Today in History- June 7

Former Rwandan president Pasteur Bizimungu, shrugs as he leaves a court house in the capital Kigali on Monday June 7, 2004 after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for inciting ethnic violence, creating a militia and embezzling public funds in the tiny central African country, which is still scarred by the 1994 genocide, when some 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates were massacred by Hutu extremists in 100 days of bloodletting. Bizmungu, an ethnic Hutu who was president from 1994-2000, when he fell out with the country's Tutsi leadership, had denied all the charges while human rights observers said the process did not meet international standards for a fair trail. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly FOR/RSS/AA

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 7:

1929 – The Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.

1937 – Jean Harlow, legendary U.S. actress of the 1930s in such films as “Hell’s Angels”, died at the age of 26.

1942 – The Battle of Midway came to an end, inflicting the first major naval defeat on the Japanese in World War Two.

1973 – Willy Brandt visited Israel, the first visit by a West German leader to the country.

1981 – Israeli planes attacked and destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad, Iraq.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky named NHL’s Most Valuable Player for record ninth time.

1997 – Caoimhghin O Caolain won a seat in Ireland’s election becoming the first member of Sinn Fein, a political ally of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) guerrilla group, to enter Ireland’s parliament.

2004 – A Rwandan court sentenced former president Pasteur Bizimungu to 15 years in jail for charges that included creating a militia, embezzling state funds and inciting ethnic violence.

2005 – Anne Bancroft, Oscar and Tony Award winner, died aged 73. She was immortalized as Helen Keller’s teacher in “The Miracle Worker” and the seductive Mrs. Robinson in the iconic 1967 film “The Graduate”.

2014 – Dozens killed in a massacre in South Kivu, DRC.

2015 – Bradley Wiggins breaks cycling’s hour record.

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