28 June 2012

Timeline June 27 to 30

June 27
1844  Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob at Carthage, Ill.

June 28
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.

June 29
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.

June 30
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.

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