The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

1492: Christo­pher Colum­bus notes in jour­nal use of to­bacco among In­di­ans; the first recorded ref­er­ence to to­bacco. 1791: First grapevine in colony of NSW is

planted at Par­ra­matta 1920: League of Na­tions Assem­bly holds

first meet­ing in Geneva. 1928: Fas­cist Grand Coun­cil be­comes

part of Ital­ian con­sti­tu­tion. 1976: Syr­ian army takes full con­trol of Beirut, ef­fec­tively end­ing 18-month civil war in Le­banon. 1979: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher names Sir An­thony Blunt as a spy for the Rus­sians and the “fourth man” in the Burgess-Philby-MacLean spy ring. 1997: China’s best known dis­si­dent Wei Jing­sheng (above) is re­leased on health grounds from a 14-year jail term and left for the United States the next day. 2009: Kosovo holds its first lo­cal elec­tion since declar­ing in­de­pen­dence from Ser­bia. 2013: China’s lead­ers an­nounce the first sig­nif­i­cant eas­ing of its one-child pol­icy in 30 years and move to abol­ish its labour camp sys­tem.

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