Sunday, June 8, 1997
Swiss voters decide in national referendum whether to ban arms exports, whether explicit public approval is needed for the government to negotiate with the European Union, and whether to end the government's monopoly on the production of gun powder.
The Qingdao International Beer Festival takes place in Qingdao, China.
Nordic and Baltic defense ministers are scheduled to meet in Saaremaa, Estonia.
On the horizon
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 Friday, June 13, Aerospace America '97, one of the world's top acrobatic and military air shows, opens at Will Rodgers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
On this day
In 1697, Indians captured Hannah Duston and her child, among others, in an attack on Haverhill Massachusetts; Duston escaped April 29 after killing 10 Indians with a tomahawk and was given to first-ever public award to a woman in America for her efforts.
In 1783, the Laki, or Skafta, volcano began a series of eruptions in Iceland that lasted for eight months; a famine tied to the event led to the deaths of 10,000 people.
In 1789, the American Bill of Rights was first proposed by James Madison.
In 1867, the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin.
In 1874, the legendary Apache Indian Cochise died in southeastern Arizona after leading a resistance movement against the U.S. government for 13 years.
In 1967, the American intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats as it sailed in international waters off the Egyptian coast; thirty-four sailors died and 171 were wounded out of a crew of 294.
In 1975, Russian launched the Venera 9 to explore Venus; it was the first vehicle to send back pictures and surface data from Venus.
In 1992, the founder of MCI Communications, William McGowan, died in Washington, D.C.; McGowan changed the face of telecommunications by bringing low-cost long-distance phone service to the masses and leading the fight to break up AT&T's monopoly.
Holidays and more
Malaysia celebrates the Raja of Perlis Birthday.
Massachusetts celebrates Children's Day.
Former first lady Barbara Bush is 72.
Actor and former football player Bernie Casey is 58.
Singer James Darren is 61.
Actor Griffin Dunne is 42.
Actor Don Grady is 53.
Writer Sara Paretsky is 50.
Talk-show host Joan Rivers is 60.
Singer Boz Scaggs is 53.
Singer Nancy Sinatra is 57.
Comedian, actor Jerry Stiller is 68.
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and football player, Byron "Whizzer" White is 80.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan