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June 20
2014

Military

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire after rebel forces shot down a military transport jet, killing 49 people

June 20
2010

Society Law Politics

Juan Manuel Santos secured a convincing victory in Colombia’s presidential election runoff, winning around 70% of the votes compared to his Green Party adversary Antanas Mockus

June 20
2010

Society Law Politics

Two months after President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash, Polish citizens cast their ballots to choose his successor. Acting president Bronislaw Komorowski eventually saw off the challenge of former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the late president’s twin brother, in a runoff on July 4

June 20
2009

Fine Arts

The new Acropolis Museum opened in Athens, housing over 3,000 artefacts from the city’s history from the Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece

June 20
2009

Deaths

The shooting by Iranian security forces of Neda Agha-Soltan, 27, drew international attention when pictures of her death were posted on the internet, fast becoming a rallying point for Iran’s reformist opposition

June 20
2009

Crime Espionage Terrorism

The bodies of two British hostages were found in Baghdad. They were identified as two of four private security guards kidnapped with computer expert Peter Moore in May 2007

June 20
2009

Deaths

At least 73 people were killed in a suicide truck bombing in Taza, near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The victims, from a predominantly Shia Turkmen community, were leaving a mosque at the time. Over 200 more were injured and 30 homes were destroyed in what was the deadliest bomb attack in more than a year, which came just days before U.S. forces were due to withdraw from towns and cities in Iraq

June 20
2007

Medical Science Technology

French government ministers were banned from using BlackBerrys over fears that the U.S. could intercept state secrets

June 20
2007

Economics Industry

The government of Dubai announced it had purchased the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 for $100 million, with the intention of turning the ship into a floating hotel. The project never went ahead

June 20
2006

People

Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, was flown out of Sierra Leone for his human rights trial at The Hague

June 20
2003

Disasters Accidents Riots

A boat loaded with illegal immigrants bound for Italy sank off the coast of Tunisia, drowning up to 190 people; a similar incident four days earlier had killed around 70

June 20
2001

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Andrea Yates, a mother of five from Texas, drowned her children, ranging from seven years to six months, in the bathtub before calling the police. Her husband claimed she was suffering from post-natal depression

June 20
2001

People

Pakistan’s military leader, General Pervez Musharraf, consolidated his grip on power by declaring himself president

June 20
1999

Sport Recreation

Australia beat Pakistan to win the Cricket World Cup in a one-sided final at Lord's, London

June 20
1999

Military

NATO formally ended its bombing campaign against Yugoslavia as Serb forces completed their withdrawal from Kosovo