Today in history
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.