28 June 2012
Timeline June 27 to 30
1844 Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob at Carthage, Ill.
1838 Britain's Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
1914 Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist. This event triggered WW I.
1919 The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending WW I.
1858 George Goethals, American army engineer who directed construction of the Panama Canal, was born.
1995 The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
1859 French acrobat Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.
1908 An asteroid exploded above Tunguska in Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown over trees.
1997 The Union Jack was lowered in Hong Kong as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling for 156 years.