To­day in his­tory

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion -

To­day is Mon­day, June 30, the 181st day of 2014. There are 184 days left in the year. High­lights in his­tory on this date: 1652 – Eng­land de­clares war on the Dutch. 1934 – Night of Long Knives: hun­dreds of leading Nazis are mur­dered on Hitler’s or­ders. 1971 – Three Soviet cos­mo­nauts, in space for more than three weeks, are found dead when their Soyuz 11 space­craft lands. A leak had caused their craft to de­com­press. 1997 – Hong Kong is trans­ferred to China af­ter 156 years of Bri­tish rule. 2002 – Catholic bish­ops in New Zealand use masses to apol­o­gise for his­toric cases of sex abuse by priests, as the world-wide scan­dal af­fect­ing the church spreads here. 2008 – US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush signs leg­is­la­tion to pay for the war op­er­a­tions in Iraq and Afghanistan for the rest of his pres­i­dency and be­yond, hail­ing the $162 bil­lion plan as a rare prod­uct of bi­par­ti­san co-oper­a­tion.

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