Today in history
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.