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27th June

1462 * Louis XII, King of France from 1498 to 1515.

1550 * Charles IX, King of France during the Wars of Religion.

1693 The first magazine for women, The Ladies Mercury was published.

1846 * Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish nationalist leader.

1880 * Helen Adams Keller, US blind, deaf and mute scholar.

1898 Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport Rhode Island, a 46,000-mile trip.

1950 President Harry S. Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War.

1954 The first nuclear power station opened in Obrinsk, 55 miles from Moscow, Russia.

1963 The US President John F Kennedy visited his ancestral homeland in County Wexford.

1967 The first cash dispenser in Britain became operational at Barclays Bank, Enfield, London.

1957 The link between smoking and lung cancer is one of 'direct cause and effect', a report by the Medical Research Council found.

1976 Six Palestinians hijacked an Air France Airbus at Athens with 280 passengers aboard.

1986 The International Court of Justice found the United States guilty of violating international law by supporting rebels in Nicaragua.

1991 Yugoslav tanks, troops and aircraft swept into the small republic of Slovenia, 48 hours after it declared independence.

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