THIS DAY IN HISTORY 01/07


THIS DAY IN HISTORY 01/07

JULY 1ST

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1200 – In China, sunglasses are invented

1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market

1949 – Bao Dai’s Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France

1960 – Ghana becomes a republic

1962 – Burundi & Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days)

1968 – US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

1976 – Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.

1999 – The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

2013 – Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1961 – Diana Spencer, Sandringham England, Princess of Wales, (d. 1997)

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1961 – Carl Lewis [Frederick], Birmingham Alabama, sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96)

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1977 – Liv Tyler, New York City, American actress and daughter of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler (Stealing Beauty)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1860 – Charles Goodyear, American inventor

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1992 – Francisco Mendes, Guinea-Bissauan politician (b. 1933)

2004 – Marlon Brando, actor (“The Godfather”, “A Street Cart Named Desire” and “On the Water Front”)

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