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Saturday, June 7, 1997

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  • "Class of 1997, you are beautiful. Go out and live like it. Be humble and be proud. Be of service. Be optimistic and grateful. Be brave and dream your dreams."

    -- President Bill Clinton

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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