Today in History

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Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Today is Friday, July 27, 2018, or the 15th day of the 6th month of the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

The following is a list of important events that occurred on this date in the past:

1789: Thomas Jefferson is made head of the new US Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner to the US State Department.

1835: Giosue Carducci, Italian poet who won the 1906 Nobel Prize for literature, is born. He is considered modern Italy's national poet.

1839: The Opium War between the Ching court and Britain begins after Ching Commissioner Lin Tse-hsu burns more than 20,000 chests of opium taken from foreign merchants.

1890: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch post-impressionist painter, shoots himself in suburban Paris. He dies on July 29 at the age of 37, ending his long struggle with depression.

1921: Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolate insulin at the University of Toronto.

1937: Japanese troops attack Peking.

1941: Japan invades Indochina.

1953: A peace pact is signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting in the Korean War.

1954: Britain and Egypt reach an agreement, ending 72 years of British occupation of the Suez Canal Zone.

1973: The Taiwan Synthetic Rubber Corporation is inaugurated.

1973: Col. Antonia Martinez Varela, the Salvadoran interior minister, arrives in Taipei for an eight-day visit.

1976: Britain breaks off diplomatic ties with Idi Amin's Uganda.

1976: Japan's former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka is arrested for involvement in a bribery case.

1976: The 12th meeting of the Academia Sinica opens in Taipei.

1980: The deposed Shah of Iran Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who fled the country in 1979 ahead of the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini, dies in Cairo's Maadi Military Hospital at the age of 60.

1985: Ugandan President Apollo Milton Obote is overthrown by a military coup in which military leaders dissolve the National Assembly and take control of the government. General Tito Okello is declared president.

1993: The ROC and South Korea sign an agreement setting up representative offices in Taipei and Seoul.

1996: Riots rock Indonesia when police storm the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party.

1996: A bomb explodes in a park during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, killing two and wounding 110.

1997: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces the closure of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

1999: Economics official from Sweden and the ROC agree to further bolster economic and trade cooperation between the two countries by announcing plans to sign an agreement on double-tax exemptions.

1999: Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou returns from a 10-day trip to Israel, France, and Italy that was aimed at promoting city-to-city relationships.

2002: A SU-27 fighter jet crashes into a crowd of spectators at an air show in Lviv, Ukraine. The two crewmen ejected and survived, but 83 people on the ground were killed and 116 injured.

2006: The U.S. Minor League Staten Island Yankees Stadium names July 27, 2006 its "Chien-Ming Wang Day" in honor of the Taiwanese right-hand pitcher.

2009: The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the first of its kind, opens in Washington, D.C.

2011: China's Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng says the country is rebuilding an old aircraft carrier for "scientific research and personnel training" purposes. It is widely believed that the carrier is the Varyag purchased from Ukraine.

Confucius' lesson of the day: "When the ruler identifies himself with the interests and welfare of the body of public officers, there will be a strong spirit of loyalty among the gentlemen of the country."


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