Friday, June 30, 2006

Notable Events June 30

In 1908, a spectacular explosion occurred over central Siberia, probably caused by a meteorite. The fireball reportedly could be seen hundreds of miles away.
  • Siberia n. 西伯利亞
  • meteorite n. 隕石、流星
In 1923, jazz pioneer Sidney Bechet made his first recording. It included "Wild Cat Blues": and "Kansas City Blues."
爵士樂先驅Sidney Bechet錄下第一張唱片

In 1934, German leader Adolf Hitler ordered a bloody purge of his own political party, assassinating hundreds of Nazis whom he feared might become political enemies some day.
  • purge n. 清洗、淨化,這裡是指"清黨"
In 1936, Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel "Gone With the Wind" was published.
Margaret Mitchell著作的南北戰爭小說"飄"出版

In 1950, U.S. troops were moved from Japan to help defend South Korea against the invading North Koreans.

In 1971, three Soviet Cosmonauts, crewmembers of the world's first space station, were killed when their spacecraft depressurized during re-entry.
  • cosmonaut n. (尤其指前蘇聯)太空人
  • depressurize v. 失壓
In 1992, Fidel Ramos was inaugurated as the eighth Philippine president in the first peaceful transfer of power in a generation.
Fidel Ramos就任第八任菲律賓總統,是該世代第一個和平轉移政權的例子
  • inaugurate v.
    • 使...正式就任 He was inaugurated as President.
    • 開展 inaugurate a campaign
    • 為...舉行開幕式 The mayor inaugurated a bridge.
In 1994, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of her 1994 national championship title.
美國花式溜冰協會取消Tonya Harding 1994年的全國冠軍頭銜
  • figure skating n. 花式溜冰
  • strip
    • v.
      • 剝奪 strip him of the right
      • 剝去、剝光 strip off (clothes)/strip of/strip from
      • 拆卸、分解(機械) strip down
      • 從...刪去不需要的內容
      • 擠乾(牛的)奶
      • 去(菸葉等的)莖
      • 脫去衣服、脫光衣服
      • 表演脫衣舞
    • n.
      • 條、帶、細長片
      • 連環漫畫
      • 一行(或一列)郵票
      • 【口】足球選手的制服
      • 脫衣舞
In 1997, Mike Tyson apologized publicly for biting Evander Holyfield's ears during a heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas two days earlier, saying he'd become angered after Holyfield butted him.
拳王Mike Tyson為了在拉斯維加斯比賽重量級拳擊時咬對手耳朵致歉
  • butt v. 用頭(或角)猛撞
In 2000, the Presbyterian Church ordered its ministers not to conduct same-sex unions.
  • Presbyterian n. 長老會教會
  • conduct v. 帶領
In 2002, Israel announced it had killed a top Hamas bomb-maker, responsible for the deaths of more than 100 Israelis in suicide attacks, and had begun work on an electronic fence designed to block off three sides of Jerusalem from the West Bank.

And in 2002 sports, Brazil won its fifth World Cup soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Germany.

In 2003, after agreeing on a cease-fire with the Palestinians, Israel pulled out of most of the Gaza strip, ending for the time being a blockade on the main highway that began in 2000.

Also in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft, after nearly years in space on a U.S.-European mission, became the first to orbit the planet Saturn.
  • Saturn n. 土星
In 2005, Israel declared the Gaza Strip a closed military zone. All Israelis, except for residents, service providers and reporters, were barred from entering.
  • Gaza Strip 加薩走廊
  • bar v. 封鎖、阻隔
And, Spain became the third country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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