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  • Source:National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior
  • Date:2009/7/28
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Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Today is Tuesday, July 28, or the seventh day of the sixth month of the Year of the Ox according to the lunar calendar. Following is a list of important events that have occurred on this date in the past:

1750: Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and organist, dies at the age of 65. Among the greatest composers in history, he wrote more than 200 cantatas, along with numerous chamber ensembles, and numerous works for the organ, the harpsichord, and other solo instruments.

1821: Peru declares independence from Spain.

1868: The 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, granting citizenship to African-Americans.

1914: Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia while Tsar Nicholas II mobilizes 1.2 million troops, actions which culminate in the outbreak of World War I.

1928: Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru, is born. He became Peru's first president of Japanese origin in 1990.

1937: Japanese troops capture Peiping (Beijing).

1965: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson sends another 50,000 American ground troops to Vietnam.

1966: The Republic of China Executive Yuan appoints Liu Chieh as chief delegate to the 21st United Nations General Assembly.

1967: The Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movement is officially organized at Yangmingshan, with President Chiang Kai-shek as its leader.

1968: The first batch of Taiwan-produced Coca-Cola hits the market.

1976: An earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale rocks Tangshan in northern China, killing more than 240,000 people and injuring over 160,000 others.

1977: Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, ROC Premier Chiang Ching-kuo warns the Carter administration that U.S. recognition of the Communist Chinese regime would shatter the peace in Asia.

1978: The second "buy American" mission, led by H.K. Shao, director general of the Board of Foreign Trade, returns from a 49-day visit to the United States with total purchase orders worth US$768.7 million.

1979: Chang Kwang-shih, the ROC minister of economic affairs, holds a press conference to announce a power rate increase averaging 30 percent.

1980: Lee Chiang-lin, the younger brother of the wife of Kaohsiung Mayor Wang Yu-yun, is killed in California by a bomb planted by activists advocating Taiwan independence.

1980: Arizona Secretary of State Rose Mofford, Governor Lin Yang-kang of Taiwan, and Assemblyman Ko Min-mou sign proclamations establishing a sister-state relationship.

1987: The Bureau of Entry & Exit under the ROC Ministry of the Interior begins to accept ROC citizens' applications to enter Hong Kong and Macau.

1988: The ROC Executive Yuan approves regulations governing the import of publications, films, and radio and television programs from communist-controlled areas.

1993: The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) decides to allow the ROC to join the Uruguay Round of trade talks.

1996: Communist China explodes a nuclear bomb in a test at its Lop Nor testing ground. The force of the explosion registers a 4.3 on the Richter scale.

1997: Thailand's Seni Pramoj dies at the age of 92. He served as Thailand's prime minister three times after World War II.

1999: France's Matra Transport Co., the contractor for the Mucha Line of Taipei's Mass Rapid Transport System, wins a lawsuit and a large compensation package from Taipei's Rapid Transit System Department.

2000: Chiang Kai-shek International Airport's second terminal, with a price-tag of NT$17.9 billion (US$577 million), is inaugurated after 11 years of planning and construction.

2000: The fifth economic consultation meeting between the Republic of China and Australia ends in Taipei with both sides agreeing to promote investment.


Confucius' lesson of the day: "When the ruler becomes a father to the common people, the mass of the people will exert themselves for the good of the state."

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