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This Day in History - September 28

Friday, September 28, 2012    

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Today's Highlight

1927: Jamaican musicologist, social anthropologist and author Dr Olive Lewin, OJ, is born in Hayes, Clarendon.

Other Events

1850: Flogging is abolished as a form of punishment in the US Navy.

1941: Nazi German terror campaign begins in Czechoslovakia.

1950: Indonesia is admitted to UN.

1958: The new 5th Republican French Constitution is approved.

1972: Japan and Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations.

1980: Iran rejects UN Security Council resolution to end the war with Iraq, stating Iraq was violating its territorial sovereignty and fomenting rebellion among Iran's minority population in the Khuzistan and Kurdistan provinces.

1987: India and Sri Lanka's Tamil guerrilla group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, agree to an accord that gives the Tigers a council majority to administer the semiautonomous northern and eastern provinces in Sri Lanka.

1991: Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko agrees to form a coalition government with opposition leaders after five days of rioting. It is the first time in his 26 years of rule that he agrees to share power.

1997: Swiss voters overwhelmingly approve their country's liberal drug policies, including the dispensation of heroin to addicts.

1998: Serbia's premier Mirko Marjanovic says Kosovo's armed separatists have been defeated and special police units will be withdrawn from the province.

2000: Thousands of angry students clash with security forces after a court dismisses charges of massive corruption against Indonesian ex-dictator Suharto because of failing health.

2001: The UN Security Council ends sanctions against Sudan. The sanctions had been imposed in 1996 after Sudan refused to extradite suspects in a 1995 attempt to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

2008: Austrian 16-year-olds vote for the first time in parliamentary elections under a new law.

2010: The youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is elected to his first prominent posts in the ruling Workers' Party, putting him well on the path to succeeding his father as leader of the nuclear-armed, reclusive nation.

Today’s Birthdays

Prosper Merimee, French author (1803-1870); Georges Clemenceau, French premier (1841-1929); Peter Finch, Australian actor (1916-1977); Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (1924-1996); Brigitte Bardot, French actress (1934-); Ben E King, US singer (1938-); John Sayles, US film director/writer (1950-); Janeane Garofalo, actress (1964-); Mira Sorvino, actress (1967-); Naomi Watts, actress (1968-).

—Jamaica Observer and AP

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