Thursday, June 29, 2017

June 30

  • June 30, 827
    The allied fleets of Muslims lands in southwestern Sicily beginning the Muslim conquest of Sicily
  • June 30, 1097
    The Crusaders defeat the Turks at Battle of Dorylaeum
  • June 30, 1520
    Moctezuma II is murdered by the Aztec as Spanish conquistadors under Cortez fled the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan during the night and begin to plunder gold
  • June 30, 1859
    French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watch
  • June 30, 1893
    Excelsior Diamond, the second largest rough diamond of gem quality ever found, is discovered at the Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa
  • June 30, 1894
    Tower Bridge, a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames, is opened
  • June 30, 1908
    The Tunguska event near Tunguska River in central Siberia, Russia, later conjectured to be a meteorite strike, explodes 5-10 km above the forest and devastates thousands of square kilometers of Siberia
  • June 30, 1923
    New Zealand claims Ross Dependency in Antarctica
  • June 30, 1960
    Belgian Congo gains independence from Belgium as Republic of the Congo, triggering Congo Crisis, a conflict between nationalist faction under Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba and leader of country Mobutu Sese Seko
  • June 30, 1963
    Cardinal Montini elected Pope Paul VI, 262nd head of Roman Catholic Church
  • June 30, 1971
    Three cosmonauts die as Soyuz 11 depressurizes during reentry
  • June 30, 1997
    Collapse of the currency of Thailand sparks the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis
  • June 30, 2002
    Brazil national football team wins its fifth championship at the FIFA World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan

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