Monday, June 9, 1997
The Bank for International Settlements,
central bank to the world's central banks, holds its annual
meeting, attended by the world's senior central bankers, in
EU economic and finance ministers meet in Luxembourg.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress
Michiko arrive in Argentina after a visit to Brazil to meet
leaders of the two countries and Japanese immigrants and
The international conference of Convention on
Trade In Endangered Species (CITES) begins in Harare, where
elephant-rich southern African states are hoping to persuade the world to
lift a blanket ban on trade in ivory.
On the horizon
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
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 Saturday, June 14, England celebrates the Trooping of the
Colour, an annual military ceremony marking the birthday of
On this day
In 1549, the Church of England adopted The Book of Common
Prayer, compiled by Thomas Cranmer.
In 1672, Peter I of Russia, known as Peter the Great, was
born. He introduced western influence into Russia and founded
St. Petersburg, which he made the new capital.
In 1800, in Napoleon's Italian campaign, the first Battle of
Montebello was fought and French forces defeated the
In 1815, the Congress of Vienna closed with the signing of
the Final Act. Among its provisions, Belgium and Luxembourg
united with Holland to form the Netherlands, Switzerland was
neutral, East Poland ceded to Russia and its western
provinces to Prussia. Changes also affected Italy, Spain and
In 1836, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, British physician and
the first woman to qualify as a doctor in England, was born.
In 1870, Charles Dickens, English novelist whose work
includes "Great Expectations" and "David Copperfield," died.
In 1874, Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache Indian chief, died.
He was one of the leaders of Indian resistance to white
settlers in the U.S. southwest.
In 1898, an agreement was signed under which Hong Kong was
leased to Britain from China for a period of 99 years.
In 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra presented its
In 1908, King Edward VII of Britain met Tsar Nicholas II of
Russia on board the Royal Yacht anchored in the Baltic. It
was the first meeting between a tsar and a British monarch.
In 1916, Robert McNamara, American industrialist, defense
secretary during the war in Vietnam, and president of the
World Bank from 1968-81, was born.
In 1918, the Noyon-Montidier offensive, a drive by the German
army in northern France to threaten Paris, began.
In 1928, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm became the
first to fly across the Pacific when they ended their flight
from California to Brisbane.
In 1958, Robert Donat, British actor of stage and screen and
Oscar winner for his part in the film "Goodbye Mr Chips,"
In 1959, the first submarine with Polaris missiles, the USS
George Washington, was launched by the U.S.
In 1991, Mount Pinatubo, a Philippines volcano that had been
dormant for 600 years, erupted, causing the evacuation of
U.S. troops from their air base.
In 1992, more than 700 known Mafiosi were arrested in a new
crackdown in southern Italy.
In 1993, U.S. officials admitted veterans of the Gulf War
were suffering from a mystery illness.
The Dragon Boat Festival, held annually in China, is held
today. The festival commemorates Chinese hero Qu Yuan, who
drowned himself in protest against injustice and corruption.
For more information, visit this Dragon Boat Festival site.
Holidays and more
Today is Malvinas Islands Memorial in Argentina.
Today is the Queen's Birthday in Australia and Papua New
Colombia celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Uganda celebrates Heroes Day.
It is the Dragon Boat Festival in China.
Actor Johnny Depp is 34.
Actor Michael J. Fox is 36.
Comedian Jackie Mason is 63.
Musician Les Paul is 81.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan