Election of Boris Yeltsin: 12 June 1991 – This Day in History

On this day in 1991, Boris Yeltsin was easily elected president of Russia (then part of the Soviet Union) in the republic’s first direct, popular elections, and he was president of independent Russia until the eve of 2000.

More Events on this day:

1991: A series of major explosions began inside Mount Pinatubo, a volcano in western Luzon, Philippines—its first eruption in 600 years.

1941: American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Chick Corea was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

1776: The constitutional convention of the colony of Virginia adopted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a model for the Bill of Rights later added to the U.S. Constitution.

1707: Bahdur Shah I won the Mughal throne of India by defeating his brother ‘Aam Shah at the Battle of Jajau.

1701: The Act of Settlement, the law that continues to regulate the succession to the throne of the United Kingdom, was passed by Parliament.

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily

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