Saturday, June 7, 1997
The 129th running of the Belmont Stakes, third leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, will be run at Belmont Park.
Denver converges on Civic Center Park for the Capitol Hill People's Fair, drawing an estimated 250,000 over two days.
The Eastern Illinois Fairgrounds, in Danville, Illinois, host more than 100 turtles for its annual Turtle Races day.
On the horizon
On Sunday, June 8, Nordic and Baltic defense ministers are
scheduled to meet in Saaremaa, Estonia.
On Monday, June 9, the Bank for International Settlements,
holds an annual meeting attended by world's senior central
banker in Basle, Switzerland.
On Tuesday, June 10, British violinist Nigel Kennedy and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber perform in Hong Kong.
On Wednesday, June 11, Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the U.S. with a stop in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, June 12, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a special performance in London to mark the opening of the Globe Theater, a copy of its Shakespearean namesake.
On this day
In 1329, Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died of leprosy and was succeeded by David II.
In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed, under which Spain and Portugal agreed to divide the New World between themselves.
In 1523, Gustavus Vasa was proclaimed King Gustavus I of Sweden after he defeated the Danes.
In 1893, Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of passive resistance was born when he was thrown off a segregated train in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he spent 21 years.
In 1905, Sweden and Norway agreed to end their union with a Treaty of Separation, which came into effect the following October.
In 1906, the famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania was launched. In 1915 it was sunk by a German U-boat.
In 1929, the Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.
In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the United States.
In 1942, the Battle of Midway came to an end, inflicting the first major naval defeat of the war on the Japanese.
In 1948, President Edvard Benes of Czechoslovakia resigned, rather than sign a new constitution which legalized the country as a communist state.
In 1971, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II docked in space with the Salyut space station.
In 1973, Willy Brandt visited Israel, the first visit by a West German leader to the country.
In 1981, Israeli planes attacked and destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad, Iraq.
In 1982, on the second day of its invasion of Lebanon, Israel
mounted major air attacks against Beirut, Tyre and Sidon.
In 1990, South African President F.W. De Klerk lifted the four-year-old state of emergency.
In 1996, Burma's military rulers passed a stiff new law effectively muzzling Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party.
Today is the day Silver Charm can win horse racing's Triple Crown with a victory at the Belmont Stakes. To catch a whiff of the excitement surrounding Silver Charm's run for the crown visit the NYRA home page for inside coverage of the Belmont.
Holidays and more
Malaysia celebrates the Birthday of Yang DiPertuan Agong.
Malta celebrates Sette Giugno.
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks is 80.
Singer Tom Jones is 57.
Singer Bill Kreutzmann is 51.
Actor Liam Neeson is 45.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, is 39.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan