To­day in his­tory

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1880: Transvaal de­clares in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tian. 1969: Soviet Union sends third space­craft into or­bit in as many days, putting seven cos­mo­nauts in space. 1981: Vot­ers in Egypt par­tic­i­pate in a ref­er­en­dum to elect Vice-Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak as the new pres­i­dent, one week after the as­sas­si­na­tion of An­war Sa­dat. 1991: Twenty-one peo­ple are killed in a se­ries of at­tacks in town­ships. 2006: Bangladeshi econ­o­mist Muham­mad Yunus wins the No­bel Prize for the pi­o­neer­ing use of tiny loans to lift mil­lions out of poverty. 2010: Miner after miner climbs into a cramped cage deep be­neath the Chilean earth, and are hoisted through 610m of rock – deep­est un­der­ground en­trap­ment in his­tory.

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