I thought the university could use some more history. So almost everyday I will be posting an important event in history. It may be related to current events or it could be completely random. So starting off: June 30 1997: The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China Importance today: Yesterday Hong Kong finished voting in an unofficial referendum. The referendum concerned whether the people of Hong Kong should directly elect their chief executive. The Chinese government has promised elections by 2017, an election most likely to contain candidates handpicked by Beijing. Over 800,000 voted in the referendum.