Sunday, June 1, 1997
The NBA Finals, pitting the Bulls against the Jazz, open in Chicago.
The second round of French parliamentary elections takes place.
The Hong Kong Alliance in support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China holds a rally and march in memory of 1989 Tiananmen massacre victims.
The annual assembly of the Organization of American States opens in Lima, Peru.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Brazil.
On the horizon
On Monday, June 2, Canada is scheduled to hold its general elections.
On Tuesday, June 3, it will be the eighth anniversary of China's crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square.
On Wednesday, June 4, the World Economic Forum issues its world competitiveness report in Zurich.
On Thursday, June 5, multi-party legislative elections are scheduled to be held in Algeria, the first since authorities annulled 1992's general election.
On Friday, June 6, the 44th Sydney Film Festival takes place in Australia.
On this day
In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state to be admitted to the Union.
In 1794, a French fleet protecting a wheat convoy under Admiral Villaret de Joyeuse was intercepted and defeated by the British under Lord Howe in the second battle of Ushant.
In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state to be admitted to the Union.
In 1880, the first telephone box for public use went into service. It was installed by the Connecticut Telephone Co. in their office at Yale Bank Building in New Haven.
In 1943, Leslie Howard, the British film star and director, was shot down by enemy aircraft over the Bay of Biscay on a flight from Lisbon to Ireland. He had appeared in the films "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Gone with the Wind."
In 1946, the Romanian general and statesman Ion Antonescu, dictator of the pro-German government during World War II, was executed.
In 1958, war hero Gen. Charles De Gaulle became prime minister of France at the head of an emergency government during a crisis over the future of French North African colonies.
In 1972, Iraq nationalized some oil fields belonging to the western-owned Iraq Petroleum Company.
In 1973, the military government in Greece announced the abolition of the monarchy and proclaimed a republic.
In 1979, the former Rhodesia became Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, ending 89 years of white rule.
In 1987, Rashid Karami, Lebanon's veteran Sunni Muslim prime minister, was killed when a bomb exploded aboard a helicopter taking him to Beirut from Tripoli. He was 65.
In 1990, U.S. President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a bilateral agreement to stop producing chemical arms and to begin destroying stocks by the end of 1992.
In 1994, South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after an absence of 33 years.
In 1996, Ukraine became a nuclear weapons-free nation with the transfer of the last of its warheads to Russia.
Michael Jordan begins his latest quest for the NBA's championship when the NBA Finals open in Chicago: Bulls vs. Jazz. Jordan's basketball heroics have inspired many fan Web pages. One of the better offerings is Micol Peterson's Tribute to Michael Jordan page, located on a computer at Michael's alma mater the University of North Carolina. Peterson has something for every MJ fan, from the beginning to baseball to his latest title run.
Holidays and more
Kenya celebrates Madaraka Day.
Malaysia celebrates its Dayak Festival.
Mongolia celebrates Women and Children Day.
Actor Rene Auberjonois is 57.
Librarian of Congress James Hadley Billington is 68.
Singer Pat Boone is 63.
Actor Pat Corley is 67.
Actor Morgan Freeman is 60.
Actor Andy Griffith is 71.
Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 41.
Actor Jonathan Pryce is 50.
Musician Ron Wood is 50.
Actor Edward Woodward is 67.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan