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Reuters historical calendar - June 8

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London, June 7 (Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 8 since 1900: 1928 - Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese nationalist army secured the surrender of Peking after two days.

1947 - Eva Peron, wife of President Juan Peron, was given an effusive reception in Madrid by General Franco, a rare greeting by the Spanish dictator for a foreign dignitary.

1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve black people.

1968 - James Earl Ray, wanted for the assassination of Martin Luther King, was arrested in London.

1973 - General Francisco Franco handed over Spain's premiership to Luis Carrero Blanco after ruling alone for 34 years. He remained as head of state.

1986 - Kurt Waldheim was elected president of Austria despite controversy over his World War Two service in Nazi Germany's military.

1990 - The Russian Federation, the largest Soviet republic, declared that its constitution now took precedence over Soviet laws.

1995 - Lee Teng Hui became the first president of Taiwan to visit the United States, angering China.

1998 - Nigeria's military ruler, General Sani Abacha, died suddenly after more than four years in power; General Abdulsalam Abubakar was sworn in as Nigeria's ninth military ruler.

2000 - Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed direct presidential rule on Chechnya.

2000 - The British military attache in Athens, Brigadier Stephen Saunders, was shot and killed. The November 17 urban guerrilla group claimed responsibility the next day.

2001 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair won a historic second consecutive term in power by a huge margin, prompting opposition Conservative leader William Hague to resign.

2003 - Poland overwhelmingly voted ''Yes'' in a referendum on joining the European Union.

REUTERS CH KP1044

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