engineer, principal inventor of the locomotive (1781-1848); Otto Nicolai, German composer (1810-1849); Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician (1836-1917); Cole Porter, US songwriter (1893-1964); Joe Santos, actor (1936--); Michael J Fox,
US actor (1961--); Johnny Depp, US actor (1963--); Natalie Portman, US actress (1981--); Aaron Sorkin, writer/producer (1961--).

Thought For Today:

Be the inferior of no man, nor of any be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart - William Saroyan, American playwright (1908-1981).

Sapa-AP

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