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Monday, June 2, 1997

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  • "The Mailman doesn't deliver on a Sunday."

    -- Scottie Pippin to Karl Malone

    Today's events

  • Canada is scheduled to hold its general elections.

  • Britain's Princess Diana's ballgowns and evening dresses are scheduled to go on public view at Christie's in London before they are auctioned off in New York on June 25 to raise funds for cancer and AIDS charities.

  • Austrian President Thomas Klestil is scheduled to visit Spain.

  • Romanian President Emil Constantinescu and Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma are expected to meet in Romania's main Black Sea port to sign a key post-communist treaty, settling border and minority issues dating back to World War II.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, multiparty 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 Sunday, June 8, Nordic and Baltic defense ministers are scheduled to meet in Saaremaa, Estonia.

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    On this day

  • In 1420, Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, daughter of Charles VI, king of France.

  • In 1734, in the War of the Polish Succession, Russia and Austria finally took Danzig after a siege which had begun the previous October.

  • In 1774, the Quartering Act was revived in Britain, forcing people in America to provide housing for British troops in America.

  • In 1780, riots began in London led by Lord George Gordon in protest against Parliament's plans to extend the Catholic Relief Act (1778) canceling restrictions on Roman Catholics.

  • In 1793, after three days of revolt in France, 31 Girondists were arrested and ousted from the Convention.

  • In 1896, broadcasting by electromagnetic waves was first patented on this day by Guglielmo Marconi.

  • In 1899, Spain ceded the Carolinas, Pelews, Marianne and Ladrones to Germany.

  • In 1932, Major Frank Holmes, a New Zealand engineer, struck oil for the first time in Bahrain.

  • In 1953, the coronation of Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London. This coronation was the first to be televised.

  • In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in Poland in the first visit by a Pope to a communist country.

  • In 1988, in Canberra, the High Court unanimously rejected Britain's bid to ban further publication in Australia of the "Spycatcher" memoirs of former secret agent Peter Wright.

  • In 1992, Denmark's voters rejected the EC Maastricht Treaty by the slimmest of margins, stunning the European Community and their own overwhelmingly pro-Treaty leaders.

  • In 1993, Challenger Melchior Ndadaye toppled military president Pierre Buyoya in Burundi's first free elections to give the majority Hutu tribe its first national leader.

  • In 1994, 29 people, including top Northern Ireland undercover police fighting the IRA, were killed when their helicopter crashed on a remote Scottish headland.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Foundation Day in Australia.

  • It is Coronation Day of the Fourth Hereditary King in Bhutan.

  • Today is Corpus Christi in Colombia and Venezuela.

  • It is the Queen's Birthday in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

  • Today is a Summer Holiday in Ireland.

  • It's Madaraka Day in Kenya.

  • Today is Independence Day in Western Samoa.

  • Actress Diana Canova is 44.

  • Actor Gary Grimes is 42.

  • Actor Charles Haid is 54.

  • Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 53.

  • Actor Stacy Keach is 56.

  • Actress Sally Kellerman is 61.

  • Actor Jerry Mathers is 49.

  • Actor Milo O'Shea is 71.

  • Musician Charlie Watts is 56.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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