Tuesday, June 3, 1997
Today is the eighth anniversary of China's crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square.
The Israeli Labor Party convention is scheduled to select a new leader.
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Comdex-Consumer Electronics show in Atlanta.
On the horizon
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
On Saturday, June 7, the 129th running of the Belmont Stakes, third leg of thoroughbred
racing's Triple Crown, will be run at Belmont Park.
On Sunday, June 8, Nordic and Baltic defense ministers are
scheduled to meet in Saaremaa, Estonia.
On this day
In 1083, Henry IV of Germany stormed Rome, capturing St.
In 1098, after a five-month siege in the First Crusade, the
Crusaders took Antioch.
In 1769, Capt. James Cook, a year into his circumnavigation of the world, observed the
transit of Venus over the Sun's disc, the main purpose of his voyage.
In 1818, the last of the Maratha Wars between the British and
the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British
supremacy in India.
In 1937, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated as King Edward VIII of England,
married Wallis Simpson in France.
In 1940, in World War II, the evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk was completed.
Over 335,000 British, French and Belgian troops were rescued.
In 1944, Generals Giraud and de Gaulle reached agreement on
the constitution of the French Committee of Liberation under
their joint presidency.
In 1950, a French expedition reached the top of the Himalayan
peak of Annapurna in Nepal for the first time.
In 1963, Pope John XVIII, known for his progressive views,
In 1965, Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to
walk in space when he stepped outside his Gemini 4 spacecraft.
In 1973, at the Paris air show the Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner, crashed,
killing 15 people.
In 1979, the worlds's worst oil spillage occurred as a result
of a marine blow-out beneath the drilling rig Ixtoc 1 in the
Gulf of Mexico.
In 1982, Israel's ambassador to London, Shlomo Argov, was shot and seriously
In 1990, Presidents Bush and Gorbachev wound up a superpower
summit in the United States with agreement on a number of arms control and trade issues.
In 1992, the world's largest environmental summit opened in
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with 178 nations taking part.
In 1995, defense ministers from NATO and European Union
countries agreed to set up a "rapid reaction force" to protect embattled U.N. peacekeeping
troops from Bosnian Serb aggression.
In 1996, NATO foreign ministers backed a path-breaking deal
that boosted the role of European members within the Atlantic
Today is the eighth anniversary of China's crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square. To relive the moment, check out "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" Web site. "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" is a documentary about the protests at Tiananmen in 1989 and the resulting Beijing Massacre on June 4.
Holidays and more
Today is Martyr's Day in Uganda.
Actor Tony Curtis is 72.
Actor Maurice Evans is 96.
Actor Scott Valentine is 39.
Singer Deniece Williams is 46.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan