Today in History

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September 07

1822 Brazil proclaims independence from Portugal.

1888The first baby incubator is used to care for a premature infant.

1923Interpol is founded in Vienna.

1927 American Philo T. Farnsworth transmits an image through electronic means by using a device called an image dissector.

1939German army overruns Pomerania and Silesia in Poland.

1962 Laos establishes diplomatic relations with China and North Vietnam.

1985 Afghan rebels using rockets shoot down a civilian Afghan airliner.

1999Greece’s deadliest earthquake in more than 40 years strikes outside Athens, killing at least 101 people.

2005 Egyptians vote in their first multi-candidate presidential election.

2011A private Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team slams into a riverbank, killing at least 43 people.

2015Egyptian Agriculture Minister Salah Helal is arrested after he was sacked over corruption allegations.



Australian Prime Minister Gillard retains power

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has clung to power after winning the support of the two remaining undecided independent MPs. In a day of suspense and last-minute twists, the two independents MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott ended the stalemate when they announced they would support Gillard. Labour will govern with the support of three independents and one Greens MP. Striking a conciliatory tone in the charged political environment, Gillard said she would try to find common ground with the Opposition in the new Parliament.

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