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Tuesday, June 30

2009Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor
1997The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
1992Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joins the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher.
199132 miners are killed when a coal mine catches fire in the Donbass region of Ukraine releases toxic gas.
1990East Germany and West Germany merge their economies.
1987The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.
1986The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
1985Thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
1972The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.
1971The crew of the Soviet ''Soyuz 11'' spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve.
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh    Factoids
Studies show that mosquitoes prefer biting blondes to brunettes.

Mosquitoes    Factoids
The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

Blue Whale    Factoids
Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
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